Remarkable Insights Podcast

Exploring How Disability Drives Innovation

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Some of the world’s greatest entrepreneurs and technologies have been shaped by lived experience of disability but how much do we know about the intersection between innovation and disability? And what does it mean for the future of technology at large? 

Remarkable Insights Podcast series features disability tech pioneers who are pushing the boundaries of innovation, business and social norms.

New episodes will be released fortnightly starting from May 18, 2023 until December 3, 2023. 

Season 2 Episode 10 - Varun Chandak

Get ready for a riveting chat with Varun Chandak, founder of Access to Success, a Canadian non-profit powerhouse dedicated to shaping future leaders with disabilities. Varun opens up about his personal journey growing up with hearing loss in India, and how assistive tech became his game-changer!

Discover his passion for accelerating accessibility startups and empowering students and future leaders with disabilities. This episode is a testament to technology’s transformative power—don’t miss it!

Season 2 Episode 9 - Minnie Baragwanath Part 2

Join us as we delve further into Minnie Baragwanath’s unlikely journey to becoming an eBook pioneer, fueled by a love for English literature, supportive Mum and cassette tapes!

In this Part 2 of our chat, Minnie shares how her personal experience with disability ignited her pursuit of social change and cultivated her unique worldview, standing firm on the belief that equality is not just a dream, but an attainable goal. Be ready for some truly remarkable insights!

Season 2 Episode 8 - Minnie Baragwanath

Dive into the blindingly obvious and transformative world of the four-letter word ‘with’ in our new episode featuring Author, Social Entrepreneur and Access Innovator, Minnie Baragwanath!

In this conversation, Minnie challenges us to envisage the enormous potential of innovation powered by ‘with’ and how this is key to true disruption. We delve into a meaningful discussion on how innovation steered by people living with disability or ‘access citizens’ is fundamental in sketching a future brimming with possibilities. A future that celebrates and honors this community as the incredible innovators, creators, designers, and citizens they are!

Season 2 Episode 7 - Steve King

Learning coding in a small town at age 10 to Atlassian Foundation Director today – meet the unstoppable Steve King!

Our latest episode taps into Steve’s fascinating journey of putting technology and innovation at the forefront of social causes. From scaling heights at global tech hotspots like Canva, Atlassian, and Yahoo, to co-founding a startup that champions for people with disability, Steve has challenged himself relentlessly.

If you’re yearning for a sneak peek into a passionate world where problem-solving meets positive change, join this episode now!

Season 2 Episode 6 - Srin Madipalli

Meet Srin Madipalli, a trailblazing tech-entrepreneur and investor, whose game-changing startup, Accomable, was snapped up by Airbnb in 2017! Did we mention he was also a former corporate lawyer, with an MBA, a genetics degree holder, and wields some web development skills on the side too? Mind-blown, right?

In this episode Srin shares the story of how he and a friend transformed an idea for a disability-focused magazine into an accessible travel startup that disrupted the industry. More so, he shines a spotlight on a burning issue – the huge gaps in capital for the disability market, urging governments to take notice. Srin Madipalli, folks, what CAN’T he do?

Season 2 Episode 5 - Kelly Schulz

Kelly Schulz, host of Knowable.Me podcast, invites us to explore how the uniqueness of being human impacts how we experience the world.

Kelly asks us to be more curious about experiences in our day-to-day lives that often go unnoticed from products, services, retail and digital experiences, to uncover opportunities to promote inclusion and enhance economic and social participation for all.

Season 2 Episode 4 - Dinesh Palipana OAM

Doctor Dinesh Palipana OAM was the first quadriplegic medical intern in Queensland and the second person to graduate medical school with quadriplegia in Australia.

In this episode we speak with Dinesh who is also a lawyer, advocate, and researcher about his journey as a doctor with disability and the role technology has played in enhancing his doctor patient relationships and challenging the medical model of disability. 

Season 2 Episode 3 - Elizabeth Chandler

Artificial Intelligence and Machine Learning technologies are powerful and can be a huge asset to your organisation! However, have you considered the bias that could be building up in your new technology?

In this episode we speak with self-proclaimed “poet of code”, Founder and CTO of The Good Robot Company, Elizabeth Chandler, who is developing solutions to analyse, diagnose and eliminate biases in artificial intelligence and machine learning systems.

Season 2 Episode 2 - Jennison Asuncion Part 2

To kick off Season Two of Remarkable Insights we were thrilled to speak with Jennison Asuncion, who is a Co-Founder of Global Accessibility Awareness Day (GAAD). This role is just one of the many metaphoric hats that Jennison wears, another notable one is that he is Head of Accessibility at LinkedIn!

Check out part two of our conversation with Jennison where we dive into his career and what it’s like to shape the accessibility at LinkedIn, which is one of the world’s biggest startups.

Season 2 Episode 1 - Jennison Asuncion Part 1

Today we are celebrating the launch of Remarkable Insights Season Two AND Global Accessibility Awareness Day (GAAD)!

The purpose of GAAD is to get everyone talking, thinking and learning about digital access and inclusion, and the more than one billion people living with disabilities worldwide – so what better way to celebrate this day than to be joined by Co-Founder of GAAD and Head of Accessibility at LinkedIn, Jennison Asuncion!

In this episode we speak with Jennison about what it takes to actually create a global awareness day and how one blog post transformed into a worldwide celebration.

Season 2 Trailer

We’re thrilled to announce we are coming back for Season Two of Remarkable Insights, which is set to launch on Global Accessibility Awareness Day (GAAD)!

This year, Remarkable Insights host Viv Mullan, continues our conversation with disability-tech pioneers who are pushing the boundaries of innovation, business and social norms, AND we are taking it up a notch by doubling the amount of episodes!

We will explore a wider range of topics from a new range of guests – from artificial intelligence to the future of accessible travel, from the experience of doctors living with disabilities to a day-in-the-life of LinkedIn’s Head of Accessibility – this season is jam-packed with Remarkable insights!

Tune in to our first episode being dropped on May 18th and join us to learn how disability drives innovation.

Season 1 Episode 8 - International day of people with disability

Today’s episode is one big celebration – not only is it the final episode of Remarkable Insights season 1 but today also marks International Day of People with Disability (IDPwD)!

This year, the United Nations is observing IDPwD by exploring the role of innovation in fuelling an accessible and equitable world, which fits the theme of our podcast perfectly. In the following episode we explore what this theme means to the Remarkable community and look back at some unheard moments from this season where our guests highlight how disability drives innovation.

Season 1 Episode 7 - Andrew Gurza

Please note the following episode contains sexual themes and references.

In the following episode we chat all things sex-tech and disability, with none other than the brilliant, Andrew Gurza.

Andrew is an award winning Disability Awareness Consultant and the Chief Disability Officer and Co-founder of Bump’n, a sex toy company for and by disabled people. He has been featured on BBC, CBC, Huffington Post, Mashable, Wall Street Journal, Startup Daily and the list goes on. Andrew is also the host of Disability After Dark: The Podcast Shining a Bright Light on Disability Stories and has spoken all over the world on sex and disability.

In our conversation we discuss Andrew’s personal journey and the work Bump’n is doing to dismantle the ableism and broaden the accessibility of the sex-tech industry.

Season 1 Episode 6 - Charli Skinner

When we think of what it takes to be a successful entrepreneur, we might think of innovation, determination and ability to adapt to change. It should come at no surprise then that there has and continues to be a growing wealth of talent in disabled entrepreneurs – but how can we do better to harness this largely untapped talentpool?

In this episode we speak with advocate and founder Charli Skinner, who’s on a mission to empower young adults who are chronically ill and disabled to design a radically inclusive world around us.

Charli shares her experience of acquiring a brain injury and how this exposed the stark reality of inaccessible workplaces, the hidden costs of disability and has taught her how we can do better to tap into the potential of disabled entrepreneurs.

Season 1 Episode 5 - Bernard Chiira

Did you know that more than 1 billion people globally are living with some form of disability, and that 80% of this population live in low- and middle-income countries? And that only 1 in 10 of those have access to the assistive technology they need?

In the following episode we speak with Bernard Chiira, Founder of Africa’s 1st Assistive Technology Accelerator based in Nairobi, Kenya, to talk about his life growing up with scoliosis and his mission to raise the business profile of investing in assistive tech Startups in Africa.

We discuss the accessibility, equity and affordability of assistive technology in Africa and how regulation must meet the needs of innovation in order to get the technology into the hands of those who need it most.

Season 1 Episode 4 - Professor Sébastien Jodoin

Do you consider the disability community when thinking about climate change? Professor Sébastien Jodoin, director of the disability inclusive climate action research programme, joins us in this episode to discuss how his experience with disability in combination with his academic and legal careers has motivated him to study the relationship between climate change and disability.

As we look to the future and a truly innovative, accessible, and inclusive strategy to tackling climate change from both a tech and policy perspective, we examine why people with disabilities aren’t discussed in Climate Change justice conversations and why this needs to change.

Season 1 Episode 3 - Matt Pierri

From Melbourne to the hallways of Oxford University! The CEO and creator of the “Sociability” app, Australia’s Matt Pierri, joins us to talk about his mission to empower disabled individuals to benefit from greater social inclusion and meaningful equality of opportunity. We also talk about the obvious but frequently disregarded economic advantages of accessibility.

Season 1 Episode 2 - Giselle Mota

What do you get when you cross a futurist with a disability rights activist AND an entrepreneur who has the courage to take on the Metaverse? Giselle Mota!

Giselle is the founder of the NIFTY collective, a project whose goal is to include people with disabilities in the “Web 3” and the “Metaverse.” Furthermore, you’ll learn exactly what the Metaverse actually is and why it’s important to construct inclusion and accessibility from the start.

Season 1 Episode 1 - Jonathan Kaufman

Just outside of New York the term “Disability Economy” is making its way across the globe and this is thanks to the brilliant work of Professor Jonathan Kaufman.

Born with Cerebral Palsy, Jonathan’s disability has been a profound part of his personal, academic, and professional life and it’s also how he ended up as the former Policy Advisor to the White House on Diversity and Disability and with a column in Forbes magazine.

In the following conversation we dive into the brilliant mind of Jonathan unpacking the concept of the Disability Economy and what this market means for the future of the tech industry.

Season 1 Trailer

When you think tech and innovation, do you think disability? Some of the world’s greatest entrepreneurs, innovations and technologies have been shaped by lived experience of disability but how much do we know about the intersection between innovation and disability?


Remarkable Insights host Viv Mullan, takes us across the globe to speak with disability-tech pioneers who are pushing the boundaries of innovation, business and social norms. We talk tech, we talk disability, we talk to real humans about real change.


Tune in to learn how disability drives innovation.