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WE WANT TO WORK WITH YOU IF

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You’re a young person
(age 24 and under)
with disabilities.

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You’re a parent, sibling,
caregiver or friend to a
child with disabilities.

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You’re a frontline service
worker for children
with disabilities.

TIMELINE

  • Idea Submission Deadline11th July 2017
  • Shortlisting
  • Makeathon22nd July 2017
  • Product development
  • Launch event5th October 2017

HOW DOES A MAKEATHON WORK?

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Ideas submitted to us via the online registration form will be reviewed and shortlisted, and semi-finalists invited to participate in a Makeathon event.

During the Makeathon, you will be matched with a team of experts to help you build and test a prototype of the product you have imagined. At the end of the day, you will have the opportunity to present your product to a team of judges, who will select six semi-finalists. Over the following weeks, your team of

experts will further refine the product to develop a polished, 3D printed model that can be showcased during a public launch event on 05 October 2017 that will be attended by ministers, private sector leaders, civil society organizations, parents and children and other members of the general public.

During this event, a final judging round will take place, and three semi-finalists will receive seed-funding and support to manufacture a larger quantity of their product.

WHAT ARE THE CHALLENGES?

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At home:

What kind of assistive
tools might be useful to
help children with limited
fine motor skills write,
manipulate paper, hold
utensils for eating, or
carry out other similar
daily activities?

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At play:

How might we create
assistive tools that help
children participate in
everyday play and
games and pick up
after themselves?

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In school:

How might we
adapt classroom
furniture to better
accommodate
children with
disabilities?

WHICH PRODUCTS COULD BE CREATED FOR THE MAKEATHON?

This Makeathon focuses specifically on building products that can be relatively easily manufactured using a 3D printer and/or basic carpentry tools. The skillsets of experts we will have on hand will not focus on technology such as programmers, graphic designers, and computer engineers. Instead their skillsets are on physical product design such as product designers, mechanical engineers, and 3D modelers.

Below are some examples of the types of products that can be created through a Makeathon event.

UNICEF DESIGN PRINCIPLES

When developing your product, we’d like you to keep these UNICEF Innovation Principles in mind.

  • Design with Users
    Design with Users
  • Build For Sustainability
    Build For Sustainability
  • Refuse and Improve
    Refuse and Improve
  • Understanding The Existing Ecosystem
    Understanding The Existing Ecosystem
  • Be Data Driven
    Be Data Driven
  • Do No Harm
    Do No Harm
  • Design For Scale
    Design For Scale
  • Use Open Standards, Open Data, Open Source & Open Innovation
    Use Open Standards, Open Data, Open Source & Open Innovation
  • Be Collaborative
    Be Collaborative
  • Download the handbook to learn more
    about the purpose, challenges, and
    design principles of the #thisability
    MAKEATHON 2017.

    You are welcome to submit ideas to one or
    more challenges via our online portal, though
    each entry will have to be separately created.
    Submit your ideas by 11th July 2017.