Makeathon set to make a local difference
Are you a Maker?
Do you like building or creating something from nothing? You could be retired, a tradie, professional or a student. If you enjoy tinkering and finding solutions to problems then Makeathon is for you. TOM Wide Bay Makeathon is looking for people to join the event in March.
TOM Wide Bay Makeathon brings together Need-Knowers - people with disabilities who face specific sports and recreation challenges - and Makers - a diverse group of individuals including hobbyists, professionals, students, tradies and problem-solvers to co-design and build prototypes that address the Need-Knower's problem and enhance their daily life.
The theme of TOM Wide Bay Makeathon this year is sport and recreation and will tackle accessibility challenges for people with disabilities. The event is set to create technology solutions to improve the lives of people with disabilities that currently have no existing solution in the market.
Examples of how TOM Makeathons have made a difference around the world
In the past TOM Makeathon have found many solutions for people with disabilities. One project included helping children with physical disabilities engage in playing basketball to improve motor skills. The solution - an adjustable basketball hoop. Another project involved finding a solution for people in wheelchairs to play golf. The solutions - a wheelchair with flexible standing positions.
Two TOM regional makeathon’s will take place concurrently in Bundaberg and Geelong, giving teams of Need-Knowers and Makers the chance to connect virtually throughout the program. TOM: Melbourne and the TOM community in Bundaberg will each host a Regional Makeathon in March.
The Wide Bay Makeathon is free to attend and a fully catered event, with all materials and machinery supplied - you just have to bring yourself. It will be held at the Community Lifestyle Support's MAKI Space located at 48 Ashfield Rd, Kalkie in March. Applications for the event are still open for Makers. To find out more information click here or to register your interest, please contact the MAKI Space.