SoLID: an open source collaborative training module on inclusive design

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SoLID is an innovative training programme. It was created by l’École de design Nantes Atlantique alongside several academic partners from Atlantic France and local companies belonging to the solidarity economy sector. Its purpose is to train students in inclusive design, for example to imagine musical instruments adapted for people with disabilities.

Solidarity and open innovation are key values in Atlantic France. Here is a new example with this training module that involves several schools in order to promote inclusive design.

SoLID is a multidisciplinary training module. Originally created for the professional bachelor’s degree D2M (Design, Materials and Modeling) proposed by L’École de design Nantes Atlantique in partnership with the University of technology of Carquefou (University of Nantes), it has now been extended to other training organisations: ENSA Nantes (architecture), Audencia (management) and Centrale Nantes (engineering).

87 students and 3 multidisciplinary workshops in a fab lab

The project has received financial support from the innovation programme West Creative Industries. Since 2018, three workshops have been organised in the fab lab Plateforme C, in Nantes, thanks to a partnership with PiNG association.

In total, 87 students have been trained to design and prototype sustainable and inclusive projects. The programme covers many topics such as eco design, marketing, social and solidarity economy, project management, digital, intellectual property, etc.

13 sustainable and inclusive prototypes

SoLID aims to train students in tackling specific issues. To this end, the projects are provided by organisations belonging to the solidarity economy. 13 innovative prototypes have already been invented, and their plans released in open source. 

For example, the project “Kube” led to the manufacturing of 3 devices designed to help people with disabilities to play music, and they are now available for middle schools in the Loire-Atlantique department.

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