Designathon 2017

Designathon 2017 was a DesignSingapore Council initiative for designers, developers, entrepreneurs, students, healthcare workers and social service providers to collaborate and identify design solutions to enhance the lives persons with disabilities (PwDs) in Singapore.

Participants got a chance to design their own products for persons with disabilities, speak to mentors, work with Voluntary Welfare Organisations (VWOs), and win from a prize pool of over $10,000!

Theme and Challenges

The theme for this year’s Designathon was Inclusive Design for people with intellectual disability, autism spectrum disorder, sensory (sight or hearing) disability or physical disability. We searched for solutions that would help enhance the lives of PwDs in the following ways:


Gaining Independence

Many PwDs have the desire to manage their own lives, without caregivers.

How can they be empowered for greater independence?


Social Integration

PwDs want to know more people, but their disabilities often limit their contact and interaction.

How might they find ways to engage with the community?

Third Prize

Finding Employment

PwDs often have difficulties getting a job due to stereotyping or lack of confidence from employers.

How might society and employers be enlightened for greater empathy and understanding for them?

Designathon Timeline


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Check out the winning ideas from the Designathon!

A wheelchair attachment that easily converts a manual wheelchair into an electric one. The device can handle wheelchair access ramps and brakes easily, thus helping caregivers and preventing injuries.

First Prize – Wheelpower

A wheelchair attachment that easily converts a manual wheelchair into an electric one.

A crowdsourced platform that provides location- and proximity-based dining recommendations in an audio format to empower visually-impaired users to independently explore food options around them.

A single glove that enables visually-impaired individuals to type in Braille. The glove is worn on the user's dominant hand and each finger is assigned a function, enabled by a pressure sensor.

A hybrid utensil that helps patients with paralysis take their meals more independently and enables easy consumption of food, switching between fork and spook with a small force and simple rotation.

A specialised sports equipment system that helps PwDs to integrate into society by playing sports. It can measure the player's progress and is affordable, portable, adaptive and easy to assemble.

WheelyEasy crowdsources validated wheelchair-friendly routes from other wheelchair users or volunteers, and displays optimal route, alternative routes and heat maps to the user. It also has a help button that allows users to call staff from nearby retailers to support them if they are lost.

A scalable, self-sustaining navigation system that uses acceleration sensors and GPS to passively crowdsource accessible point-to-point routes for wheelchair users.

A customisable wristband with a variety of tactile textures that helps children with ASD, ADD or ADHD cope with their sensory needs and tolerate their environment. It increases social interaction and learning, and eliminates negative communicative behaviours.

A safe job marketplace for PwDs to showcase their skills and offer specialised tasks at competitive prices. This increases their visibility to employers and break stereotypes about PwDs in the workplace.

Gleepan is an app that helps people with Autism Spectrum Disorder and their caregivers understand their dietary needs, access meal recommendations and order the food and / or ingredients from allied food delivery partners. It also includes discussion forums and curated content.



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