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Careables - Hardware for Healthcare

Room 1.61-1.62, 04/12/2018 (17:00-17:45)

Digital fabrication labs and maker spaces have emerged across the globe in recent years to become local community hubs for a wide range of Do It Yourself-activities. In parallel, open source information and tools have triggered grassroots solutions in healthcare. Patients, their families, carers, health professionals and designers started to create personalised ‘open’ healthcare solutions in a bottom-up way. Within Made4You, an international innovation project, we aim to link local communities of citizens with disabilities, their families, and healthcare professionals with makers/designers to establish collaboration between these separate communities to develop open-source interventions: Careables.

Careables are driven by a methodological commitment towards co-design of ‘open’ healthcare solutions, involving all relevant stakeholders. Key to co-design is that people become creators, not only users of innovation. In our case, patients, their families, healthcare professionals and designers are involved in the co-design process as experts in their specific environments, together with makers, who are experts in the use of digital tools, such as 3D printers, laser cutters, etc.

We propose a networking session where we want to bring together the different stakeholders (users, makers, donors, healthcare professionals) and initiate co-ideation processes for the future of Careables.

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Organised by: Barbara KIESLINGER (Centre for Social Innovation - ZSI, Technology & Knowledge, Austria)

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