Meet the Make:able 2022 Judging Panel

Last month we announced the finalists for the 2022 make:able assistive technology challenge, hosted by PrintLab, Autodesk and partners. Today, we are delighted to introduce you to the judging panel - a creative group of experts from Autodesk, Microsoft, Pearson, Design & Technology Association, Prusa Research and many other amazing organisations that operate across the design, healthcare and education fields. For this year's challenge, we have a separate group of judges for each category - let's meet them!

1st June 2022 Make:able

Best Inspirational Story

  • Bob Sonnenberg // CEO At Earle Baum Center
  • Dave Gaylord // VP of Products and Technology at MatterHackers
  • Jen Owen // Co-Founder of e-NABLE
  • Kay Barnes // Assistive Technologist at Leonard Cheshire
  • Gabi Michel // Director of Accessible Accessories at Microsoft


Best Use of Autodesk Software

  • Daria Zhao // Product Marketing Manager at Autodesk
  • Nicole Pellizon // Graduate Technical Consultant at Autodesk
  • Donny Wong // Graduate Technical Consultant at Autodesk
  • Peter Simpson // Customer Advocacy Manager – Simulation at Autodesk
  • Charles Jones // Product Manager at Autodesk


Best Showcase of Customisation

  • Andy Lin // Rehabilitation Engineer at Rancho Los Amigos National Rehabilitation Center
  • Adam Hecht // Co-Founder and Designer at DiveDesign
  • Caleb Kraft // Senior Editor for Make:Magazine
  • Neal McKenzie // Assistive Technology Specialist at Sonoma County Office of Education
  • Grace Ambroze // Accessibility Lead at Rehab Tech Summit
  • Ruby Steel // Co-Founder of Studio Exception


Best Open Source Design

  • Jake McIvor // Engineering Lead at Makers Making Change
  • Kristina Mok // Operations Lead at Makers Making Change
  • Milad Hajihassan // Embedded Systems Designer at Makers Making Change
  • Daniel Koren // B2B & EDU Sales Development at Prusa Research
  • Matt Stultz // Head of Community at Prusa Research


Best Use of 3D Printing

  • Mark Chester // Product Development Specialist at PrintCity Network
  • Melinda Babják-Kis // Sales Director Europe at Craftbot
  • Emese Mesztig // Marketing Executive at Craftbot
  • Paul Croft // Founder of CREATE Education
  • Christina Perla // Co-Founder & CEO at Makelab


Best Showcase of Iterative Design

  • Julien Vaissieres // Co-Founder at Batch.Works
  • Ryan Ball // Director of Education at Design and Technology Association
  • Kevin Kennedy // Founder of Product Design Online
  • Phil Holton // Senior Qualification Manager at Pearson
  • Alistair Bacchetti // President at Handprints e-NABLE Scotland


In terms of the process, judges will be provided with access to an online judging platform, where all submission videos can be viewed.



Each judge has 2 voting tokens (1st place, 2nd place), which they will place next to their chosen submissions. Once all judges have cast their votes, they will be counted (2 points for 1st place, 1 point for 2nd place) and the winners will be revealed on 1st July 2022. Upon announcing the winners, we will also be providing the public with access to all the finalist submissions so you can see the amazing stories for yourself.

In the meantime, don’t forget to follow us on Twitter for some sneak peeks throughout June 😉