#CoCreate20

Humanistic Co-design of Assistive Technology

WHAT IS HUMANISTIC CO-DESIGN?

Humanistic Co-design is an extension of contemporary design approaches, such as design thinking and human-centered design, that emphasizes the emergent inspiration that comes from the dissolution of the designer-client relationship in favor of a mutual engagement of peers with complementary experiences and expertise.

Prof Kyle Keane, Lecturer and Research Scientist @ Massachusetts Institute of Technology

Co-CreATe '20

This project brings together students from MIT and local universities to apply this co-design process to the identification, documentation, and prototyping of early-stage innovations in assistive technology products. The workshop is focused on empowering local designers, makers, and engineers (“citizen-inventors”) to collaboratively develop new assistive technologies alongside local people living with disabilities (“co-designers”).

IdeATe

InnovATe

ImpAcT

Co-CreATe '20 Fellowship Opportunity

At the end of the workshop event a review panel will convene, the most compelling and promising teams will be selected to move forward into the Fellowship Period. The official begining of the year-long fellowship begins at the end of the workshop event. The selected teams will gain access to mentoring about technical and operational logistics and professional networking with weekly online community meetings and online consultations with program staff and mentors from MIT, local university and research centers. Membership to the fellowship must be actively maintained by the teams with the satifactorily compeltion of four Progress reports as determined by their mentors and program administrive staff. Teams are expected to address any feedback before progressing to each milestone.

Fellowship Timeline

Fellows '20

Be.Ro.
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Be.Ro.

Telerehabilitation in Occupational Therapy

Team Meshal
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Team Meshal

Electric Wheelchair Peripherals

Team Ahmed
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Team Ahmed

Augmentative & Alternative Communication

Swifties
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Swifties

Fine-Motor Skills Development Grasping Instruments

Team Fahad
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Team Fahad

Mobility Innovations: Curb Climbers

Team Alnajashi
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Team Alnajashi

Color Detection: Unveiling the World of Colour for the Blind

Team ArSL
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Team ArSL

Gesture-based Sign Language Communication Systems

Team Autism
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Team Autism

Social Robots: Arabic Conversational AI Agents

SpectEcho
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SpectEcho

Alternative Communication: Echolocation

Show Me
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Show Me

Indoor Navigation Aids

Team Tamadhur
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Team Tamadhur

Accessibility Service Platform: A11y KSA

Team Samahir
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Team Samahir

Sensor-based Fall Detection

MENTORS

Anna Musser
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Anna Musser

Massachusetts Institute of Technology

Sujithra Raviselvam
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Sujithra Raviselvam

Singapore University. of Technology and Design

MIT STUDENT MENTORS

Laura Y Huang
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Laura Y Huang

Massachusetts Institute of Technology

Smita Bhattacharjee
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Smita Bhattacharjee

Massachusetts Institute of Technology

Mark E Vrablic
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Mark E Vrablic

Massachusetts Institute of Technology

Amanda J Roberts
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Amanda J Roberts

Massachusetts Institute of Technology

Aaron J Yeiser
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Aaron J Yeiser

Massachusetts Institute of Technology

Ginny Sun
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Ginny Sun

Massachusetts Institute of Technology

Booker B Schelhaas
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Booker B Schelhaas

Massachusetts Institute of Technology

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