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We build networks and community by hosting events to prototype and build new devices; providing a library of free, tested, open source assistive technologies; and hosting a community based “matching service” through our website where makers and people with disabilities can connect to work on projects collaboratively in their region.



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  • Makers Making Change is an initiative out of the Neil Squire Society
  • Supported by the Google Foundation, Vancouver Foundation, Government of Canada
  • 80% of people will need an assistive device in their lifetime
    • however due to high customization needs, they are produced in small quantity
  • Based in Burnaby
  • What they are hoping to do is to combine the energies of three different groups: Maker Movement, Crowdsourcing, Open Source
  • What is the Maker Movement?
    • Ability to have small workspaces/workshops where you can make fairly complicated devices

    • Bring in as many people together to produce, develop, extend, support these devices

  • What is the Open Source movement?
    • really valuable that you can take someones software, modify it for your own needs, and let other people use it
  • What is the Crowdsourcing movement?
    • Kickstarter, wikipedia, etc.
  • Open source assistive technology (OpenAT)
    • people identify their needs
    • you can very quickly iterate a design
    • can very quickly modify a design
    • 3D printing allows you to have a tangible object for something that was just a thought moments before
    • crowdsource build-a-thons, repair days, meet ups
  • They have a library of simple open source assistive devices that anyone can print

    • They are on Thingiverse

    • Encourage forking their designs and find 100 more different uses; revise, remodify, learn how to 3D design, etc.

  • They hold Buildathons where people help build or repair devices
  • Other crowdsourcing events

    • Meetup events: AT and build demos, and networking thing so people can learn what basic ATs they can make; can connect with any medical or academic people who want to come to these events

    • Makers meet the user and developers and let ideas flow from there

    • Connecting people of all abilities who need AT
  • Licenses for open source hardware is complicated; recommend CC Share Alike license