Disrupt Disability, an online platform for wheelchair users to create their own fully modular equipment, has secured more than £40,000 to help it establish its idea in the market.
The not-for-profit organisation is one of 13 other groups to have won funding to support their projects that help improve people’s lives using technology.
The online project is working with The Developer Society to build a wheelchair-fitting platform to give users more control over the fit and design of their chairs.
It describes itself as a “library of open source design” and the site will offer fully customisable and modular equipment with interchangeable parts, available for anyone to freely use, adapt, develop and share.
Using distributed manufacture, which means sourcing different parts from separate manufacturers, the platform will allow users to choose the fit, customisation, design and manufacture of their equipment.
The group says designs will be “durable, affordable and repairable”. They will also be made from local materials with local equipment.
Cassie Robinson, co-founder of Tech For Good Global, said of the funding scheme: “This is an ambitious programme. Tech for Good not only helps charities adapt to a more complex and digital world, but also improves people’s lives.
“Importantly, it also strengthens the whole sector to respond more collectively to some of the large-scale social challenges we face.”