The idea of the Enable Makeathon emerged from a collaboration between the Innovation Initiative and Physical Rehabilitation Programme at the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC). The ICRC supports a large number of persons with disabilities across the world and has active programmes in more than 40 countries. Most of these people – men, women as well as and most unfortunately, thousands of children – are in rural settings and from less privileged communities. The ICRC’s support and assistance, helps them cope with their daily challenges and live their lives with dignity. The Enable Makeathon, however, is a unique project as it brings ideas, designs and technologies together on one platform and creates products that are eventually scaled up for business and would be manufactured for use across the globe. This is done through a collaboration between humanitarians, start-ups, engineers, academics, and businesses, all committed to finding solutions for the differently abled.
This year the ICRC is partnering with the Global Disability Innovation Hub and University College London to bring the Enable Makeathon to London. The concurrent event will maximise the reach of the project, bringing in new partnerships and opportunities.
The International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) is an impartial, neutral and independent organization ensuring humanitarian protection and assistance to people adversely affected by situations of humanitarian concern. Established in 1863 and based in Geneva, Switzerland, the ICRC employs some 14,500 people in more than 80 countries. The ICRC provides physical rehabilitation services worldwide. Since 1979 millions of people in more than 48 countries have benefited from physical rehabilitation services, such as physiotherapy, the provision of over 1.4 million assistive devices and their repair and maintenance. In addition to developing our own prosthetics technology and acquiring a high level of expertise, we attach great importance to maintaining support for long term physical rehabilitation projects and initiatives.
The Global Disability Innovation Hub (GDI Hub) is a world leading research, teaching and practice centre born out of the London 2012 Paralympic Games. A space for academic excellence, innovative practice and co-creation; the GDI Hub harnesses the power of technology for good through collaboration, technology and partnerships.
The GDI Hub explores disability innovation from a new perspective; collaborating with disabled people, practitioners, organisations, academics, business and communities to make transformative change through inclusive design and creative thinking. Based within UCL, we bring together the disability expertise of University of the Arts London, Loughborough University in London, Saddler’s Wells Theatre and the V&A, as well as the communities and experts that delivered the games.
Mr. Dipendra Manocha
Ms. Deepa Narasimhan
Dr. Catherine Holloway
Mr. Deviji Buchiya
Mr. Anuj Jain
Dr. Himangshu Das