IT Funk has been The Norwegian Research Council's RTD-programme on ICT for people with disability.
Universal design and accessibility for all. The purpose of IT Funk has been to contribute to accessibility for all, including persons with disability, to information and communication technology (ICT) and to society through the use of ICT. ICT-based products and services developed for the general market must be accessible and useful for everyone at reasonable prices. IT Funk has paid special attention to areas where accessibility issues impact on a person's life chances, such as education, employment and basic services to citizens.
The second European conference on inclusive design was held in Oslo May 20-21: Innovation for All 2010, drew an enthusiastic audience of designers, users and politicians. The event was opened by Her Royal Highness, Crown Princess Mette-Marit, who emphasized in her speech that "design represents an important opportunity to include all people - with all our different needs - and to enable everybody to take part in society. This is an opportunity we cannot miss."
HRH Crown Princess Mette-Marit (Photo: Jo Michael, The Royal Court)
The conference gathered designers and developers from many countries and disciplines; design, architecture, research and business, especially from IT and telecom companies. A highlight of the conference was the 24h Inclusive Design Challenge for young designers.
The Research Council of Norway was one of the conference sponsors through its IT Funk programme.
Material from the conference, including video of presentations and the award ceremony for the Design Challenge, can be found at the websites listed below:
This document was first published 01.06.2010, and updated 01.10.2012.