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miniTOM:Alyn - A Good Deeds Day event by TOM: Tikkun Olam Makers, Ruach Tova and Alyn Hospital, was a 12-hour event whose goal was to develop products which respond to problems faced by people with special needs.

During the event, participants from the world of industry and ‘making’ worked together with people with special needs, in order to design products to address challenges defined by patients of the hospital.

95 participants took part in the miniMakeathon, including makers, engineers, designers, programmers, occupational therapists, physiotherapists and doctors from organizations such as Alyn Hospital, Israel Aerospace Industries (IAI), Intel, Cisco, Hansen FabLab, Jerusalab, Hadassa College, etc. 

Projects completed at TOM:ALYN

Ponytail: How can Tamar tie her hair up in a pony tail with her one functioning hand? The team of engineers from IAI developed two solutions:

  1. A vacuum cleaner tube which gathers the hair, followed by pressing a button which releases an elastic band which ties up the hair.
  2. An elastic strap which sits around the neck and can be pulled up like a head band. When the ends are pulled the hair is tied into a pony tail.

Folding crutches: How can crutches be stored so that they won’t get in kids’ way when travelling on the train, or disturb other passengers? The team of engineers from IAI cut the crutches and re-attached them like tent poles which can be easily folded away.

Mobile phone holder: How can Matan use his phone comfortably while it rests on his leg? The team 3D-printed an adjustable phone stand, which was attached to his leg with a comfortable fabric strap.

Simon Says: How can a child paralyzed from the neck down communicate and play with his brothers just by moving his head? The team created Simon’s Game, which is based on remembering colors, is connected to the child’s head with an arduino board and movement sensors, so that he can play simply by moving his head.

Toilet booster seat: How can you get around easily, simply and aesthetically with a toilet booster seat? The team came up with the following options:

  1. Use folding sponges
  2. Use bottles with concertina folds
  3. A seat built like a camping chair from folding metal

Hand Rest: How can we make it easier for children with muscular atrophy in their hands, following period without using a hand rest or splint? The team designed an extra layer for a hand rest which is soft and can be adjusted as needed, which gives support to the hand.

Grabber Hand: How can Ella, who has limited motor skills, use a keyboard for her studies? The team put together a mouth-operated stick which has a 3D-printed pointer on the end, which can press keys on the keyboard. This product is an upgrade of a product which was developed at TOM:San Francisco.

Hand tremor: How can Oz eat and write, despite his hand tremor? The team built him a glove which includes a skeleton which cancels out the tremor. This product is an upgrade of a product which was developed at TOM:TLV.

Head rest: How can we provide head support without using a specialized wheelchair? The team built a head rest connected to a vest which can be worn by the child.

Pool game: How can we make hydrotherapy treatments more pleasurable for children, and teach them to dive into the pool? The team created a game with waterproof lights and switches which are sunk across the pool. Engineers and programmers from Cisco took part in this project.


Earlier Event: November 16
TOM:Tefen 2015
Later Event: June 3
TOM:Vietnam 2016