We Fixed 67 LipSyncs

On Monday, December 4th, we were at Vancouver Hack Space to repair a few LipSyncs. “A few” turned out to be 67: that’s how many LipSyncs are up and running now with the help of some fantastic Makers, all in 10 hours.

The completed LipSyncs are on their way to people who need them. A big thank you to everyone who came out to troubleshoot with us!

Makers working on LipSync parts

Above: Makers putting their skills to good use. (Background, left) Luke, a Director at Vancouver Hack Space; (background, right) Marcello, a TELUS team member who also attended a previous buildathon; (foreground, left) Martin, an electrical engineer; (foreground, right) Charles, Mechanical Engineer at the Neil Squire Society

Luke working on a LipSync

Above: Luke working on LipSync parts

Repair a LipSync Night

On Monday, December 4th, we’ll be at Vancouver Hack Space to fix some LipSyncs. We’ve held a number of buildathons over the past year at schools, at corporate team-building events, and in makerspaces. Some of the LipSyncs built at these events need a bit more work before they are released into the wild.

If you can solder, have some technical troubleshooting skills, and have some time, help us fix a LipSync or two!

Makers working on LipSync parts

Above: Makers working on LipSync parts at a previous build event

RSVP on the Meetup page. Come any time, for as long as you are able.

When: Monday, December 4th, 12pm - 10pm
Where: Vancouver Hack Space, #104-1715 Cook Street Vancouver, BC V5Y 3J6

Sustainability TV Filming

On Wednesday, November 22nd, Sustainability Television visited our Burnaby office to film a segment. The segment will focus on Neil Squire Society and Makers Making Change. It won’t be broadcast until September 2018, but we were excited to be a part of it!

Here are some photos:

Chad sitting in a room being prepped by a crew member

Above: Chad, our Director of Innovation, being prepped by a crew member for his bit of the shoot

Milad demonstrates a LipSync

Above: Milad, our Systems Developer, demonstrates a LipSync as crew members film him

Zee being filmed in front of a Makers making Change backdrop

Above: Crew filming Zee, our Makers Making Change Project Manager

We also want to talk about the Make Change Conference in Toronto on November 12th. Zee presented alongside Sorlie Madox, a talented artist and potter with multiple sclerosis, and Kat Singer, a multi-disciplinary community-based artist, activist, and educator.

(left) Zee standing by a poster; (right) Zee at the panel

Above: (left) Zee next to a Toronto Maker Map poster; (right) Zee at the panel with other speakers

Together they discussed making for, with, and as people with disabilities. It was great to see how many passionate makers and organizers are involved in the Toronto maker community.

Makers Making Change Regional Coordinator Openings

We are hiring! Our Makers Making Change initiative is looking for Regional Coordinators for our Prairie, Central, and Atlantic offices. The Regional Coordinators will work to integrate Makers Making Change into the culture of various makerspaces and hackspaces in their region.

Makers Making Change logo

The Regional Coordinators will be a key part of our new Social Innovation department. They will implement and promote the program regionally by coordinating events, acquiring local publicity, and developing relationships as well as crucial partnerships locally with potential project partners.

You’ll love this role if you are a maker who is actively involved in maker culture – someone who is passionate about creating in all aspects of life. You will have the opportunity to interact and work with diverse groups of people, including people with disabilities, engineers, designers, and occupational therapists.

Click here to read more about the openings. The deadline is November 30th, 2017.

Google Builds 13 LipSyncs

The LipSync project is funded by Google.org. Members of our Makers Making Change team headed down to Google HQ in Mountain View, California, for a Buildathon! Google was celebrating Accessibility Week and we joined them on Wednesday and Thursday, November 1st and 2nd.

Eight organizations in the accessibility sphere, including the Neil Squire Society, were invited on Wednesday. On Thursday, Google staff built 13 LipSyncs for people with disabilities.

Here are some photos from the event:

Harry and Charles standing by an Accessibility Week poster

Neil Squire Society staff members Harry Lew, Manager of Research and Development (left) with Charles Gallagher, Mechanical Engineer

We worked in an area called The Garage, a workshop space with a lot of equipment and tools.

Google sign mounted on the wall

Above: The Google sign in The Garage, made of old car parts

Google staff working on LipSync parts

Above: Susan Porter, an Occupational Therapist at Santa Clara Valley Medical Center, speaks as Google staff build LipSyncs. Among the staff members: (far right, in grey) Aaron Cunningham, Program Manager of The Garage; and (right, in black) Maya Ben-Ari, Product Manager of Android Accessibility.

Team standing before Android statue

Above: It’s always a good time for a group photo at the Android statue

Thank you to everyone at Google for a fantastic Accessibility Week!