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72 hours of collaboration. 19 advancements in accessibility.

Google was proud to host the Bay Area Makeathon in collaboration with TOM (Tikkun Olam Makers) and UCP (United Cerebral Palsy) of North Bay on September 11–13, 2015, a weekend to design a more accessible world. This 72-hour event brought those who understand the needs of people with disabilities together with technologists, designers and makers.

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Attendees exchanged ideas, designed prototypes and wrote code to answer the challenges of people with disabilities. Explore the 19 challenges the teams tackled at the event, and read more about the insights from the people who submitted them.

The story of WHAT IF there was a way for people on crutches or walkers to safely carry around drinks without spilling them?

Crutches and Tea

WHAT IF there was a way for people on crutches or walkers to safely carry around drinks without spilling them?

When you're on crutches or a walker, there isn't a way to carry your food or drink without spilling it. Carriers exist, but they aren’t spill-proof. I recently broke my femur and was on crutches for 8 weeks. Since I live alone, moving around on crutches was very frustrating. –Daisy

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Judges

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Tom Chi

Former Head of Product Experience at Google X

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    Tom Chi

    Former Head of Product Experience at Google X

  • Picture of Dale Dougherty

    Dale Dougherty

    CEO of Maker Media

  • Picture of Anupam Pathak

    Anupam Pathak

    Senior Engineer at Google Life Sciences

  • Picture of Jonathan Jaglom

    Jonathan Jaglom

    CEO of MakerBot

  • Picture of Margaret Farman

    Margaret Farman

    CEO of United Cerebral Palsy of the North Bay

  • Picture of Michael Dubno

    Michael Dubno

    Retired Wall Street technology executive

  • Picture of Zebreda Dunham

    Zebreda Dunham

    Master maker of new and adapted tools for accessibility

  • Picture of Shay Rishoni

    Shay Rishoni

    CEO of Prize4life

Partners

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