"Good design enables, not disables."

APPLICATIONS to thE 2021 design-athon ARE CLOSED


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In this year’s Design-athon, we took on one of three challenges and gained first-hand experience of how good design enables, rather than disables, human potential.

Join us in for a 4 week immersive Design-athon experience. Bu registering your team to address problem statements you’ll have a chance to win prizes and seed funding to invest back to your solution.


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Accessible smart home technology

How might we help people with limited mobility and speech to develop independence and autonomy in their homes through low cost smart home technology?

There are many smart home solutions on the market, but many require voice or fine dexterity to control a smartphone to use them. How can we use existing or new technology that considers the needs of people living with disability?


Inclusive future of work

How might we make self-employment radically more inclusive and accessible to people with disabilities?

How can we break down barriers to self-employment and empower people with disabilities who want to be self-employed.


Active and healthy ageing

How might we support and encourage older people with disability to live active and healthy lives to maintain their physical and mental wellbeing as they age?

There are a range of technologies, many focussed on physical fitness, or ageing/ageing in place, but not one solution that addresses the range of issues around staying physically and mentally well as you age, and not that are necessarily specific and appropriate/suitable, accessible and affordable for people with a disability.


At all Remarkable events we provide an opportunity prior to the beginning and throughout for participants to request accessibility requirements. At a minimum Remarkable will be providing: Closed captioning, Auslan interpretation (at live events and during program upon request) –  Australian Sign, Screen reader accessible documents and Transcripts of video recorded sessions.

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.


Find our frequently asked questions below. If you have further questions please email us.

Remarkable’s mission is to develop tech and innovation for inclusion of people with disabilities. 

Our Design-athon 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.

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.

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.

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.

Teams have a chance to win a share of the $20,000AUD 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 8 hours or more per week across the 4 week Design-athon. 2 hours of this will be contact time for masterclasses and the remaining time is for you and your fellow team members to decide.

We welcome participants from all around the world but unfortunately all participants must attend the main sessions to be able to participate in the event. The session will last no more than 2 hours and the rest of the time you spend on the project is up to you to determine.

We ask that you keep the following times free. All times are all AEDT

  • 17:00 – 19:00 Tuesday 7 September 2021
  • 17:00 – 19:00 Tuesday 14 September 2021
  • 17:00 – 19:00 Tuesday 21 September 2021
  • 17:00 – 19:00 Tuesday 28 September 2021
  • 17:00 – 19:00 Thursday 30 September 2021

Applications open on Wednesday 21 July 2021 and close on Sunday 29 August 2021 at 23:59 AEST.

Each design-thinking sprint will start with a 2 hour workshop led by our design-thinking partner SprintBase. These sessions along with the accompanying documentation will give you all the information you need for each stage of the design process.

On top of this each team will be supported by a mentor who will guide you through the 4 week event and be on hand to answer your questions.

Finally you will also have access to individuals with lived experience. You will be able rely on this network to ask questions, request feedback or involve in user testing.

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

Our events are a safe and innovative space for people across every gender, race, ethnicity, religion, country of origin, sexual orientation, visible and invisible disability, 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 rd20@remarkable.org.au

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.

You will be notified on Monday 30 August 2021 if your application is successful.

Winners of Remarkable Design-athon will be announced at Pitch Day on Thursday 30 September 2021.

Yes. No matter how far down the line you are with your business idea, so long as it answers one of the three problem statements 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 design thinking technology partner SprintBase. We recommend that you have access to a computer or tablet for the duration of the Design-athon and an internet connection.

Up to 21 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 three questions.

  • What experience do you bring to your team?
  • Why do you want to be a part of Remarkable Design-athon 2021?
  • What makes you passionate about the problem statement you have applied for?

We don’t require any previous work to have been done prior to kick off. However, if you would like to get one step ahead you can read up on design thinking methodology from our partner SprintBase here.

We are a division of Cerebral Palsy Alliance founded in 2016 with the aim to accelerate the development of technology and innovation that is inclusive of people with disability.

The IP regarding anything created during the event will be solely owned by the participants.

Yes we encourage all participants to continue to work on taking the idea forward. Funding will be awarded to the winning teams to help support this progress.

The funding offered to the winning teams is a grant, Remarkable will take no stake in the business at this stage. However, if the team is then successful in entering the Remarkable accelerator program, Remarkable will then offer up to $35,000 as an investment for a small share (typically around 5%) in the business.