We Make Health Fest

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We Make Health Fest

Saturday, August 16th, 2014

10 am-4 pm

University of Michigan

Palmer Commons, Great Lakes Rooms

A collaborative event for a local and virtual community passionate about health, technology, and participatory design. Join us for a full day of health themed design and maker activities for the whole family!


This is an event focused on health, technology, and participatory (patient-centered) design, that will take place at University of Michigan. We are inviting a large diverse community of participants from within and outside the University of Michigan.

The event will be PARTICIPATORY, so although there is an organizing committee, the purpose is for the COMMUNITY to share their personal stories, Do-It-Yourself Technologies, and creations for managing health. We plan to have booths, speakers, and demonstrations. Hit the participate button below if you want to share your work!

We welcome a diverse group of individuals at the event: Patients, Health care Providers, Artists, Designers, Parents, Kids, Techies, Engineers, Makers, Tinkerers, Scientists, Advocates, Researchers, Administrators, Business/Community Partners, Public Health Professionals...YOU?

Keynote Speakers

We are delighted to announce our keynote speakers for the event:

Jose Gomez Marquez from the Little Devices Lab at MIT and John Costik, type 1 diabetes hacker, father, community collaborator, and innovator for the #wearenotwaiting movement! What can we say, this event is going to be awesome!

Makers the Movie Screening

We are also excited to report that we will be holding a screening of "Maker", a feature-length documentary on the Maker Movement and its impact on society, culture and economy in the US during the fest.

Full Speaker and Exhibitor Schedule!

We have a jam-packed schedule with a diverse range of speakers and exhibitors! Download it here!


Here's How You Can Join Us!

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If you want to participate, by presenting (talk or demonstration), having a booth, volunteering or helping with the event, or sponsoring the event click the button below (There is NO fee to present or exhibit):


If you plan to attend the event, please REGISTER here:

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Jose is doing a small workshop on Friday the 15th as well, so please let us know if you would like to attend that event as well!


The event will held on the 4th Floor of Palmer Commons in the Great Lakes Rooms at the University of Michigan

100 Washtenaw Avenue
University of Michigan Campus
Ann Arbor, MI 48109
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Parking is available off Palmer Drive. The Parking structure on the weekends is open to all visitors (including non-UM faculty and staff).

Ground Level Entrance:
Palmer Commons ground level entrance is on right (North) side of Palmer Drive. Cross street at Washtenaw Ave. crosswalk.

Accessible Entrance:
Proceed towards the East Elevators and follow the signs that list Palmer Commons (there are 3 sets of elevators in the structure, east, north and south).
In the elevator, push the PL Level (Plaza Level) and exit onto the outdoor plaza near the Life Science Institute entrance. Continue across the outdoor plaza to Palmer Commons; Glass House Cafe sign is visible in the vestibule window.




Joyce Lee, Associate Professor, University of Michigan Medical School/School of Public Health,

Matt Kenyon, Associate Professor, University of Michigan Stamps School of Art and Design

Emily Hirschfeld, Clinical Research Associate, University of Michigan Health System

Patricia Anderson Emerging Technologies Librarian, University of Michigan,

Nancy Benovich Gilby, Ehrenberg Director of Entrepreneurship, Clinical Associate Professor, University of Michigan School of Information

Scott Olson, Managing Director, Medical Pediatric Device Consortium, University of Michigan,

Emily Puckett Rodgers, Special Projects Librarian, University of Michigan,

Sean Doolan, Master of Health Informatics Candidate, Research Associate, University of Michigan Schools of Public Health and Information

More Event Information

Make Health Fest Twitter account: @MakeHealthUM
Make Health Fest Twitter account: Google Plus Community

Click the button below for the press kit:

Press Kit

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Volunteer can't wait to meet you! is a community of individuals (patients, doctors, makers, artists, designers, researchers, professors, students, advocates) passionate about health, technology, and participatory design. As a collective, we have been actively involved in a broad range of activities to promote patient-centered design, the use of emerging technologies like mobile technology and social media, and the notion that we as a community (both local and virtual) should be part of the creation and promotion of health. We have been supported by generous awards from the Provost office of the University, the Brehm Investigator's Fund, and the Charles Woodson Research Fund.

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