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Good design changes lives

We invite you to this year's Design-athon

Take on one of three challenges and gain first-hand experience of how good design can change the lives of people with disability.

7 to 29 October 2020*

Join us for a 4 week immersive online Design-athon experience. By registering as an individual or a team to address one of three problem statements you’ll have a chance to gain funding to invest back into your solution.

*Participants can expect to spend approximately 8 hours per week on the Design-athon

Challenge #1


How might we increase access and effectiveness of services and support for people with disability and acquired injuries when they can’t access face to face supports (in rural, regional and emergency situations)?


The Australian bushfires in 2019 and COVID-19 in 2020 have revealed the inadequacies of continuity of care that people with disability and acquired injuries have faced for a long time in rural and regional contexts. How might we look at this differently to be better prepared for a more accessible future?

Challenge #2


How might we empower those receiving supported care (small group homes or independent living) to live their best life with each and every support staff aligned to their goals, aspirations and desires?


For support staff to do their job well, they must not just do their job safely and efficiently – they need to take into account individual wants, goals and aspirations. This challenge asks how might individuals be empowered to share those goals, aspirations and desires in a way that everyone can be aligned to those ends.

Challenge #3


How might we enable greater inclusion and access to eSports for people with disability to build competitive skills, connect with others and create identity as part of the gaming community?


The Xbox Adaptive Controller has opened up new worlds of gaming possibility. Some gaming companies are beginning to design games to include accessibility features which promote inclusivity. This challenge is to look for the next change to make eSports communities more inclusive.


What is Remarkable Design-athon?

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.

Who should come?

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.

Where will the design-athon take place?

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

What's in it for me?

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?

There is a total funding pool of A$36,000 which will be allocated to winning teams to invest in the development of their product post event. The winners will be selected by our judges after pitching in the final week of the Design-athon. Total prize money per youth team is A$1000.

How much time should I set aside to take part?

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.

When is compulsory contact time?

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

  • 17:00 – 19:00 Wednesday 7 October 2020 
  • 17:00 – 19:00 Tuesday 13 October 2020 
  • 17:00 – 19:00 Tuesday 20 October 2020 
  • 17:00 – 19:00 Tuesday 27 October 2020 
  • 17:00 – 19:00 Thursday 29 October 2020

When do applications close?

Our application window has been extend until 23:59 on Wednesday 23 September 2020.

What support is on offer throughout the Design-athon?

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.

I live with a disability, will the event be accessible to me?

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

How many members can be in one team?

We allow teams to apply who have no less than 3 and no more than 6 members.

I don’t have a team, can I still take part?

Of course. Please tick “I would like to be paired with other individual applicants” when applying and await to hear from us on email with next steps.

When will I find out if our application has been successful?

You will be notified on Thursday 24 September if your application is successful.

When will the winners be announced?

Winners of Remarkable Design-athon will be announced at Pitch Day on Thursday 29 October 2020.

Can I apply if I already have a business that answers one of the problem statements?

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.

How old do you have to be to be part of a youth team?

All youth team members must be under the age of 18 to apply. You will also need consent from a legal guardian for your application to be accepted.

What technology do I need to attend this virtual event?

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.

How many teams will be selected to take part?

Up to 21 teams will be selected to take part in this year’s Design-athon.

What questions will I be asked in my application?

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 2020?
  • What makes you passionate about the problem statement you have applied for?

How much prior knowledge do I need to take part?

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.

Who is Remarkable?

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.

Will we be provided with support to interview the target audience on our selected use cases?

Yes, we will provide you with support on interviewing potential users both from a methodology point of view and also provide you with connections to those with lived experience.

Need further support?

Drop us an email.