Meet the Veterans Who Will Inspire New Innovations this Spring
IT STARTS WITH THE NEEDS OF INDIVIDUAL VETERANS…
There are currently over 2 million active duty and reserve personnel in the Military. There are over 20 million veterans in the U.S., 3.8 million of whom are dealing with a disability.
Challenge America: Makers for Veterans (CAMVETS) signature event is a 3-day intensive makeathon where teams of designers, engineers, and other experts (Solution Makers) work together to create innovative solutions to the specific challenge of their injured Veteran team member (Challenge Knower). Then, we work with strategic partners to develop and scale viable solutions, making them accessible to thousands of Veterans and others facing similar challenges. What starts with one Veteran may ultimately impact thousands.
…AND CREATES SOLUTIONS THROUGH COMMUNITY-BUILDING AND INNOVATION.
The CAMVETS program creates an ecosystem of community support and innovation built around the unmet needs of our veterans. The model empowers and connects the private sector, public sector, social sector, and military community to develop innovative, affordable solutions to these unmet needs.
While there is an emphasis on innovation and creative design, the primary focus is community and empowerment. Its subject is people, not products. It starts with the unmet needs of individual veterans and engages them in the creation of powerful solutions that can then made available to all veterans and others facing similar challenges.
Through a formal partnership agreement with the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) we are proud to launch the CAMVETS program in Cleveland this April 25-27, 2019.
CAMVETS Cleveland 2019 Veteran Challenge Knowers
CAMVETS PARTNERS AND SPONSORS
ABOUT CHALLENGE AMERICA
At Challenge America - a 501(c)3 nonprofit - we have made it our mission to connect service members, veterans, and their families to resources and solutions that build community and give purpose to their lives. From the beginning, we set out to challenge the status quo by designing and scaling innovative, evidence-based solutions to the needs of the military community - no matter where they live. By leveraging technology, creative arts, and community solidarity, we are challenging America to think differently about how we serve our military.