3DNovations tackles the problem that industry and society are locking out the ideas and talent of people with autism. The exclusion of the people with Autism (1% of population) costs the UK economy £38billion per annum.

This project is a tech industry led, multi-stakeholder research programme designed at every stage with and for people with autism. The project includes people with autism in the research team by using avatars in a 3D virtual world to enable everyone to learn and to work together and to engage stakeholders – especially employers. The technologies are already familiar to users through gaming and remove barriers to participation of people with autism who feel more confident in this environment.

3DNovations demonstrates that industry led RRI tools and methodologies can create a more inclusive society by unlocking ideas and talents of people with autism, increasing their employment and improving industrial competitiveness.


Hao2.eu (pronounced ‘how to’): one founder, one R&D tech, one quality/ops - supporting pool of 20 freelancers (80% of team have autism/disabilities)


Various industrial, public sector and education partners; Kingston University & University College Dublin; Autus (foundation for people with autism set up by Hao2.eu) and most recently, i-deas.ie - a social business Hao2.eu has set up in Ireland as part of its EU growth strategy

Project timeframe

From January 2006 to present

Project Location



http://www. hao2.eu
Nicola Herbertson, nikki[at]hao2.eu

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