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Partnering with


Regional Makeathon

Hosted at the Geelong Tech School
in March 2023

Theme: "Sports & Recreation"

Photos and videos

Thank you to all the Need-Knowers, Makers, Mentors and Geelong Tech School Staff on behalf of the TOM: Melbourne team for such a great Regional Makeathon for 2023. 

To see a rundown of the events during the Makeathon weekend, check out our socials and subscribe to our email list for access to our Monthly Newsletters.

Our official photos and videos for the TOM: Melbourne Regional Makeathon 2023 are now available on our gallery page.


The TOM: Melbourne Makeathon is traditionally a weekend marathon of making. This time, combining a mix of online and face-to-face sessions, the Makeathon will take place over a number of sessions.

We work with people with 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, their aim is to co-design a solution that solves a complex problem and improve the everyday life of the Need-Knower. The intellectual property for every design is then shared through open source digital files on the TOM website, so others can replicate or iterate it.
About the program






1 March

(6pm, online)

Design Nights (x2)

8 March and 15 March

(6pm, online)

TOM 2019 Saturday Highlights High Res-3.
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25 and 26 March

(Geelong Tech School)


26 March

(Geelong Tech School)

TOM 2.0


Application details
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Steve Wheelchair Bag System - TOM Melbou

Applications closed FOR NOW

to let us know you're interested in future Makeathons!


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, allied 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, have lived experience of a disability? Do you have a specific accessibility challenge?

Need-Knowers can be individuals living with a disability, support workers, family members, allied health professionals, or anyone with an intimate understanding of a neglected  accessibility 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.

Please note:

Whilst it is our aim is to ensure each team has the best possible chance of developing a solution that the Need-Knower can continue to use after the Makeathon, we cannot guarantee Need-Knowers will receive a working prototype solution given the nature of the program's limited time and resources. For any unfinished prototypes, we will work with the team to determine next steps.