With OutsideTheBox we will think laterally and outside of typical boxes and categorisations. We will design new technologies with autistic children which are not exclusively driven by functional limitations, but engage children in all their diversity and with all their differences.

Project Homepage: http://outsidethebox.at

Team: Christopher Frauenberger, Julia Makhaeva, Katharina Spiel

Technology has changed our lives. We find the cinema on Google Maps, use public transport with tickets on our mobile and let our watch tell us how many calories we have burnt and what is left in the fridge. And although people with autism are often drawn to technology, we know little about their ideas for future roles of technologies.

We co-design technologies with children with autism that are fun and meaningful in their lives. We let children guide us in this process instead of letting their deficits determine the requirements.

Our children are 6 to 8 years old and we conduct individual workshops in regular intervals in the context of their schools or other care environments. In the course of these workshops we design and make a smart thing - an object that has some unusual, technological features.

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