After four incredible, future focused, jam-packed days at the Remarkable Tech Summit in San Diego, USA from 2 – 6 October 2023, the Remarkable team have certainly delivered on connecting, celebrating, and growing the emerging Disability Tech ecosystem as they amplified the voices of people with disability all throughout the event.
“The Summit this year has really established itself. I was blown away by such inspiring and incredible contributors and attendees – all with global and great minds, coming together to create future-focussed solutions,” said Pete Horsley, founder of Remarkable.
“The best bit is that we have all come away with stories of impact, deeper relationships with global leaders and guiding principles to advance opening a world of opportunity for people with cerebral palsy and similar disabilities, and their families,” added Pete.
Made possible by Cerebral Palsy Alliance and Cerebral Palsy Alliance Research Foundation, the 2023 Remarkable Tech Summit’s overall theme was Liminal – exploring the space between the world as we know it and the world as it could be in disability tech and innovation. Over the 4-days, three specific sub-domains were explored – the space between Design and Innovation, between Need and Market and between Human and Environment.
The first day of the Tech Summit heard from people living on four different continents about how we can balance equitable access to technology with the incredible opportunity to grow the market.
The second day focused on how we can shift the narrative from one of charity or compliance to one of excitement, opportunity market growth and to show the way that Disability has always been a driver of many of the innovations we all use on a day-to-day basis.
Attendees were inspired by the demonstrations of Remarkable alumni (#RA23) in a startup showcase that included Thane Hunt and Soniya Patel Co-Founders of Hominid X, Nicole Cuervo Founder of Springrose, Dion Kelly Co-Founder of Possibility Neurotechnologies, Kara Allanach Director of Product at SpineX Inc., Brandon Biggs Founder of XR Navigation and Souvik Paul Founder of Aurie.
The final day centred on the application and prioritisation of action and next steps by workshopping and generating ideas to turn newfound insights into action; prioritising collaboration, equity, inclusion and accessibility.
The Summit also saw the official launch of the first-ever ‘State of Disability Tech’ report, a report in which Remarkable is excited to have played a crucial role in. The new report, ‘Disability Innovation: empowering the entrepreneurs reimagining inclusion around the world’, was authored by Village Capital and SmartJob with the support of global investment bank JP Morgan Chase.
A huge well done to the Remarkable team for creating transformative social change through innovation, innovative design and global networks of people.
Special thanks to Cerebral Palsy Alliance and Cerebral Palsy Alliance Research Foundation for making the insightful and accessible event possible and to the many attendees who added so much value to the forward focused discussions.
“The most impactful, inspiring and uplifting 3 days! If only everyone experienced what we all did, the world would be more welcoming of everyBODY. Thank you for inviting Magical Bridge Foundation to be a part of it. So well done!” Olenka Steciw Villarreal
“This is one of my favourite conferences, the brains on display building technology for good are next level.” Joe Devon, Co-Founder #GAAD
“Amazing event! Thanks to the entire CPA and CPARF teams for a job well done!” Ray Browning