Meet the Veterans Who Will Inspire New Innovations this Spring


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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

James dreams of doing a two-arm Stone Lift.   Disabled strength sports competitor, James Spurgin, aims to lift an ancient stone from Iceland, despite having no function in his right arm.

James dreams of doing a two-arm Stone Lift.
Disabled strength sports competitor, James Spurgin, aims to lift an ancient stone from Iceland, despite having no function in his right arm.

Lee wants to control his devices without assistance.  Marine Corps veteran, Lee Tomlin, is quadriplegic after sustaining a spinal cord injury from a gunshot wound. He would like to be able to control his devices to read and watch movies without assistance.

Lee wants to control his devices without assistance.
Marine Corps veteran, Lee Tomlin, is quadriplegic after sustaining a spinal cord injury from a gunshot wound. He would like to be able to control his devices to read and watch movies without assistance.

Chris wants to get up from and down to floor to play with his baby.   Chris and his wife are awaiting their first child and he wants a device that will allow him to get down on the floor to play with his baby.

Chris wants to get up from and down to floor to play with his baby.
Chris and his wife are awaiting their first child and he wants a device that will allow him to get down on the floor to play with his baby.

Uzi is looking for some relief in his hands while he sleeps.   Veteran of the Israeli Counter Terror Unit, Uzi participated in thousands of counter terror operations that saved untold numbers of civilian lives in Israel. He is looking for a glove to provide pain relief in his hands while he sleeps.

Uzi is looking for some relief in his hands while he sleeps.
Veteran of the Israeli Counter Terror Unit, Uzi participated in thousands of counter terror operations that saved untold numbers of civilian lives in Israel. He is looking for a glove to provide pain relief in his hands while he sleeps.

Brett aims to transfer between his wheelchair and handcycle unassisted.  Brett loves to handcycle. He is looking for a device to help him to transfer himself from his wheelchair to his handcycle on his own.

Brett aims to transfer between his wheelchair and handcycle unassisted.
Brett loves to handcycle. He is looking for a device to help him to transfer himself from his wheelchair to his handcycle on his own.

Todd needs to be able to use his devices so that he can go back to school.   Todd is a bilateral hand amputee and he is looking for a solution to be able to easily use his computer and phone so that he can start to pursue his goal of going back to school.

Todd needs to be able to use his devices so that he can go back to school.
Todd is a bilateral hand amputee and he is looking for a solution to be able to easily use his computer and phone so that he can start to pursue his goal of going back to school.

Ginger is looking for tech companion to combat PTSD symptoms throughout her day.   Ginger struggles with PTSD due to Military Sexual Trauma and would like to have a technological solution that provides coping mechanisms at the right moments to guide her through her day.

Ginger is looking for tech companion to combat PTSD symptoms throughout her day.
Ginger struggles with PTSD due to Military Sexual Trauma and would like to have a technological solution that provides coping mechanisms at the right moments to guide her through her day.


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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.