Our three primary user groups are women, young people and people with disabilities. We work off-site in women’s shelters, schools, hospitals and rehabilitation centres, as well as in universities and industry think-tank settings and retreats. We also operate out of a new ‘home’ studio and ‘playroom’ at UCD, with sister sites in operation (and accessible via telematic stream) in New York, Boston, Atlanta, Los Angeles, Montreal, Vancouver, Amsterdam, Aarhus, Fes, Marrakech, Alibag and Mumbai. We are funded from a variety of sources, many of which are listed below.
We operate a not-for-profit company called Safespaces.net, which has been recognised as a best-practice model for community engagement in creative technology innovation by the US government and by our partners at the UN, Worldbank, Microsoft, the BBC, NESTA, the Carl Sagan Trust, the Wellcome Trust, the Gublenkian Trust, LEGO Europe and many other past and present partners.
Projects are designed to meet the needs of those communities or social groups least represented or supported by off-the-shelf technology tools for education, communication, skills training and/or artistic and social empowerment.