Greetings from Calgary! We’re here for the 2017 TOM:Calgary Makeathon (new window). In addition to being a headline sponsor of the event this weekend, we’re happy to be partnering with TOM:Alberta to host our first LipSync Buildathon in Alberta — hopefully the first of many!
Our engineer, Charles, helping high school students at a previous Buildathon.
The TOM:Calgary Makeathon is a three-day event running Friday to Sunday (August 25th -27th) at 3536-27 Street NE, Calgary. Similar to our Access Makeathon (new window), 15 teams of 4-6 individuals each will work with a person with a disability to create a solution to an everyday barrier they have. Participants will be given a budget, monitored, and guided through their projects. On Sunday, the projects will be showcased from 2:30-5:30 PM at the University of Calgary (new window) EEEL building. If you’re in the area, you can RSVP at no cost, by visiting bit.ly/yycdemoday (new window).
The LipSync Buildathon will take place on the Friday and Saturday at the same place from 12-6 PM. High school students and recent undergraduates will be working with technical mentors from TOM:Alberta and Makers Making Change (new window) to build over 15 LipSync devices which will be given to quadriplegics living in Southern Alberta.
PS We have entered the LipSync into the Instructables Makerspace Contest (new window). If we win, the prizes are 3D printers, a Laser cutter and a ton of other really useful equipment that will help us grow Makers Making Change. Feel free to help us win by signing up for an account (if you don’t have one already), and clicking vote on the three contest options: https://www.instructables.com/id/How-to-Build-a-LipSync/ (new window)