Assistive Devices Hackathon Mackay 21-23 July – Nominations close 26 May

Assistive Devices Hackathon Mackay 21-23 July – Nominations close 26 May

Assistive devices are helping more and more people with disabilities do things they otherwise might not be able to, and the Queensland Government wants to see our makers and manufacturers lead the world in this exciting industry.

The Assistive Devices Hackathon, organised by the Queensland Government, will be a two-and-a-half-day intensive making marathon held in Mackay from 21-23 July 2017.

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.

Nominations are being sought from people with a disability, or a professional within the disability field, for challenges in two categories:

  • independent living
  • community involvement.

Once a panel has assessed these nominations, up to 10 projects will be selected before matching the challenge with a team of makers with relevant interests.

Makers will be educated or experienced in relevant areas such as biomechanical engineering, occupational therapy, fabricating, design or coding. The person with a disability (and, if appropriate, a carer) will be an active member of their project team and make a critical contribution to the development of a device prototype.

Each hackathon event will be two-and-a-half days of high-energy making, testing and prototyping. At the end of the event, each team will have a prototype that can be judged during a closing presentation. The winning team will receive support to further develop their product, with a view to potential commercialisation. Each team will retain all intellectual property generated in the making of their prototype.

If you are interested in submitting a team, or for further information please visit our website.

Registrations for challenges close on 26th May 2017 so register now to be part of this exciting and impacting event!

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Dennis is an Electrical and Control Systems Engineer and was appointed President of Startup Mackay Inc. in June 2016. He is a member of Engineers Australia, AISA, MITN, DMLA within the Education, Training, Research and Innovation Pillar, and the Reference Group for the Digital Economy Strategy. He has also been inducted into the Advance Queensland Community Digital Champion program where he aims to encourage Queenslanders to explore and enjoy the benefits of the digital age. You can follow Dennis on Twitter @DenMurphy or connect with him on LinkedIn (


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