Calling all makers, TOM: NYC Makethon for disability challenges

Press Release: February 22, 2017

Calling all makers, TOM:NYC Makethon for disability challenges

MakerBot is excited to announce our participation in the upcoming TOM:NYC Makeathon. This innovative gathering will connect teams of designers and engineers to people with disabilities to create ground breaking assistive technology devices. TOM (Tikkun Olam Makers) is a global community of makers that partners with local organizations – in this case Cornell University and the NYC Mayor’s Office for People with Disabilities – to develop affordable and accessible solutions for everyday challenges.

The 72-hour Makeathon will take place at the cutting-edge fabrication facility, New Lab in Brooklyn, on April 21st to the 23rd. Over 150 makers and need-knowers will come together in teams to design and test devices for individual use. After the event, the devices will be shared online so that users around the world can download and adapt them to their needs.

MakerBot will provide teams unlimited access to Replicator+ and Z18 3D printers in order to accelerate their design process and enable them to print functional prototypes of their assistive technology devices. Teams will be working in a limited 72 hour time frame, so harnessing 3D printing to quickly iterate their designs will help them achieve the highest quality possible for their respective need-knowers. This effort is at the heart of both MakerBot and TOM’s missions and marks the second time the two have teamed up to harness the skills of the maker community to bring powerful solutions to light.

Are you a maker interested in testing your skills alongside other teams to invent ground breaking devices? Join us and the NYC maker community in this amazing cause, sign up for TOM:NYC today!


About Us

MakerBot, a subsidiary of Stratasys Ltd. (NASDAQ: SSYS), is a global leader in the 3D print industry. MakerBot's mission is to advance tomorrow's innovators and institutions by empowering the professional, educators and students of today. Rather than solely focus on hardware, MakerBot offers connected solutions that address the wider needs of professionals and educators. MakerBot's solutions provide a faster more, effective way for engineers and designers to test ideas and help educators to prepare students for the jobs of tomorrow. Founded in 2009 in Brooklyn, NY, MakerBot strives to redefine the standards for reliability and ease-of-use. Through this dedication, MakerBot has one of the largest installed bases in the industry and also runs Thingiverse, the largest 3D printing community in the world. To learn more about MakerBot, visit makerbot.com.

Press Kit: February 22, 2017
Calling all makers, TOM:NYC Makethon for disability challenges


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