Inventors of devices for individuals with special-needs - the TOM: Nur-Sultan makeathon winners announced

Nur-Sultan has announced the winners of the TOM: Nur-Sultan makeathon for inventions improving the quality of life for people with disabilities. Robotek'S team won the first prize for developing a Swedish wall for wheelchair users.

"We have developed a multifunctional Swedish wall for wheelchair users with a feature of the knee support height adjustment, a belt for pelvis lifts, and a horizontal bar with rubber-coated handles. Thus, it helps people forced to sit in a wheelchair all the time to get back on their feet for a while. Our exercise equipment is adjustable in length and width. It can be adjusted to the physical characteristics of an individual. We had this idea after a need-knower named Ivan had been assigned to our team. We started working with him. Our main goal was to make our prototype help him back on his feet," Alina Ayupova, the Robotek'S team captain, told about the project.

According to the organizers, the jury unanimously appraised the work of the winning team and the quality of the prototype. Immediately after makeathon, the invention was granted to the need-knower for private use. The team received Sulpak certificates for the total amount of 500 thousand tenge as their first prize.

The second award went to the Zhardem team that created a prototype of an all-terrain wheelchair. The team was awarded with Sulpak certificates for a total amount of 300 thousand tenge.

The third place went to the STEM team that invented a walker frame for people with disabilities. The prototype was made for a child diagnosed with cerebral palsy. The family thanked them for their help. The team members were awarded with Sulpak certificates for 120 thousand tenge.

The Cicada team wan the fourth prize for developing a writing simulator for a blind person. The team members were awarded with a special prize of annual subscription for the Fab Lab digital prototyping laboratory at Nazarbayev University.

The first stage of the TOM: Nur-Sultan makeathon was launched at the Fab Lab site of the Nazarbayev University Innovation Cluster on October 9. It was attended by 14 teams that worked on creating prototypes for people with special needs during the 72-hour marathon. Ten projects were selected for the second stage.

During the marathon, young developers were consulted by need-knowers - people with disabilities recommended by the Kazakhstan Confederation of Disabled People. The teams were also assisted by practitioners in rehabilitation, surgery and IT. The event was organized by the metropolitan Department of Youth Policy, the Astana Zhastary youth resource center, the Fab Lab of the Nazarbayev University Innovation Cluster and the Friends of Tel Aviv University Association.


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