We #MakeHealth Fest 2015

11 am - 6 pm, Sunday, October 25th, 2015

University of Michigan

Palmer Commons

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 government, 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. 

Keynote SPeakers

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

North Quad

This symposium will feature results from Nightscout Research projects and panel discussions with a multidisciplinary group of academics and Nightscout community members.  

Call for Sponsors!

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.

We are looking for sponsors and/or in-kind donors for the event and ask for your consideration. We appreciate your reply to makehealth@umich.edu. We would love to further discuss your sponsorship and partnership.  

PRESENTING Sponsorship $10,000 1 AVAILABLE

This exclusive presenting sponsor becomes a full-partner in the production and promotion of the Symposium. Presenting sponsor benefits include ALL platinum benefits, plus:

  • Upgrade to prominent recognition as the sole Presenting Sponsor through logo placement on all promotional materials (print, signage, electronic boards, website)
  • Advisory Board participation for a key executive

PLATINUM Sponsorship$5,000 2 AVAILABLE

ALL Silver benefits, plus:

  • Prominent recognition as one of two Platinum sponsors through logo placement on all promotional materials (print, signage, electronic boards, website)
  • Leadership recognition through speaking opportunity at the Symposium
  • Breakfast with Keynote speakers and HealthDesignBy.Us leadership team on October 26, 2015 or a mutually convenient date
  • Acknowledgment during the Symposium’s opening remarks
  • Name and logo on all electronic boards
  • Name and logo in the Symposium program
  • Acknowledgment on the website and event’s social media

SILVER Sponsorship$1,000 OPEN

  • Acknowledgment by session’s panel moderator
  • Name and logo on all electronic boards
  • Name and logo in the Symposium program
  • Acknowledgment on the website and event’s social media

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