DesignTO 2021 Symposium: Towards Inclusive Design

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How do we design for inclusion? What is the future of Inclusive Design?
There are 7.7 billion people in the world today, and we are more connected than ever before. As cities
continue to become more diverse in gender, race, ethnicity, religion, age, disability and sexual orientation,
the need for a more inclusive environment has become undeniable. Designers have the power to address
needs, improve lives, and inspire thought and innovation.

This symposium invites designers and thinkers to explore how we can design for inclusivity. How can we
create great designs for the greatest number of people? How can we use our unique reality of human
diversity as a resource for products, services, systems, environments and experiences that include rather
than exclude? How can we continue to move beyond diversity and inclusion “lip-service” towards a
tangible reality where everyone can participate in society with a sense of belonging?

We welcome multiple and varied perspectives and responses to the theme ‘Towards Inclusive Design’.
Talks may be about current research or case studies, new products or technologies, spaces or
experiences, speculative design or strategies, or new processes or policies.

Deadline: all submissions are due Friday, September 25, 2020 by 11:59pm EST. Click here to learn more and submit your talk proposal.