Start With One

Start with One, Invent for Many is a collection of experiments that started by working with one person to make something impactful for them and their community.

If you’re working on a project that starts with one, you can share it here. What starts small can grow with exposure and impact many more people.  

Morse Code

Start with Tania Finlayson, Invent for anyone who uses Morse Code for input

Since childhood, inventor Tania Finlayson has been using morse code to communicate. Knowing that this method can be helpful to many others, she partnered with Google to make it available on all of Android keyboards. 

Building on Tania's work, game designers, coders and kids came together for a hackathon at the Adaptive Design Association to build games with Morse. You can also expand on the project with open source examples.

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Community Keijiban コミュニティー掲示板

Start with Yamayuri Club of Wakabadai, Invent for older adults to utilize voice technology

The members of the Yamayuri Club of Wakabadai danchi wanted to find a better way to stay connected with each other. They were inspired by the notice boards, or “keijiban,” around their danchi to create an Action that would help them keep track of and remember their activities.
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Seeing Music

Start with Jay Alan Zimmerman, Invent for anyone who wants to experience music visually

Musician Jay Alan Zimmerman has developed a way of experiencing sounds and music for himself and others who are hard of hearing. His Seeing Music tool is now being used by music teachers – students with hearing disabilities, and by vocal teachers.  

If you’d like to build your own accessible web projects, we’ve assembled a set of accessible web components for you to get started. 

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Sound Canvas
by Kearney-Volpe / Miele / Phillips / Pereira
A simple drawing tool that works through both sight and sound.
Clarion Lite
by OpenUp Music & Use All Five
An expressive, adaptable musical instrument in your web browser.

Teachable Machine

Start with Steve Saling, Invent for anyone who needs a more personalized way of interacting with computers

Steve Saling is an inventor who created an automated home for himself and others with ALS. He’s now training his own machine learning models to trigger various commands. The idea is to allow more people to regain the ability to communicate and control their environment. 

You can learn more about this ongoing research project, and also stay tuned for open source code which will be included in the upcoming release of Teachable Machine.  
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More info

What is a Start with One project?

Any project where a maker has worked together with one person to make something impactful for them and/or their community. Impact here is not only about the practical. Joy, discovery, and play can also make a difference in people’s lives. 

What do these projects have in common?

Many of the projects built in this spirit share a few common threads:

-They provide real impact for at least one person

-They start small and scrappy

-They result from deep collaborations

Is this only about accessibility?

Not at all. While some Start with One projects are related to accessibility, other ones have involved dancers and older adults in Japan, amongst other communities.

Does my project have to scale to qualify?

No. Even if your project is impactful for only one person, we’d love to see it featured on this site - perhaps the exposure will help it scale 🌱.

How do I find my one to collaborate with?

All around you! There are probably dozens of people or communities around you (your neighbors, your school, your family, your co-workers etc.) who you can work with to spark innovation.

Who are you starting with?

If you’re building something together with one person or community, we would love to hear your own Start with ______ project.

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Community Keijiban コミュニティー掲示板

by Toaster
A voice-powered notice board designed by the members of the Wakabadai danchi

Sound Canvas

by Kearney-Volpe / Miele / Phillips / Pereira
A simple drawing tool that works through both sight and sound.

Clarion Lite

by OpenUp Music & Use All Five
An expressive, adaptable musical instrument in your web browser.

Seeing Music

by Jay Alan Zimmerman
Experience music visually.

Notable Women

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Morse Typing Trainer for Gboard

by Tania Finlayson, Use all Five and Google Creative Lab
A fun little web app to help you learn Morse code on Gboard.

Morse + WaveNet Starter Code

by Jane Friedhoff and Use All Five
Demo web app that showcases the power of Morse code + AI.
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