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:
Many PwDs have the desire to manage their own lives, without caregivers.
How can they be empowered for greater independence?
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?
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?
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.
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.
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.