AbilityMate started out running regular co-creation events at makerspaces, we call them Make-athons. Although we are very busy researching & developing 3D printed Orthotics we still love to get out into the community to invent stuff from time to time!
AbilityMate utilises co-creation as a tool to develop a unique blend of ideas for customised assistive products. Our co-creation programs emphasise empathy and listening. We help end users define their problems, assist with prototyping, designing and making. People with lived experience of a disability are the experts of their own experience and co-creation is surefire way to draw out a plethora of new and relevant product ideas.
When co-creation meets localised production incredible things happen! Localised production is a familiar concept within the maker movement and DIY culture. It’s about small scale production and access to the means of production. We can run programs at AbilityMate’s home base, UNSW Michael Crouch Innovation Centre makerspace and we also have a mobile makerspace available for hire so we can bring the means to production to people who may not be able come to us. We have a bunch equipment including 3D printers, portable laser cutters, various hand tools and materials.
If you think a program like this could have a positive impact on your community get in touch. We have a team of Facilitators, Industrial Designers, Programmers, Engineers and Technologist who can work together with people who have disabilities to invent bespoke assistive products! We also work with Occupational Therapists to make sure the stuff invented doesn’t cause any secondary complications. We can run a 1 day Make-athon or deliver a longer program. Check out the videos below to see our co-creation events in action!