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Access Makeathon

What a great weekend! At the Access Makeathon, we saw some brilliant innovation. We saw people working together — it really epitomized the bigger picture that we’re working towards with the LipSync. We saw engaged members of the community — makers, university students, people from many walks of life — come together and work towards bettering peoples’ lives. It was truly magical. And a lot of fun too.

A team of  makers hard at work, with some of our LipSync team helping out
A team of makers hard at work, with some of our LipSync team helping out.

But it’s a bit tough to explain in just words.

So we created a crowd-sourced collage of various postings on social media from the #MakeAccess hashtag over the weekend. We’ll share the videos as they come too.

For more pictures of the event or to add yours to the collection, go the Access Makeathon Facebook group or tag them on twitter or instagram with #MakeAccess.

The exterior of the Centre for Digital Media
The Centre for Digital Media

The opening and closing of the Access Makeathon took place at The Hangar at the Centre for Digital Media (located at 685 Great Northern Way, Vancouver, BC, just a few minutes west of VCC-Clark Station), which also served as the home of the workshops throughout the weekend.

The Centre for Digital Media is the result of a collaboration between four postsecondary institutions — the University of British Columbia, Simon Fraser University, the Emily Carr University of Art and Design, and the British Columbia Institute of Technology — and hosts the Master of Digital Media program.

The Hangar is an 8,000 square foot multi-purpose facility, located in CDM|577, one of two buildings hosting the Access Makeathon.

“Hackers” hard at work inside the Vancouver Hack Space
“Hackers” hard at work inside the Vancouver Hack Space

The Vancouver Hack Space (located at #104-1715 Cook St), which describes itself as “the community garage for a community without garages,” is where some of the more “heavy duty” making took place.

While making was done at both locations, at the Vancouver Hack Space, a wide of tools, such as CNC machines and laser cutters (and more than a few 3D printers) were available. In addition to tools and space, members of the Vancouver Hack Space graciously donated their time and were there to serve as knowledgeable mentors to our teams.

Access Makeathon was a one of a kind race against the clock. Accessible Media Inc (AMI) Inside followed 10 teams over the 48 hours as they conceived, designed and build access solutions for a person with a disability.

Watch the AMI Inside episode on the Access Makeathon.

AMI camera man Tim filming the 'Makers' working on their project

Maker's have 48 hours to create a solution for a person with a disability