Around 15% of the world’s population, or 1 billion people are living with some form of disability. Despite this, the majority of digital products and technologies available today in the market are still not inclusive and accessible to people with disabilities.
On October 11, Microsoft held its first-ever AI for Accessibility Hackathon for developers, start-ups, and students in seven countries (Korea, Indonesia, Malaysia, Philippines, Singapore, Thailand, Vietnam).
Microsoft Philanthropies Singapore, the lead organizer of the APAC hackathon, partnered with Limitless Lab to incorporate design thinking in the competition’s program design.
APPROACH AND IMPACT
Limitless Lab designed the content of the design thinking session for the hackathon.
Integrating design thinking to the program design of the hackathon was necessary to make sure that the solutions that the hackers will come up with are human-centered and responsive to the needs of their target PWD sector.
On the day of the hackathon, Microsoft volunteers delivered the design thinking session with the content we developed except for the Philippines session, which was facilitated by Limitless Lab Founder and CEO, Joie Cruz.
EXPERIENCE AND LEARNING DESIGN
We developed the facilitators’ deck and canvas for the hackathon. We also conducted a virtual Train the Trainers’ workshop with 40+ Microsoft volunteer facilitators across the seven APAC countries where the hackathons will take place.
According to Microsoft Philanthropies Singapore, the design thinking session “added the most value to all participants in terms of coming up with relevant solutions” in all the seven hackathons across Asia Pacific.