With assistive devices expected to be worth $1 billion by 2020, the Queensland Government is looking to put our makers and manufacturers on the fast track to being involved in this exciting industry.

Assistive Devices Hackathons are two-and-a-half-day intensive making marathons where people with a disability—and a well-identified need—will work with a team of makers, mentored by a manufacturing industry expert, to develop a prototype that meets their needs.

What is a maker?

Makers are a blend of DIY enthusiasts and hacking culture that focuses on creating new devices and tinkering with old ones. Makers involved in the Assistive Devices Hackathons will be teams of high-tech enthusiasts who may have experience in:

  • design
  • coding
  • occupational therapy
  • engineering
  • fabrication
  • manufacturing

The Assistive Devices Hackathons:

  • raise awareness amongst Queensland manufacturers about emerging opportunities in the area of assistive technology
  • support collaboration between educational facilities (such as universities and TAFEs) and established businesses
  • connect manufacturers with young talent in maker spaces, universities and TAFEs
  • provide mentoring to makers and students and provide a connection to encourage them to consider career opportunities in manufacturing
  • demonstrate the hackathon process to industry as a way of developing products for emerging markets
  • facilitate the rapid prototyping of devices that may be considered for further development and commercialisation.