Tikkun Olam Makers
Tikkun Olam Makers (TOM) is an international not-for-profit movement that utilizes modern design and digital manufacturing to address neglected needs.
Tikkun Olam is Hebrew for “repairing the world,” and that is our focus in TOM. Our goal is to design and create empowering solutions for challenges faced by individuals living with disabilities and limitations.
One billion people, or 15 percent of the world’s population, experience some form of disability*.
Technology development that addresses the needs of these people are often neglected due to market demographics. Some particular challenges may be faced by only a handful of people in the world – but that does not invalidate the need for these solutions.
*World Bank 2017
All TOM:Alberta initiatives bring together “makers” and “need-knowers” to address neglected challenges with affordable technology solutions.
People living with disability or someone close (like a family member, caregiver, or friend) who has intimate knowledge of the everyday challenge(s) posed. This knowledge is critical in designing a functional and personalized solution. Need-knowers become part of the team; they are not a customer.
People who make things. Designers, engineers, industry professionals, artists, bio-hackers, and tinkerers. Makers like to DIY, work with textiles, make robots, do metal/woodworking, and much more. Makers don’t need any particular background or education, just curiosity and a hands-on mindset.
For specific inquiries please feel free to reach out to our organizing team directly.
Kathryn is the current President of TOM:AB. Contact Kathryn for any inquiries not covered above!
Richard is the founder of TOM:AB and was the first to bring TOM events to Canadian soil. Contact Richard for inquiries regarding partnerships and collaborations!
Contact Gilary if you are a need-knower (someone with a disability or a caregiver) or know someone who is!
Contact Courtney if you are a maker (designer, engineer, artist, etc.) or know someone who is!
Contact Colin for event details on TOM:AB Makeathon 2017!
Contact Danielle if you are interested in receiving press releases, arranging event tours, or in any way want to help us tell our story!
Contact Brian if you are interested in sponsoring TOM:AB Makeathon 2017!
Help one, Help many
Solving real-life challenges with affordable technologies
Open Source Solutions
Global database collects solutions to all challenges to help others internationally
The Need-Knower is a part of the team, not a client
Proudly fostering assistive technology innovation