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What we do
We work with people with a disability who have a specific need, "Need-Knowers", and connect them with a diverse group of professionals, including engineers, industrial designers, health professionals and tradespeople, "Makers".
Together, they design and build products that solve a complex problem and improve the everyday life of the Need-Knower. Recent prototypes include robotic arms, powered crutches, wheelchair wheel cleaners and bespoke exercise machines. The intellectual property for every product is then shared through open-source Digital Product Files, so others can replicate or iterate it in their own communities around the world.
We challenge the status quo
We are creative in how we approach and solve challenges
We are curious and explore new ideas
We continue to learn and improve
We test new ideas and aren’t afraid to fail
We provide opportunities for everyone to participate
We are empowered to make a difference beyond ourselves
We encourage meaningful and active contribution
We work towards building a more inclusive society
We listen to everyone’s voice
We foster a sense of community and belonging
We create a safe space for people to be themselves
We care for and support each other
We embrace and celebrate the richness of a diverse community
We listen to our community
We consider the environmental, social and economic impacts of our work
We strive to create sustainable solutions
We continuously review our sustainability practices
We consider the longevity of our work
Since 2016, TOM: Melbourne has developed a range of programs, including holding Makeathon events, building a developer network, establishing TOM @ University and offering STEM workshops in schools.
TOM: Melbourne has seen some great impact so far. We've helped 54 people with a disability, created a network of over 400 "Makers" and partnered with innovative organisations, such as Swinburne University of Technology, PwC and Solve Disability Solutions.
ALISON VON MOGER
Technology and Innovation Lead
Technology and Events Coordinator
Education Programs Coordinator
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