Google.org is supporting the Bay Area Makeathon by TOM, a group specializing in running makeathons for assistive technology, and UCP of the North Bay, a non-profit organization dedicated to enhancing the quality of life of people with disabilities.
Part of the Google Impact Challenge: Disabilities, the 3-day makeathon will take place at TechShop in San Francisco. Applications are open until August 10, and Makers, designers, engineers, hobbyists, and professionals are invited to apply.
The Bay Area Makeathon is a meeting point of people who understand specific needs facing people with disabilities (“need-knowers”) and multidisciplinary Makers. For 72 hours they will work inside TechShop, using the tools of modern fabrication to develop prototypes that could address the challenges presented.
Bay Area Makeathon is the fruit of labor of numerous collaborators, including the 3D printing giant Stratasys, bringing Makerbot to every TOM makeathon, as well as Flextronics, Particle (formerly Spark), and others. Prototypes will be evaluated by a professional panel that includes veteran innovators and industry leaders such as former product experience lead at Google X, Tom Chi, as well as senior engineering leaders from Google.