Challenge America, BioEnterprise, Cleveland Clinic and VA Northeast Ohio Healthcare System will launch the Fall 2019 Challenge America: Makers for Veterans (CAMVETS) program Aug. 28 at the Global Center for Health Innovation. CAMVETS is a biannual program that enlists the talents of engineers, designers and other professionals to create innovative solutions to serve the unmet needs of injured veterans.
For the second year in a row, Challenge America will lead a U.S. Delegation of injured Veterans and subject matter experts over to Tel Aviv, Israel for the annual Makers For Heroes event.
Makers For Heroes is an international program organized by Israeli nonprofit, Restart, in partnership with Tikkun Olam Makers (TOM) and Challenge America. This year, there will be 19 Veteran participants and teams from 4 different countries: Israel, the United States, France, and Azerbaijan.
This Spring, Challenge America is partnering with VA Northeast Ohio Healthcare System (VANEOHS) and Cleveland Clinic Innovations, to launch the Challenge America: Makers For Veterans in Cleveland, OH. CAMVETS assembles teams of experts to create innovative solutions to the unmet needs of injured Veterans. These solutions aim to produce dramatic improvements in the daily lives of Veterans, their loved ones, and hopefully many others who face similar challenges.
The seven teams will meet April 25-27, 2019 for a three-day intensive workshop, called a “make-a-thon”, to actually build the working prototype solution for their Veteran teammate. These three days will be chock-full of activities, mentorship session, and most importantly, making stuff that will change these very deserving Veterans’ lives.
On the last evening on April 27th, we will hold the CAMVETS Closing Ceremony at the HIMSS Innovation Center in Cleveland to celebrate the creative technological accomplishments of the seven Veteran participants and their teams.
Challenge America and Restart will be featured at the 2019 AIPAC Conference where a 6-minute video of our US-Israeli Makers For Heroes program will be shown on the Main Stage to all attendees. By hosting a large exhibit space in "The Village", Challenge America and Restart an exciting and unique opportunity to share our shared mission with others and highlight our upcoming U.S. and Israeli Makers programs.
Challenge America, the VA Northeast Ohio Healthcare System (VANEOHS), and Cleveland Clinic Innovations hosted Cleveland-area Veterans, engineers, designers, programmers, and other professionals for the Challenge America: Makers for Veterans (CAMVETS) program kick-off on Friday, March 1 at St. Edward High School in Lakewood, Ohio. The seven Veteran participants - six from Northeast Ohio and one from Israel - met their teams of “Solution Makers” for the first time and immediately began planning the design process during this ideation session.
CAMVETS assembles teams of experts to create innovative solutions to the unmet needs of injured Veterans. These solutions aim to produce dramatic improvements in the daily lives of Veterans, their loved ones, and hopefully many others who face similar challenges.