Do You Have A Passion For Inclusive Design?

Design-athon invites you to solve problems identified by the disability community.

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Remarkable Design-athon

Our Design-athon has been running since 2014 and is a 5 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.

Why Apply?

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Access to mentorship, User Testing & coaching
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Inclusive Design-Thinking methodology support
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Financial investment for winning teams
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Direct Access to Remarkable™ Launcher Program

Challenge #1

Future of Work

How might we improve pathways for people with disability to enter meaningful and sustainable employment, feeling confident, supported, and in accessible environments?

challenge #2

Pain Communication

How might we improve pain communication for children and young people with complex communication needs, enabling parents, caregivers and healthcare providers to better respond appropriately to an individuals needs.

challenge #3

Inclusive AI

How might we use AI to enable greater independence and participation for people with disabilities in their daily lives and in their communities?


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, Screen reader accessible documents and Transcripts of video recorded sessions along with Sign Interpretation on request.

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 a new design sprint will be released. Teams will work through the modules and have the option to attend virtual drop in sessions with mentors, user testers, problem statement champions and the Remarkable team.

These sessions along with the accompanying documentation will give you all the information you need for each stage of the design process.

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 Launcher Program held later in 2023.

It’s recommended to allow 10 hours or more per week across the 4 week Design-athon. 2 hour of this will be optional contact time allocated to meet with mentors, the Remarkable team, user testers, problem statement champions and other Design-athon participants. 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.

Participant Ask me anything sessions

  • 09:00 – 10:00 Tuesday 20th June 2023
  • 09:00 – 10:00 Tuesday 27th June 2023
  • 09:00 – 10:00 Tuesday 4th July 2023
  • 09:00 – 10:00 Tuesday 11th July 2023

Design-athon showcase

  • 09:00 – 10:00 Tuesday 25th July 2023

We welcome participants from all around the world and appreciate the the Ask me anything sessions each week may not accommodate  your timezone and so understand if you are unable to attend.

The remainder of the content is on demand and can be accessed from anywhere in the world so long as you have an internet connection and a computer, tablet or smartphone.

Applications close on Sunday 11 June 2023 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 rd23@remarkable.org.au

You will be notified on Monday 12 June 2023 if your application is successful.

Winners of Remarkable Design-athon will be announced during the showcase event on Tuesday 24 July 2023.

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 modular learning platform teachable. We recommend that you have access to a computer, smart phone or tablet for the duration of the Design-athon and an internet connection.

Up to 30 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 the problem statement you have applied within?

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 Remarkable Launcher, taking place later in 2023. 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 Launcher 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.

Remarkable is committed to making problem statement solutions a reality through its support programs. These programs help teams progress from an idea to a fully operational business with potential for financial investment. The commitment starts with winning teams from Design-athon being awarded a portion of a prize pool worth AUD$10,000.