Enable Makeathon 1.0

A Look Into Enable Makeathon 1.0


The idea of Enable Makeathon emerged from the collaboration between the Innovation Initiative and the Physical Rehabilitation Programme at the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC). The ICRC supports a large number of persons with disabilities across the world and has active programmes in more than 40 countries. Most of these people – men, women as well as and most unfortunately, thousands of children – are in rural and remote areas and from less privileged communities. The ICRC’s support and assistance, helps many of them cope with their daily challenges and live a life of dignity.

Enable Makeathon 1.0 took place in Bengaluru, India. Out of the 186 applications submitted, 31 teams came together - 16 from across the globe and 15 onsite - for a 60-day programme.

There were three themes for the programme:

Improving individual autonomy
Access to and quality
of physical rehabilitation services
The open challenge

Out of these three overarching themes,
9 challenges emerged.

  • Performing activities of daily living.
  • Mobility in and around the house
  • Mobility within and beyond the community
  • Assisting education and training
  • Employability and self-employment
  • Remote access to physical rehabilitation services
  • Remote follow-up and user-to-service provider interactions
  • Data collection to improve quality of service
  • Adaption and use of new technologies

The participating teams worked with partners and persons with disabilities, to identify the challenges, design prototypes, refine and test them. On “Demo Day,” 17 finalists presented their products and business models. Three winners and five solutions were selected by a panel of experts. The five solutions then went through a period of incubation and are now on their way to being scaled up for business.

Enable Makeathon In Numbers











3 winners

Some projects



The device senses the comfort level of the users through various sensors which helps prosthetists, physiotherapists and rehabilitation centres to improve the functionality of the prosthetic device for persons with disabilities, the elderly and to improve the recovery rates of persons undergoing rehabilitation.


My Ability KIT (MAK) is an innovative set of assistive devices (AD) for persons with very limited hand movements. It includes a set of adaptive AD and supporting splints named to perform activities of daily living such as brushing, holding a mug to drink water, tea etc.



The team offered an ‘off the shelf’ product - a low cost, prefabricated - twin device to help correct the posture for children with cerebral palsy. It has customizable/adjustable features, hence the product grows as the child grows. The unique selling point of the device is that it can act as both a chair and a standing frame. It is cost effective and requires little storage space.


The team developed a quick and easy add-on to a manual wheelchair to convert it into an outdoor mobility device. The attachment is available in both manual (hand cycle) and motorized mode to meet the needs of different users. They also developed a simple mechanism to make the wheelchair compact and usable in confined spaces.