Are you Design-athon’s next winning team?!

Applications to the 2022 design-athon are now closed.

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August 2 - September 6

Join us in for a 4 week immersive Design-athon experience. By registering your team to address this year’s mission you’ll have a chance to win prizes and seed funding to invest back to your solution. The winning teams will also get a place in the Remarkable pre-accelerator, starting in October 2022

This year's MISSION

To use technology to amplify, enrich and empower young people living with disability to live their future today

Young person in a wheel chair using a smart tablet next to a person sitting and looking over the shoulder towards the smart tablet.

Unlike previous years where we would bring participants together to help solve one of three problem statements, this year we propose a new style of design-athon which focuses on one mission and leaves the participants an open playing field to align with the mission and create technology that supports those at its core.


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, sign 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 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.

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 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.

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 $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.

The winning teams will also secure themselves a place in the brand new Remarkable Surface Program held later in 2022.

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 allocate as you see fit.

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

  • 17:00 – 18:30 2 August 2022 – Kickoff
  • 17:00 – 19:00 9 August 2022 – Field Research
  • 17:00 – 19:00 16 August 2022 – Form Insights
  • 17:00 – 19:00 23 August 2022 – Generate Ideas
  • 17:00 – 19:45 30 August 2022 – Prototype & Getting pitch Ready
  • 17:00 – 18:30 6 September 2022 – Pitch day

We welcome participants from all around the world but unfortunately everyone 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 your team to allocate as works best for you.

Applications have been extended and now close on Wednesday 27 July 2022 at 23:59 AEST.

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

You will be notified on Wednesday 27 July 2022 if your application is successful.

Winners of Remarkable Design-athon will be announced at Pitch Day on Tuesday 6 September 2022.

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 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 two questions.

  • Why do you want to be a part of Remarkable Design-athon?
  • What makes you passionate about this years mission?

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

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. All the Design-athon participating teams are encouraged to apply to the Remarkable pre-accelerator, taking place from October to December 2022. Cash funding will also be awarded to the 3 winning teams of the Design-athon to help support their progress, provided they take part in the pre-accelerator and achieve the participation milestones.

The funding offered to the winning teams is a grant, Remarkable will take no stake in the business at this stage.