Why: To make assistive technology for people with disability
We appreciate your interest in the 2020 TOM: Melbourne Makeathon. In light of the ever-evolving COVID-19 outbreak, for the safety and well-being of our Makers, Need-Knowers and broader TOM community, we feel it is best to take the precautionary step of postponing the Makeathon and are hoping to hold it in the second half of 2020. We apologise for any inconvenience this may have caused.
We were excited to host the 2020 Makeathon and work with you all to create assistive technology. However, we have continued to keep a close eye on the emerging advice of health authorities and we think it is sensible at this stage to avoid gathering so many of our community at one location, at one time while the COVID-19 situation is uncertain. Thank you for your understanding.
WHAT IS IT?
The TOM: Melbourne Makeathon is a weekend marathon of making. 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 files, so others can replicate or iterate it.
What to expect
Do you like problem solving, innovating and thinking outside the box? Do you want to volunteer your skills to make a real difference in the lives of those living with a disability?
Makers are engineers, designers, software and hardware developers, health professionals, hobbyists with a passion for social change.
Makers are placed in small teams and connected with Need-Knowers (individuals living a disability, support workers, family members, health professionals etc.) who will present their challenge.
Do you or someone you know or love, live with a disability? Do you have a specific challenge that you face on a daily basis?
Need-Knowers are individuals living with a disability, support workers, family members, allied health professionals, anyone with an intimate understanding of a neglected challenge.
Need-Knowers join forces with teams of Makers with a passion for social change and problem solving to create a solution for a challenge presented by the Need-Knower.
What is a Makeathon?
The Makeathon is a weekend marathon of making. 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. The intellectual property for every product is then shared through open source digital product files, so others can replicate or iterate it.
What is assistive technology?
Assistive technology is an umbrella term for any device or system that allows individuals to perform tasks they would otherwise be unable to do, or increases the ease and safety with which tasks can be performed.
Assistive technology can be anything from a simple device in the kitchen to a complex electric wheelchair or a computer application. You can find more information here https://at-aust.org/home/assistive_technology/assistive_technology.html
What do you mean by open source digital product files?
TOM’s vision is a world in which technology and innovation allow every person access to affordable solutions to their needs. To achieve this, all digital product files that are created will be uploaded to the TOM web-platform, where anyone around the world can download and replicate the solution.
What is a digital product file?
A digital product file is documentation of the development of the product. It includes information about the product as well as a list of all the tools and materials as well as assembly instructions to recreate the product.
Will there be food and drinks?
Yes! We will be providing all meals (breakfast, lunch and dinner) and snacks so you can focus on making.
Who can participate?
Anyone! We look for a diverse range of participants, from engineers, occupational therapists, students, corporate professionals, entrepreneurs, designers, tech geeks, problem solvers and everything in between. If you have the will, you have the skill.
Do I need experience to attend?
Not at all. The Makeathon is a great place to learn new skills and meet new people!
Can we work on our idea beforehand?
We encourage this! Feel free to start researching or designing or making before the Makeathon. This includes sketches, 3D designs, code, graphics, etc.
What should I bring to the Makeathon?
Please bring anything that will help you in your making e.g. laptop and charger, materials etc.