Enable Montreal is a non-competitive design challenge that seeks innovative solutions to make Montreal more accessible and inclusive for people living with physical disabilities.
How the project works
Enable Montreal assembled teams which includes engaged community members, students, researchers, activists, engineers and design professionals. Teams are working together to develop concrete solutions to accessibility barriers that have been previously identified through consultation with community organizations and people living with disabilities.
What participants do
Participant teams are asked to attend twelve organized activities, during the project’s three-month period (March 9 – June 8). Teams meet outside those designated times to work independently on their proposed solution.
Participants have access to support funding; $32,000 divided equally amongst participating teams.
Participants present a final presentation. The solutions with the most potential for positive impact will receive continued support from the city’s Maison de l’innovation sociale.
Participants attend a series of workshops and activities that address broad themes including:
Phase 2 — April 2018
Each team explores their mandate more deeply through interviews with relevant community groups, the review of related materials and an environmental assessment.
Phase 3 — May 2018
Design & prototyping
Teams start designing and prototyping potential solutions and present their findings to key stakeholders.
Phase 4 — June 2018
Teams refine their proposed solutions and present their ideas at the closing vernissage.
Optional phase — June-October 2018
See the complete schedule
Our accessibility commitments
Recognizing the many details that make an event truly accessible, the Enable Montreal Coordination Team is working to ensure everyone's physical, communication, sensory, interactive, and food accessibility needs are met.
The coordination of Enable Montreal is led by Concordia University through the Office of Community Engagement, in collaboration with SHIFT – Concordia’s Social Innovation Hub – and our four main partners: