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Challenge Workshops

Challenge Workshops, directed by Julia Cassim, was a knowledge transfer programme that focused on techniques in inclusive design practice as a tool for innovation.

Challenge Workshops can be traced back to the first DBA Inclusive Design Challenge held at the Royal College of Art in 2000 – a process intended as a simple designer-friendly mechanism to transfer knowledge to design consulting firms and their industry clients about the inclusive design process and show how interaction with disabled people could be a direct route to mainstream product and service innovation.

The first DBA Inclusive Design Challenge made a major impact. It proved so influential that the Helen Hamlyn Centre developed and extended the Challenge workshop model in various contexts, in the UK and abroad.

In January 2005, the design firm Sieberthead asked the centre to help in devising a three-day innovation workshop for staff of the multinational giant Reckitt Benkiser. Sieberthead had taken part in the DBA Challenge twice and been impressed by the creative stimulus, rapid knowledge transfer and internal teamwork that the experience engendered. They felt that the process would benefit not only designers but also those who commission design work and take new products to market. This proved to be the case.

The success of this workshop, and of a 24 Hour Inclusive Design Challenge organised as part of Include 2005, led to a series based on the Challenge model. See reports of these Challenge Workshops including details of the projects.

Recent Challenge workshops reports:

Past Challenge workshops reports: