With the intent of giving back to the community, Brian Sherwin had the idea to run a “CodeMash Factory” session after regular conference hours. Following our company vision to “Empower every person and every organization on the planet to achieve more” Microsoft hosted a session to rebuild toys for children with disabilities. Brian met some students from the College of Engineering at Ohio State University that regularly run workshops for adapting toys and partnered with them to bring the workshop to CodeMash.

During the 2-hour workshop, 150 attendees were able to retrofit 62 toys with adapters for special capability switches that will allow children to interact with previously inaccessible toys. These toys were then donated to Katelyn’s Kloset, a 501(c)3 organization to provide special needs children adapted toys and fun powered mobility that fit their developmental needs. The toys were donated to families 1/24/2016.


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