Technology leaving no one behind

What is the purpose of the initiative?

Technology Leaving no one Behind provides opportunities and support to make inclusion and accessibility a natural part of engineering new sustainable technological solutions at DTU. The initiative focuses on inclusion and accessibility in both educational and entrepreneurial activities. 

Sustainability is more than environmental aspects; it is about developing technology for ALL people putting attention to accessibility, inclusion and social impact of your solution leaving no one behind. The initiative focuses on the future of sustainable technological solutions by contributing to the fundamental principle behind the UN Sustainable Development Goals of “Leaving no one behind”.

Technological solutions that attend to accessibility and inclusion can enhance usability, simplicity and functionality as well as drive innovation, increase market reach to larger user-groups and greater social impact. This leads to better solutions for ALL and enables the 15% of the global population with disabilities to have equal opportunities for participation and contribution to society. 

Technology Leaving no one Behind boosts current DTU Skylab offers as well as drives a number of unique, new activities, offers and events, including: 

  • Launching entrepreneurship and innovation programs and activities, case competitions and workshops, as well as network and coaching for start-ups working in the field of universal design and assistive technology

  • Developing extracurricular activities, tools and methods to support and introduce students to universal design in both research, education and technological innovation, guided by Post.doc. Dagný Valgeirsdottir.

  • Building strategic initiatives, ecosystems and partnerships externally and internally at DTU to ensure the full future anchorage of the initiative.


    DTU Skylab offers: 

  • Course workshops and guest lectures  interested in how accessibility and inclusion can benefit your curriculum? Invite us to come tell about the why and how of inclusive technology, diversity in user-groups, leaving no one behind, and more in your course or study programme. 

  • Staging Co-Creation & Creativity Course  focusing on co-creation, user-driven innovation, and participatory design approaches students learn to develop solutions leaving no one behind and maintain an inclusive mindset with an emphasis on universal design. The course is run by Dagný Valgeirsdottir every Fall semester. Sign up on Study Planner here.

  • Supervising & mentoring – on DTU student projects about universal design and assistive technology within bachelors, masters or special course study programmes by Post.Doc. Dagný Valgeirsdottir. 

  • Methods, tools & universal design playbook – providing resources to drive creativity and innovation in inclusive solutions from probe kits, to ability prompt cards, telepresence robots, books on universal design and our very own Universal Design Playbook. Check it all out here and contact dagnva@dtu.dk to learn more.

  • Real world inclusivity challenges – Collaborate with external partners on challenges for real people with real impact as part of your course, bachelor project or master’s thesisProvided by industry, user-organizations and end-users. Contact us to hear about our active challenges from e.g. Roskilde Festival, Center for the Deaf, or The Danish Association of the Physically Disabled. Pressalit A/S also invites students to collaborate and work on their challenge.

  • Network to user-organizations and ecosystem – want to co-create, validate your solution, do user-testing or find industry partners? Get in touch and let us help you find relevant users, industry partners or participate with a user-challenge.

  • Events, case competitions & workshops –Showcase your inclusive project, hear interesting keynotes and network with likeminded people when Technology Leaving no one Behind and DTU Skylab hosts events on universal design and accessibility. Next event Innovation Day at DTU Skylab, DEC 13, 2021Sign up here to be first in line for an invitation. Watch our last event “Leaving no one Behind – The Entrepreneurial Opportunity” here.

  • Entrepreneurship & innovation programs  Connect, explore and learn why and how leaving no one behind can be an entrepreneurial opportunity for your project idea or start-up solution. We provide opportunities within internal and external accelerators, events and offers for entrepreneurs working within accessibility and inclusion.Sign up for DTU Skylab Ignite and accelerate your inclusive solution.

  • Open Innovation X INCLUSIVE Spring 2022  You are invited to join DTU Skylab's innovation competition about universal design and assistive technology, whether you are a student, a startup or a company. Learn more here.

  • Start-up Coaching & Mentoring  DTU Skylab offers coaching and mentoring on the topic of universal design and assistive technology for student projects, startups and entrepreneurs at DTU. Book a start-up coach here. Looking for a mentor for your start-up? Contact linejo@dtu.dk to learn more. 

  • DTU Skylab Funding for start-ups  in the field of universal design and assistive technology. Apply for Bevica Seed Grants through DTU Skylab Funding here.  Next deadline: FEBRUARY 13, 2022Learn how you can receive Bevica Seed Grants for your start-up idea.

  • Free coffee and a chat  Contact us to learn how you can partner or participate in developing solutions leaving no one behind as student, start-up, organization or industry. 

…… And more to come!

 

Who is involved
Technology Leaving no one Behind is powered by DTU Skylab – enabled through partnership with The Bevica Foundation, Disabled People’s Organizations Denmark & DTU Management

 

How long does the project run
Technology Leaving no one Behind currently runs as a three-year project from October 2019 until December 2022.

 

Partners

Bevica Fonden logo     Disabled people's organisations Denmark logoSUMH

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Contact

Marie Louise Møllebæk Pollmann-Larsen
Project Manager
DTU Skylab
+45 61 65 56 69
Line Nykjær Johansen
Project coordinator
DTU Skylab
+45 25 13 97 22
Dagný Valgeirsdóttir
Postdoc
DTU Skylab
+45 42 75 99 16

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