About the Program
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We are highly selective of our application process and look for committed individuals who can work with a self-driven attitude in collaborative work. International applicants are also welcome to apply. Final selected fellows will be offered $1,000 to cover digital expenses, fees and material costs.
Applications are open for Summer 2020. Applications must be submitted by 11:59pm EST on April 24, 2020.
How many fellows are selected?
Who is eligible to apply?
Current design, engineering and occupational therapy students, or recent graduates (up to 4 years post-graduation) are eligible. Following are specific eligibility requirements for each participant category:
Engineers: Experience with 3D modeling, sensors, Arduino/Raspberry Pi or other electronic prototyping boards, circuit design, front & back end web experience, fabrication and/or 3D CAD experience.
Designers: Product design, garment construction experience, wearable technology OR material science.
Occupational Therapists: each fellow needs to have robust list of clinical experience and volunteering. A desire or work that reflects the arts, design, or engineering are welcome such as skills in sketching, prototyping, building etc.
Communication Fellow: Graphic design, marketing
All fellows must have at least 1 year of work experience in their field and be able to commute to Manhattan, New York. Engineer and Design Fellows will be asked to share a portfolio with CV.
What is the summer commitment?
What is the research and work like?
Fellows will contribute to the growing body of research and collaboration synergy at OSL by creating tools, learning methods and designs related to dressing challenges. All fellows will receive a research brief before June. Some research topics will look at:
- What design affordances provide people with disabilities to hack products and clothing that exist around them easier or create new ones?
- Instead of prescribing clothing to people with disabilities, how can teams support people with disabilities to be co-creators?
- How can learning tutorials or experience in hacking clothing be shared online?