OpenLab Origins

What is OpenLab?

OpenLab is an action-driven network of influencers who put people before problems, uncovering opportunity for all through inclusive design, clever thinking and great business. In doing this, we intend to show the world the power of change from the seeds of small, but impactful collaborations.

The start of our journey.

On 26th January 2017 tech experts, engineers, entrepreneurs and disabled people participated in an ‘accessibility hack’ hosted at Google Campus in London.

Participants focussed on an acute problem both disabled people and businesses experience around reporting accessibility. Groups formed to brainstorm ideas for technology-driven solutions.

Three ideas were developed and subsequently presented to Ministers and business leaders at a parliamentary showcase:  

1.    XaaS – An app that would connect businesses with the needs of their customers.  Customer experience for all, managed seamlessly on a mobile device.

2.    #IAmOpenWeek: A social media movement/trend through which venues would pledge a small financial contribution and a promise of accessibility. More customers for businesses and better experiences for everyone.

3.    Access All Areas: A single data-source website button. AAA would act as a kite-mark for inclusive business whilst acting as a portal to information required by any individual to decide whether an environment is accessible to them or not.

The OpenLab Community:

We are open.

We are collaborative.

We are bold.

Through these events and ideas, an exciting and dynamic community began to emerge. We are a group that share a dedication to collaborating in driving a more inclusive society.

Visit our website for exciting news, activities and developments which the community hope will show the UK positive change for disabled people.

Jasmin Khanom