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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 30 September 2021*

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 enable low cost control of smart home technology for clients with limited mobility and speech to provide independence and autonomy in their own homes?


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 make an all-in-one solution that considers the needs of those who don’t use voice or have fine dexterity?



Challenge #2


How might we make self-employment radically more inclusive and accessible to people with disabilities (through a remote all-in-one solution)?                             


How can we break down barriers to self-employment by creating the “Gloss Genius for disability” ( and help people with disabilities who want to be self-employed, automate appointment scheduling, free same day deposits/ credit card transactions, conduct client database/management, and have built-in marketing tools?

Challenge #3


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.                                                                                             .


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 funding pool 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.

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 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

When do applications close?

Applications open on Wednesday 21 July 2021 and close on Friday 20 August 2021.

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 2 and no more than 6 members.

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

Minimum team numbers for this years event is 2 people. Please reach out to likeminded individuals in your own network to build you Design-athon team.

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

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

When will the winners be announced?

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

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.

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 2021?
  • 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.

Need further support?

Drop us an email.