What is a design slam?

A design slam is a fun challenge that allows participants to flex their design, strategy and presentation muscles. It’s a creative problem-solving competition that consists of groups from various disciplines working together to solve a real-world problem.

This year the O3 A11y Design Slam will be held on May 13 at 4 p.m. ET. Teams of 4-6 participants will be asked to come up with a solution that addresses situations that make it difficult for an individual with a disabling condition; while providing a broad positive impact.

Disabilities cover a broad spectrum that includes physical, cognitive, hearing and vision impairments. It can be easy to take for granted daily situations that are made more difficult for an individual with various situational, temporary or permanent disabilities.

Think – with accessibility in mind – how might we design something that solves for various disabilities, not just one. This can include the layout of a space, various assistive aides, to ways of pre-completing required tasks, or any other ideas your team may come up with.

Who should attend?

All types of participants are welcome – prior technology or accessibility experience is not required. O3 will provide the necessary digital materials and tools to attendees during the event. Please note, this will be a live event hosted on Zoom and will include live closed captioning as well as an American Sign Language (ASL) interpreter.

Who selects the winning team?

A panel of judges will critique each team on a scale of 1-10 using the following criteria:

  • Creativity – Is the solution inventive, innovative, or creative?
  • Feasibility – Is the solution feasible and practical?
  • Accessibility – Is the solution accessible to a range of disabilities?
  • Inclusivity – Is this solution taking a universal design approach?

Will there be prizes?

Yes! Each member on the winning team will be rewarded for their efforts with a $25 gift card.

Event Schedule

Thursday, May 13th, 2021

  • 4pm – 5pm ET – Challenge Introduction / Team Grouping / Problem Framing
  • 5pm – 6pm ET – Team Ideation
  • 6pm – 7pm ET – Presentation / QA / Judging
About O3

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