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Project Update


We had over 25 ideas added to our brainstorm of everyday problems or challenges people who are blind or have low vision would like solved by new assistive technology. We put forward 19 of these ideas to our partners TOM (Tikkun Olam Makers) for their consideration

We are excited to announce that two of the challenges we submitted were included in the top ten worked on at TOM's design make-a-thon held in December!

The two ideas selected by TOM were:

The two people who submitted the ideas were invited to participate in the December workshop.

A big thank you to everyone who contributed to our brainstorm! More information about the project and all the problems or challenges submitted can be found below, along with a final update on results for the event.


Background


Vision Australia is partnering with TOM (Tikkun Olam Makers), a global movement where people with disability and ‘Makers’ work together to develop open source assistive technology that addresses everyday challenges.

In a 72 hour make-a-thon, TOM will bring together engineers, designers, developers and makers to create prototypes of products that help people with disability overcome a problem they have faced. A video recapping the TOM Melbourne 2016 event is available here (not audio-described).

This year, Vision Australia submitted a number of potential projects to the TOM make-a-thon team that are relevant to people who are blind or have low vision. These challenges were ones where we thought a new bit of assistive technology could be the solution.

In August 2017, we asked our community to add a challenge or problem they have experienced to our brainstorm below. All suggestions entered were in the running to be chosen as part of our submission.


Project Update


We had over 25 ideas added to our brainstorm of everyday problems or challenges people who are blind or have low vision would like solved by new assistive technology. We put forward 19 of these ideas to our partners TOM (Tikkun Olam Makers) for their consideration

We are excited to announce that two of the challenges we submitted were included in the top ten worked on at TOM's design make-a-thon held in December!

The two ideas selected by TOM were:

The two people who submitted the ideas were invited to participate in the December workshop.

A big thank you to everyone who contributed to our brainstorm! More information about the project and all the problems or challenges submitted can be found below, along with a final update on results for the event.


Background


Vision Australia is partnering with TOM (Tikkun Olam Makers), a global movement where people with disability and ‘Makers’ work together to develop open source assistive technology that addresses everyday challenges.

In a 72 hour make-a-thon, TOM will bring together engineers, designers, developers and makers to create prototypes of products that help people with disability overcome a problem they have faced. A video recapping the TOM Melbourne 2016 event is available here (not audio-described).

This year, Vision Australia submitted a number of potential projects to the TOM make-a-thon team that are relevant to people who are blind or have low vision. These challenges were ones where we thought a new bit of assistive technology could be the solution.

In August 2017, we asked our community to add a challenge or problem they have experienced to our brainstorm below. All suggestions entered were in the running to be chosen as part of our submission.