We #MakeHealth Fest 2015
11 am - 6 pm, Sunday, October 25th, 2015
University of Michigan
We are excited to announce the 2nd annual We #MakeHealth Fest at the University of Michigan, which is a collaborative event focused on participatory design, innovation, and the creation of a Maker Movement for health. We invite you to share your projects and creations as an exhibitor or a presenter, or to just come and be inspired by the community in the room and our keynote speakers Susannah Fox, Chief Technology Officer of the US Department of Health and Human Services, and Jose Gomez-Marquez and Anna Young of the Little Devices Lab and MakerNurse.
What is Making?
“Making is fundamental to what it means to be human. We must make, create, and express ourselves to feel whole. There is something unique about making physical things. Things we make are like little pieces of us and seem to embody portions of our soul.” -Mark Hatch
Traditionally, makers are inventors, designers, tinkerers, and computer hackers who develop creative technology solutions. They share their knowledge and technologies with other community members in peer-to-peer learning environments like meet-ups, makerspaces, or large community events.
What is the link between Making and Health?
In the arena of health, patients and caregivers are doing their own version of “making”. Caregivers are hacking kitchen tools to ease the physical burden of caring for an elderly parent; parents of kids with type 1 diabetes are developing Do-It-Yourself mobile technology solutions for remote monitoring of blood sugars; and parents of children with rare diseases are creating rare disease research networks and therapies using social media tools.
“Making” and collaboration by patients and caregivers has resulted in the creation of some of the most innovative health solutions today:
To fix healthcare, we need to infuse it with the maker movement
That is why we are holding this event: to learn about new tools and technologies (wearables, 3D printers, mobile technology) that could be applied to health, to connect with a diverse group of individuals (designers, programmers, tinkerers, patients, caregivers, and healthcare providers), and to create a movement that recognizes that we all can should and want to be MAKERS of health, especially expert patients and caregivers.
Susannah Fox, Chief Technology Officer of HHS
Susannah Fox is the Chief Technology Officer of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS). She is responsible for helping HHS leadership harness the power of data, technology, and innovation to improve the health and welfare of the nation. Together with the IDEA Lab team, she creates opportunities for entrepreneurship across the HHS workforce.
Jose Gomez-Marquez, Director, MIT Little Devices Lab
Jose Gomez-Marquez directs the Little Devices Lab at MIT’s International Design Centre and the Institute for Medical Engineering and Science at MIT. The group aims to lower barriers to medical prototyping by bringing the worlds of health and making together. The lab’s recent initiatives include the MakerNurse Project, a Robert Wood Johnson Foundation supported initiative to harness and discover the stealth ingenuity of nurse making around the country.
Anna Young, Co-Founder Maker Nurse
MakerNurse co-founder Anna Young works from a fundamental belief that, with the right tools, everyday people can use their own ingenuity to create devices that heal. Anna and her team at MIT’s Little Devices Lab have applied years of global experience with the Maker Movement to bring rapid prototyping tools into hospital units to enhance the natural, do-it-yourself problem solving abilities of nurses. These Medical Maker Spaces allow providers to work alongside patients to create DIY health technology solutions for more customized and affordable care. MakerNurse uses Create, a virtual community, for transfer of knowledge among these healthcare makers.
The Nightscout Project, Patient-Driven Innovation, & the Maker Movement
9:30 am - 12 pm, Monday, October 26th, 2015
University of Michigan
More details coming soon!
Since this is an open and collaborative event, there are multiple ways for you to join us to #makehealth! Last year’s inaugural event brought together nearly 300 attendees, presenters and exhibitors with local and national media coverage, read more about #MakeHealth 2014. This year will also be a collaborative and free event for the community passionate about health, technology, and participatory design: truly a one-of-a-kind experience for the community to learn and connect! We'll be featuring speakers, hands-on learning opportunities, and health innovators exhibiting their talents and technologies.
Host a Booth and/or Give a Presentation, fill out the application to be an exhibitor or presenter: http://bit.ly/makehealthexhibitor2015
Volunteer, to help the day of the event: http://bit.ly.makehealthvolunteer2015
Spread the word, download our press kit: http://bit.ly/makehealthpress2015
Register to attend: coming soon!
2015 Planning Committee
Matt Kenyon, Associate Professor, University of Michigan Stamps School of Art and Design
Joyce Lee, Associate Professor, University of Michigan Medical School/School of Public Health
Scott Olson, Managing Director, M-PED Pediatric Device Consortium at University of Michigan
Emily Puckett Rodgers, Entrepreneurship Program Leader, University of Michigan School of Information
Patricia Abbott, Associate Professor, University of Michigan School of Nursing
Patricia F Anderson, Emerging Technologies Librarian, University of Michigan
Nancy Benovich Gilby, Ehrenberg Director of Entrepreneurship, Clinical Associate Professor, University of Michigan School of Information
Sean Doolan, Masters Candidate, University of Michigan School of Public Health
Emily Hirschfeld, Clinical Research Associate, University of Michigan Health System
This event is possible thanks to the generous support of our sponsors!