Presenters: Stewart Russel
Makers Making Change is run by the Research and Development department of the Neil Squire Society; a Canadian National not-for-profit organization that uses technology, knowledge and passion to empower people with disabilities. Makers Making Change addresses issues faced by people with disabilities by utilizing the open source movement, the crowd sourcing movement, and the maker movement to create affordable, assistive technologies at the community level.
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.
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
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.
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