Big Idea in Action

BIG IDeA is encouraging collaboration and celebrating innovation in many ways. Be a part of the next Inclusive Design Challenge.

Inclusive Design Challenges

BIG IDeA hosts Inclusive Design Challenges events that help businesses to solve Accessibility Challenges and sequently to showcase innovative outcomes. Our goal is to help businesses understand the value of accessibility by offering resources and support for inclusive practices. Everyone is welcome, if you would like to contribute or learn more about inclusive design then sign up for a design challenge, or request to be notified of our upcoming Inclusive Design Challenge Events.  Learn more about Inclusive Design Challenges and Inclusive Design Challenge Events.

Assess Accessibility of services and facilitiesSet measurable goalsMike practical improvementsCelebrate achievements

These events bring together businesses, designers, customers with disabilities in order to unfold various real-world Accessibility Challenges and to draft inclusive solutions for them. We call these events Hackathons and we run few of them so far:

Inclusive Design Challenge with MakerFest 
Inclusive Design Challenge with IDRC
Inclusive Design Challenge: Race-to-the-Edge
Inclusive Design Challenge with TELUS
Inclusive Design Challenge Showcase: Access Density

Upcoming Inclusive Design Challenges

John Street Inclusive Design Challenge: Access John Street

John Street is an exciting blend of theatre, restaurants, retail and services each one with unique challenges for providing an accessible customer experience. John Street is about to undergo a big make-over that should improve the accessibility of the street. The goal of BIG IDeA and the Toronto Entertainment District Business Improvement Area is to help businesses on John Street be more accessible on the inside too. BIG IDeA has gathered accessibility barriers from businesses on John Street to inspire the 7th BIG IDeA Inclusive Design Challenge Event (July 6th-7th). Sign up and join us to bring your ideas to solve these challenges. Update: This Inclusive Design Challenge has been postponed for the summer’s end.

Location: Inclusive Design Institute at OCAD U, 49 McCaul St, M4W 2G8, Toronto
Time: July 6th: 6:00 pm to 8 pm | July 7th: 9:30 am to 5:00 pm
Update: This Inclusive Design Challenge has been postponed for the summer’s end.

Click here to register for an upcoming Inclusive Design Challenge.

Design Innovation Showcases

We’re going to show you the innovative approaches to accessibility on the BIG IDeA web site and at showcase events.

Have you seen or implemented some great examples of inclusion and accessibility in Ontario? Nominate your example for our showcase.


Would you like to know more about or sign up for mapathons? Let us know at

Add yourself or a team to the BIG IDeA mapathon on AXS Map

Participating Business Profiles

Submit your business accessibility profile and get your business on the accessibility map!

BIG IDeA in the News

This page is a collection of news and other media stories about BIG IDeA activities.