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72 hours to make the world better for children with disabilities

TOM (Tikkun Olam Makers) is an international non-profit organization using design and technology to address neglected problems. The TOM event is an intersection between challenges and technical solutions. Participants with different backgrounds and expertise gather together for a 72-hour “makeathon” and build a product to help someone in need. TOM focuses on inclusive designs with a reasonable price for people with disabilities. In Hebrew, Tikkun Olam means changing the world; and this is TOM’s mission. (See more information about TOM at www.tomglobal.org

In 2016, the United States Consulate General in Ho Chi Minh City, the Embassy of the State of Israel, UNICEF, Disability Research and Capacity Development (DRD), FABLAB Saigon, and other partners from academia and the private sector will co-organize the TOM event in Ho Chi Minh City. This is a unique opportunity for children with disabilities and families to present their challenges, as well as share ideas of products that would help to reduce their challenges. Based on these ideas, technical teams will develop innovative solutions during a 72-hour “makeathon” to help children have a better life. 


Children with disabilities are under 18 years old, studying and living in HCMC. 


  • 05/02/2016: Close the application round 
  • 25/02/2016: Result announcement 
  • 06/03/2016: Pre-Tom Event between need-knowers and technical team
  • 17-19/04/2016: A 72-hour “makeathon”

III. VENUE: Will be confirmed


- Transportation will be provided for need-knowers and families during the event. 

- Need-knowers and families participate the event voluntarily and allow us to use photos for communication. 

If you are interested in the TOM event, please fill out the application form here. Deadline will be February 5th, 2016. If you need further information, please contact us via email at: tomvn@drdvietnam.org. Thank you for your cooperation!



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