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Do You Have a Passion For Inclusive Design?

Our Design-athon invites budding entrepreneurs to solve problems using an inclusive design methodology.

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AboutDesign-athon

Our Design-athon has been running since 2014 and is a 5 week challenge that invites  budding entrepreneurs from across the globe to solve problems identified by the disability community using an inclusive design methodology.

The Design-athon experience includes:

  • Access to mentorship, user testing & coaching
  • Inclusive design-thinking methodology support
  • Financial investment for winning teams
  • Direct access to Remarkable™ Launcher Program

What Kind Of Problems Do Participants Solve?

Remarkable updates the three challenge statements for our Design-athon based on insights from the disability community to ensure the solutions we pursue are truly needed.

Below is an example of our 2023 Design-athon problem statements.

Design-athonAccommodations

At all Remarkable events we provide an opportunity prior to the beginning and throughout for participants to request accessibility adjustments. At a minimum Remarkable will be providing: Closed captioning, Screen reader accessible documents and Transcripts of video recorded sessions along with Sign Interpretation on request.

Other accommodations can be requested outside of those listed above. We encourage all participants to contact Remarkable to discuss what requirements are needed to ensure an equal experience for all participants.

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Frequently Asked Questions

Find our frequently asked questions below. If you can’t find an answer to your questions below, please use the question submission form or send us an email to hello@remarkable.org.

Participant Criteria

Our Design-athon has been running since 2014 and is a 4 week challenge that invites budding entrepreneurs to solve problems identified by our community using an inclusive design methodology with the intent to see more products and services, in turn answering this very mission.

We have designed the program and activities to be tackled in teams. If you are unable to build a team you can use the Design-athon team finder tool here to find other applicants looking for team mates.

We allow teams to apply who have no less than 2 and no more than 6 members.

If you are unable to build a team you can use the Design-athon team finder tool here.

Who should come?

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Remarkable Design-athon brings together designers, developers, creatives, entrepreneurs, students, people with disability, and disability service professionals to create inclusive solutions in a four-week event.

The Design-athon will be a complete online experience and will be accessible by anyone anywhere.

Each design-thinking week a new design sprint will be released. Teams will work through the modules and have the option to attend virtual drop in sessions with mentors, user testers, problem statement champions and the Remarkable team.These sessions along with the accompanying documentation will give you all the information you need for each stage of the design process.

What's in it for me?

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In just 4 weeks you will not only learn how inclusive design can change lives but you will also become familiar with design-thinking methodologies.

What are the prizes?

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Teams have a chance to win a share of the $10,000AUD prize pool, including prizes and potential cash funding to invest back into their solution at the end of the 4 week challenge. The winners will be selected by our judges after pitching in the final week of the Design-athon.

It’s recommended to allow 10 hours or more per week across the 4 week Design-athon. 2 hour of this will be optional contact time allocated to meet with mentors, the Remarkable team, user testers, problem statement champions and other Design-athon participants. The remaining time is for you and your fellow team members to allocate as you see fit.

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We welcome participants from all around the world and appreciate the the Ask me anything sessions each week may not accommodate  your timezone and so understand if you are unable to attend.The remainder of the content is on demand and can be accessed from anywhere in the world so long as you have an internet connection and a computer, tablet or smartphone.

When do applications close?

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This is an accessible environment where everyone is welcome and included.

Our events are a safe and innovative space for people across every visible and invisible disability, gender, race, ethnicity, religion, country of origin, sexual orientation, and age. Please reach out to us if you have any questions or if you require assistance accessing this virtual event. You can reach us at hello@remarkable.org

You will be notified

Winners of Remarkable Design-athon will be announced during the showcase event during the final week of the program.

Yes. No matter how far down the line you are with your business idea, so long as it is aligned with this year’s mission, we encourage you to apply. Applicants will be required to complete further user research during the Design-athon to ensure that solutions are well suited to customer needs.

Remarkable Design-athon will be held virtual using Slack Communications, Zoom video conferencing and our modular learning platform teachable. We recommend that you have access to a computer, smart phone or tablet for the duration of the Design-athon and an internet connection.

Up to 30 teams will be selected to take part in this year’s Design-athon.

Aside from admin based questions such as your name, email and team details we will ask the following two questions.

  • Why do you want to be a part of Remarkable Design-athon?
  • What makes you passionate about the problem statement you have applied within?

We don’t require any previous knowledge or work on design thinking, disability or entrepreneurship.

Remarkable is committed to making problem statement solutions a reality through its support programs. These programs help teams progress from an idea to a fully operational business with potential for financial investment. The commitment starts with winning teams from Design-athon being awarded a portion of a prize pool worth AUD$10,000.

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