MakerBot announced a partnership with TOM (Tikkun Olam Makers) to support the Bay Area Makeathon focused on assistive technology, sponsored by Google.org. Engineers, developers, designers, and hobbyists will come together to develop hardware and software prototypes designed to meet the needs of people with disabilities.
Participants will have access to advanced manufacturing technologies, such as MakerBot 3D printers, to develop solutions that address the challenges of disabled individuals who can’t find off-the-shelf products. MakerBot Learning 3D printing experts will also provide on-site support to assist participants in their projects.
The Bay Area Makeathon takes place September 11-13 at the San Francisco branch of TechShop, a national chain of member-based workshops. The event is organized by TOM and UCP of the North Bay. MakerBot is the official desktop 3D printing partner. The Bay Area Makeathon is open to the media on September 11 – 13, 2015. Please RSVP to firstname.lastname@example.org.
“Desktop 3D printing democratizes medical innovation and opens up a whole new world of possibilities for disabled people around the world. Low-cost prosthetics, such as the Robohand, have already made a significant impact and improved the lives of many,” said Yuri Salnikoff, CMO of MakerBot. “We are excited to partner with TOM to showcase the power of 3D printing and push the boundaries of assistive technology. We can’t wait to see what the participants create.”
“Our aim is to gather the best minds in technology and design to address the needs of people with disabilities,” said Sefi Attias, CTO at TOM. “We gather to solve problems together and hope to change the world in 72 hours, or at least make it a slightly more livable place.”