On 31st of January, Alfaisal University College of Engineering hosted the concluding projects exhibition of the CoCreate 2020 fellowship program for assistive technology.
In late January 2020, the Humanistic Co-Design Initiative (HCDI) launched CoCreate Saudi Arabia with a 3-day workshop event that advocated for the application of the Humanistic Co-Design Process to develop assistive technologies that value the lived experience of the local community. Designed as a one-year interdisciplinary innovation fellowship program, CoCreate brought together a group of scientists and engineers from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) with local innovators to collaboratively develop new assistive technologies alongside local people with disabilities (experience experts
The fellowship program lasted one year and it’s a cooperative of individuals, organizations and institutions working together to increase awareness about how designers, makers, and engineers can apply their skills in collaboration with people who have disabilities through the Humanistic Co-design Process to develop new and innovative assistive technologies.
+25 Projects were presented in the exhibition, and it covered different areas in assistive technologies like audio, visual, social and more
Dr. Mohammad Ana, Dean of College of Engineering at Alfaisal University gave the opening remarks of the fellowship conclusion ceremony, and Dr. Abdulhamid Taha Vice Dean for Research gave a speach, alongside a group of esteemed speakers like Ms Areej Al-Wabil, Director, HCI Design Lab, and Shiroq Al-Megren Program Manager, HCDI – CoCreate Saudi Arabia
To Know more about the CoCreate projects, you can visit https://cocreate20.org/cocreate20/team-grid/