Futures of Mobility: Skye finds her magic

13 Jul 2020

In this series of three sci-fi stories called “Going Further: Imagining the Futures of Mobility”, we explore five to ten years in the future to find out what the world might be like when advanced smart technology devices are available for all.

Skye finds her magic

The second author of this anthology is Penny Pepper. Penny is an acclaimed wheelchair-using author, poet, performer and disabled activist based in the UK. A genre-defying and versatile writer, Penny Pepper’s focuses on the examination of difference, inequality and identity. She tells stories we haven’t heard, connecting her experience of the world to the universal experience, making others see the world differently. Penny was included in Able magazine’s list of the 10 most inspiring women with disabilities. 

Penny tells the story of Skye who travels in time with her father, and explores what the world could look like if assistive technology (and green tech!) was the norm. Imagine all the possibilities!

All stories have been illustrated by the talented Ciara Chapman, an award winning illustrator living in Cork, Ireland.

About this anthology

When the Toyota Mobility Foundation, in partnership with Nesta Challenges, launched the Mobility Unlimited Challenge, they were hoping to find the answer to one question: what would the future of mobility look like?

A few months down the line and with 5 finalists working hard to bring us one of the possible answers, we thought we could turn to fiction to imagine new worlds and possibilities.

By imagining these new worlds, we can ask one of the most fundamental questions in human nature: what if? Discovery always starts from this basic question: what if things were different?

As the Covid pandemic forces people to temporarily adapt to a new way of living, it is important to remember that, for the disability community, this is a lifelong reality. Understanding the limitations faced by members of the disability community and the importance of better mobility for all is essential. When people are free to move, they can broaden their horizons and fully realize their potential.

To help us answer the question, we worked with a group of writers and illustrators to collaborate on a series of stories imagining the impact improvements in assistive technologies could make to people’s lives, incorporating the brilliant devices that have made the final stages of the Mobility Unlimited Challenge. 

About the challenge

The Mobility Unlimited Challenge is an international $4 million challenge designed to change the daily lives of people with lower-limb paralysis through innovative personal mobility devices incorporating intelligent systems. The winner will be announced later this year.

See the series here!