Making life a little easier

Wyndham-based industrial designer Eva Klusacek is taking part in an assistive technology event, creating a prototype to help improve the life of someone with a disability. (Damjan Janevski) 324143_03

Truganina resident and industrial designer Eva Klusacek will be among the ‘makers’ on deck at the upcoming Tikkun Olam Makers Melbourne event.

As part of the event in Geelong on Saturday, March 25 and Sunday, March 26, she will be paired with a ‘need-knower’ – people with disability who have a specific need.

Ms Klusacek said she is excited to use her skills to help someone.

“I applied because it will be a great opportunity to use my skills to come up with a design solution to make a real difference to someone’s life; as well as challenging myself with a new type of design project.

“I enjoy creating things with my hands, so that was another reason that this program appealed to me.

“Working together in teams with people from different disciplines and backgrounds sounded great too, to be able to bounce off each other’s experience and ideas.”

Ms Klusacek said she is passionate about ensuring the end product of any design works as best as possible.

“One of the most important aspects during the design process is to ensure that the end product will work well for the end user,” she said.

“I also really liked that the end design becomes open-source and can be freely reproduced by anyone.”

TOM Melbourne founder and director Debbie Dadon said the design aims to create customised and affordable assistive technology for the ‘need-knowers’.

“We are extremely excited about the upcoming TOM: Melbourne 2023 Regional Makeathons and the prospect of working with our fabulous teams of Makers and Need Knowers,” she said.

TOM originated in Israel in 2014, with the phrase ‘Tikkun Olam’ roughly translating to ‘repairing the world’.