Dr Tulio Maximo
School of Design
The Hong Kong Polytechnic University
Topic: Assistive Technology and Inclusive Design: learning from complementary approaches
Tulio Maximo is an Assistant Professor at The Hong Kong Polytechnic University School of Design and a member of the Association for The Advancements of Assistive Technology in Europe and WHO Global Cooperation on Assistive Technology. Dr Maximo’s professional aim is to bridge people, institutions and knowledge to improve society collaboratively. His research interests surround intergenerational and inclusive design, mobility devices, sitting ergonomics, design-led social entrepreneurship, and co-designing healthcare and assistive technology services. At PolyU School of Design, Dr Maximo created the elective subject Design Meets Disabilities and is the subject coordinator of the Cooperative Project, the largest subject in the department, connecting 140 students to 14 external organizations to work on real briefings. His work had received several awards from institutions such as the Industrial Designers Society of America, and the Royal College of Arts. More recently, Dr Maximo’s collaborative design has received one of the most competitive design awards: the Red Dot Product Design Award 2022 with a furniture study system to improve the posture and the study conditions of children living in subdivided flats. The project received a 4.45mi donation for the production and donation of 2000 furniture units for children in Hong Kong.