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Awesome Ottawa: March award to support a medical make-a-thon

By Awesome Ottawa on April 9, 2020

March’s Awesome Ottawa award goes to Erin Austen and the Ottawa chapter of Medical Makers to support a Medical Make-a-thon in the city.

“Medical Makers,” explains Erin, “is a global community of creative and compassionate innovators making healthcare better. This is accomplished by leveraging the power of 3D printing to improve access to medical care and healthcare education.”

Since the chapter was established in 2018, there have been two Medical Make-a-thons in Ottawa. “Make-a-thons,” Erin says, “involve each participant 3D printing a project and allow for an initial evaluation of their design. They’re also a great way to obtain ideas for potential projects that directly serve local needs in the community. Participants can be young kids or older adults, and no experience is required to attend.”

Erin is a recent Master’s in Aerospace Engineering graduate, and founder of the Ottawa chapter of Medical Makers.

While originally planned for this spring, the Make-a-thon will now take place in the fall.

About Awesome Ottawa

Awesome Ottawa is part of a global movement of self-organizing chapters forwarding the interest of awesome in the universe, $1,000 at a time. At each chapter, ten or so “trustees” each contribute $100 every month, and review short applications received online to decide on the recipient of the pooled funds—usually a local project, but occasionally a particularly awesome one far away from home. Globally, more than $4.5 million has already been awarded–$124,000 of that by Awesome Ottawa.


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