The Challenge: How can Southwest Human Development improve its equipment for young children with disabilities? 

The Answer: Recruit the brightest up-and-coming minds to apply Internet of Things (IoT) technology in a bio-tech setting. 

All products created and funds raised go to support Southwest Human Development's ADAPT Shop. Learn more about the ADAPT Shop at

Why the Assistive Technology Challenge?

Young MAKERS present a huge untapped resource for helping people with disabilities in their community.  Their skills and knowledge are often pointed towards creating cool robots and banana-tossing machines, but this event helps them learn how to benefit others in their community

How Do You Participate?

High School teams of up to 6 members need to apply in advance of our 9/17 Challenge Reveal date to compete.

What is the MAKERS of Change Assistive Technology Challenge?

The challenge is a six-week-long event where teams will build and develop a solution based on the needs of a child with disabilities utilizing IOT technology and design. 

Who is Involved?

The event benefits Southwest Human Development's ADAPT Shop and is hosted and run by an event committee. High School teams of 4-6 students work with their coach and mentors from the community. The 2019 event will be capped at 20 teams.

When and Where is the Event?

The challenge will be released on September 17, 2019 online and at the SciTech Ecosystem Conference (Scottsdale Center for the Performing Arts). The final presentation of solutions happens on November 2, 2019 at College Depot in the Burton Barr Library (downtown Phoenix). Teams will work independently in their spaces. 

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