Co-CreATe ’20 Riyadh brought together students from MIT and local universities to apply a humanistic co-design process to the identification, documentation, and prototyping of early-stage innovations in assistive technology products. The workshop was focused on empowering local designers, makers, and engineers (“citizen-inventors”) to collaboratively develop new assistive technologies alongside local people living with disabilities (“co-designers”).

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.

Dr. Kyle Keane

At the end of the workshop event, a review panel convened, the most compelling and promising teams were selected to move forward into the Fellowship Period. The official beginning of the year-long fellowship began at the end of the workshop event (26, January 2020). 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 centres. Membership to the fellowship must be actively maintained by the teams with the satisfactory completion of four Progress reports as determined by their mentors and program administrative staff. Teams are expected to address any feedback before progressing to each milestone.

Fellowship timeline for Co-CreATe ’20 Riyadh.