TOM: Melbourne Makeathon

TOM: Melbourne Makeathon for Assistive Technology



TOM: Tikkun Olam Makers is a global movement that connects designers, developers and engineers with people with disabilities to develop technological solutions for everyday challenges.

TOM: Melbourne will be a three-day Makeathon in partnership with Swinburne University of Technology, to develop affordable, assistive technology that addresses the needs of people with disabilities.

Makedo founder Paul Justin will be adding his creative expertise as one of the Makers at the Melbourne Makeathon.

The event is focused on creating prototypes, bringing together social activism and open innovation, to work directly with people in need to address areas where market forces fail.



Teams of Makers - engineers, product designers, innovators and problem solvers, will be connected with Need Knowers - individuals with a deep understanding of a specific disability or challenge, to develop hardware and software prototypes.

Registrations are now open to join a group of talented individuals for three amazing days to experience how tinkering and technology can impact lives.

Applications Close on the 22nd of September 2017.

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Do you have a need TOM can solve?

Take a moment and imagine what you want. Describe your challenges and TOM will connect you with Makers that can develop a solution with you.

TOM: Melbourne is looking for Need Knowers individuals with a personal understanding of the needs of people with disabilities. In most cases these are the ones living with disabilities themselves; in others, these are relatives, caregivers or professionals.

At a TOM Makeathon, Need Knowers are critical to teams working alongside the Makers through each stage of prototyping.


Are you a problem solver?

Calling all designers, developers, engineers and anyone who loves creating. At TOM, Makers are the ones that execute every stage of the prototype, turning an idea into a reality.

The maker culture in general supports open-source hardware. Typical interests enjoyed by the maker culture include engineering-oriented pursuits, electronics, robotics, 3-D printing, industrial design and the use of CNC tools, as well as more traditional activities such as metalworking, woodworking and mainly, its predecessor, the traditional arts and crafts.


See more cardboard Halloween costume ideas from Makedo!

Makedo Cardboard Halloween Costume Ideas

If you love dressing up for Halloween, then you'll love these creative cardboard costume ideas made using Makedo.

A cardboard costume can be quick and easy to build, thanks to the ingenious child-friendly Makedo Scru. For those who are seriously scary about their Halloween costume creativity, the complexity can increase exponentially and we guarantee that Makedo's cardboard construction tools are up for the challenge.

Don't believe us? Check out these Makedo cardboard costume highlights!


Halloween dressup fun with Makedo cardboard costumes


With so much creative potential in every cardboard box, it can be hard to know where to get started. For those stuck in a corrugated rut, here are some Halloween ideas from Makedo on Instructables.


Have you used Makedo for your Halloween costume?
Be sure to post and share your creation:   #makedoboo




Intergalactic Makedo - Space Pod launch

Blast Off! Ready to Build Space Pod Launch


Inspiring the next generation of creative innovators with our tools for cardboard construction, we're all boosters firing to launch our out-of-this-world Ready To Build mission... THE SPACE POD!



Build your own Space Pod and get inside to fight an intergalactic star war, search for life on other planets and navigate your way around your unbounded imagination to worlds unknown.

Makedo Space Pod interior

The Space Pod is an all-inclusive project kit with everything you need in the box! Suitable for girls and boys aged 6+.

The Makedo Scru and Scrudriver are an intuitive and simple set of tools for cardboard construction.

Stands at over 4 feet tall! Develops collaboration, problem solving skills, spatial awareness and creative play.

INCLUDES: Simple, step by step instructions, printed and pre-cut cardboard and reusable Makedo cardboard construction tools.






Space Pod kit contents and assembly walkthrough: 

The Makedo Space Pod can be easily assembled by following the included step-by-step instructions. Little makers might appreciate the help of an adult; and you can refer to the Instructions walkthrough video below to see the complete assembly process from unboxing through to blast-off.