INCLUSIVE PLAY Futures is a partnership between the U.lab at UTS and Cerebral Palsy Alliance, a non-profit organisation that provides services to thousands of people with cerebral palsy and their families.
Dr Joanne Jakovich and Dr Jochen Schweitzer explain the INCLUSIVE PLAY challenge -- to imagine and prototype new ways to overcome social exclusion through play -- was run as the main project of the Entrepreneurship Lab in 2013.
The Entrepreneurship Lab is an interdisciplinary design thinking environment within which students leverage their own discipline knowledge to innovate new approaches for solving components of a big picture problem. Students work collaboratively in mixed teams to apply the skills and practices of ‘Design Thinking’ and ‘Creative Enterprise’ to develop solutions that catalyse social purpose into the reality of business.
This semester’s subject includes postgraduate students from Business, IT and Design working on the brief of INCLUSIVE PLAY FUTURES. Together we went on a journey through which the students are equipped with tools for human-centred design and design thinking to devise possible solutions for the problem.
The problems we engage with are ‘wicked’ in nature, in that there are no neat packaged solutions, and none that are ‘right’ or ‘wrong’, merely better or worse. Creating possible solutions and building prototypes helps us better understand the problem area itself. And the solutions are never really final, but continue to evolve, sometimes even after the semester is finished.
The project is an exciting convergence of students, university academics, industry mentors, human-centred design-led innovation and a technology on the cusp of adoption. This video captures our experiences.
Thanks to our subject sponsors and keen collaborators at the Cerebral Palsy Alliance.
This video is supported by the Deputy Vice Chancellor's Office of Teaching and Learning at UTS.