WE WANT TO WORK WITH YOU IF
You’re a young person
(age 24 and under)
You’re a parent, sibling,
caregiver or friend to a
child with disabilities.
You’re a frontline service
worker for children
- Idea Submission Deadline11th July 2017
- Makeathon22nd July 2017
- Product development
- Launch event5th October 2017
HOW DOES A MAKEATHON WORK?
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?
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
How might we create
assistive tools that help
children participate in
everyday play and
games and pick up
How might we
furniture to better
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.
Hearing Aid Clips
To prevent hearing aids from detaching from the ears of children, with the result of the aids getting damaged or lost, it may be beneficiary to secure them to the child’s ears by using lightweight caps and headbands, fishing line and a safety pin, or hearing aid clips. Accessories that offer protection of hearing aids from sweat, moisture and dirt are also available, and may prolong the lifetime of the aids and reduce frequency and cost of repairs. Older children may be more willing to wear their hearing aids if they have been engaged in choosing the color of their earmold or hearing aid.
A lightweight portable ramp that provides wheelchair/disability access into homes, buildings, vehicles and more. Portable ramps can be horizontally and longitudinally folding, telescopic or with fixed dimensions. In addition, they can be either wide platforms or channel-ramps. They are usually made of aluminum and sometimes fiberglass/graphite fiber.
The pencil or pen grips are made for left and right handed users to make gripping a pencil/pen easier. It is made in many different shapes and allows the user to write for long periods of time without cramping. The pencil/pen grips are used to make gripping a writing instrument easier and avoids cramping.
Braille Slate And Stylus
A slate and stylus is a small, mechanical device used for writing braille by hand. Typically, a braille slate is a pocket-sized or desktop two-part hinged device. The top part contains rows of rectangular openings corresponding to individual braille cells which guide the stylus while the bottom part has rows of indentations arranged in cells allowing the stylus to emboss dots on paper. A stylus consists of a small handle made of wood or plastic with a sharp metal point. Writing on a braille slate is done by inserting paper between the top and bottom parts of the slate and inserting the point of the stylus through the openings in the top part, pressing the paper into the depressions below.
UNICEF DESIGN PRINCIPLES
When developing your product, we’d like you to keep these UNICEF Innovation Principles in mind.
Download the handbook to learn more
about the purpose, challenges, and
design principles of the #thisability
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.