Collaborate to Innovate

OpenDirective is dedicated to facilitating open innovation through open development of software in accessibility and assistive technology.  In addition to working with our clients to enable them to successfully engaging in best collaborative practices, we also  develop open source software based solutions. We specialise in solutions for older users and their carers, especially those with dementia and related disabilities.

We help our clients collaborate effectively with others, allowing them to concentrate on innovation and improving their unique value offerings, whilst sharing effort on core enabling technologies. This leads to the accelerated innovation in products and services that better meet the needs of users and service providers while also getting research outcomes to market. 

Our core services are:
  • Development of open assistive technology software, especially Web based portable technologies.
  • Advice on the technical aspects of accessibility and assistive technology.
  • Guidance in engaging with open source projects and improving project community interactions and commercial friendliness.
  • Running workshops such as the ATSummit at Mozilla's London Space which brought together leaders from accessibility companies and projects.
Always in Mind Product
Our product and service AlwaysInMind is for designed for people with dementia and their family or supporters. This builds on the our experience including creating the MAAVIS research prototype in partnership with the University of Sheffield CATCH, exploring how  people with dementia can access media and communications technology. EU funded research has also played a major role in R & D of AllwaysInMind.

EU projects and the GPII
An important part of our activity has been on key large EU projects that have aimed to improve the experience of  both users and developers of accessibility and AT.  The  Cloud4All and Prosperity4All projects both contributed to the development of the Global Public Inclusive Infrastructure or GPII. This aims providw an a public infrastructure for automatic personalisation of devices for accessibility needs. The thematic network ATIS4All is developing a European wide community of those involved in Assistive Technology.