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
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”).
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.