Israel’s innovative Tikkun Olam Makers (TOM) started up in Tel Aviv with a mission to create devices that help people with disabilities live better lives. TOM has inspired many people to design with disabilities in mind. Now, with support from Federation Innovation, students at Georgia Tech Hillel are spearheading a 72-hour maker’s event with the same goal. From January 24-26, 2020 they’ll be sponsoring a weekend-long make-a-thon. Teams of GA Tech students will be paired with a person who has a disability — called the “Need Knower”— and challenged to understand their need and prototype a device that can assist them. Along with students, TOM will bring together the larger Atlanta community with partners such as the Jewish Abilities Alliance, JF&CS, , and many more. Students and community members can also attend panels led by advocates, need knowers, and representatives from corporations who are invested in inclusive design. At the end of the weekend, the top three teams will be awarded funds they can donate back into the community. For more information contact Lauren Blazofsky.
Be a Sponsor
As a sponsor, we ask that you provide monetary donations to help ensure that our program runs smoothly throughout the year and that the make-a-thon is a true success. Monetary sponsors’ funding would go to help fund staff, materials, location down payments, and all necessary materials for the make-a-thon event. In-kind sponsors can provide food and other materials for the group meetings throughout the year and the make-a-thon event.
Be a Mentor
The students involved in this project are passionate about creating a state of the art, impactful creation to help their need knower be more comfortable and more included in their everyday life. They are excelling in their field of engineering, computer science, high tech, and graphic design. Your leadership and experience in the field of disability inclusion and advocacy will help mentor the students as they work on their project design throughout the semester. This would require meeting with or calling into the team meetings during the semester.
Be a Community Partner
Community partners are vital in helping us spread the word about our programming and events. Although this is an initiative housed at Georgia Tech, we want to involve the community as much as possible to take part in the important task of engaging people in conversation about inclusion. Our partners will have the opportunity to table their organizations at the make-a-thon and showcase their work to the community.
To get involved in the make-a-thon contact GA Tech Hillel Director, Lauren Blazofsky.