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“There’s Magic in the Air”: The #MakeHealth Speakers

Reposted from Health Design By Us.

Make Health meetings, encounters, stuff

I’m so excited! Does it show? All week, every dream I remember having has been about the We Make Health Fest. One of them last night was about writing this blogpost today, and titling it “There’s Magic in the Air.” So, that’s what I’m doing.

Today, I just want to whet your appetites a little by showing you a few videos I found by or about some of our speakers. You will have already seen our video (created by the fantastic and generous Andrew Maynard). Most of these are on different topics, so they won’t actually give away what they’re going to say. Some of them might surprise! (Hint: There is some singing.) It does give you a bit of the flavor of some of the incredible people who’ve agreed to share their creativity and diversity at #MakeHealth. It really is going to be magical, I believe. And who knows? Maybe it will give you ideas for other questions to ask them when you meet them.


20131117 IgniteA2 8 talk#9-George Albercook – Elem Students Generate Clean Renewable Electricity


Bring Him Home, John Costik – July 2014


20110209-IgniteA2-talk 13 – Linda Diane Feldt – Urban Beekeeping


Helping a child cope with a long hospitalization


José Gómez Márquez – Stanford Medicine X 2013


Social Media and Science Communication (Media140 presentaton, April 2011, Brisbane AU)


Brandon McNaughton Entrepreneurship Hour Talk [Compilation]



Direct Link to Full Schedule (Speakers and Exhibitors!):

Please attend the We Make Health Fest and follow @makehealthUM and @healthbyus for updates! Register via in order to receive the complimentary lunch!

Who Is Making Health Here? #makehealth

Reposted from Health Design By Us: Who is Making Health Here? #makehealth; Find out about the health-makers you’ll meet on Saturday!

We Make Health Fest (University of Michigan)

When we started planning this, more than once Joyce told me, “Hey, I’ll be happy if five people show up.” Well, we did a lot of talking, had a lot of meetings, asked people to spread the word, and … the resulting response has been beyond our WILDEST dreams! Since this is our first time, we wanted to keep this as open as possible, and create as many opportunities for people to be involved as we could. Exhibitors are timesharing booths and tables. Speakers are doing mostly pecha kucha style 5-minute presentations. We didn’t want to say “no” to anyone! So if you say you’re a maker and wanted to be involved, we did our darnedest to try to fit you in somewhere. So who all will you find if you come? Here’s how you find out.

On our website:

Direct link to the full speaker and exhibitor schedule as a downloadable PDF:

We also are in the process of adding the schedule into Lanyrd.

Lanyrd: We Make Health Fest: Schedule

Lanyrd has an app, if you want to use it during the event.

Lanyrd apps: Android | iPhone | Mobile Web | Open Web

Or you can simply read on!


10:30am Joyce Lee / Welcome
10:35am Jose Gomez-Marquez / Keynote
11:05am John Costik / Keynote: Hacking Diabetes
11:35am Andrew Maynard / Color My Poop Beautiful, and Other Tales of Tech Derring Do
11:55 Makers the Movie
1:05pm Matt Christensen / Linnetic: A Better Way to Monitor Asthma
1:10pm Nanci and Eilah Nanney / GREAT Gluten-Free Kitchens!
1:15pm Marc Stephens / Tech-Savvy Fitness
1:25pm Jane Berliss-Vincent / The iPad as Resuscitation Device: Notes on Assistive Tech in the Hospital Environment
1:35pm Linda Diane Feldt / There is a Free Lunch: Wildcrafting and Foraging for Food and Medicine
1:45pm Kris Kullgren / Mott Kids4Kids: Utilizing Peer Education Videos at Bedside and Beyond
1:55pm Amer Abughaida / A Manual Stair-Climbing Wheelchair
2:00pm Duane Mackey / Open Source Mosquito Trap
2:05pm Brandon McNaughton / Kitchen-Table Diagnostics with Glass Microbubbles
2:10pm James Rampton / Learning Health System – Consumer Application
2:20pm Irene Knokh / Free Educational Resources: MERLOT and beyond!
2:25pm Mike Lee / Demonstration of World Possible’s Remote Areas Community Hotspots for Education and Learning (RACHEL) Project
2:35pm Sandy Merkel / The Poke Program
2:45pm Harpreet Singh / Communication Box: Flip the Health Care Culture by T.R.U.M.P. Technique
2:55pm Michael Flynn / Fostering a sense of community in hospital lobbies with interactive public art
3:00pm Gary Olthoff / EZCarryBed Mattress Carrier Handle
3:05pm George Albercook / DIY Hearing Aids – A Model MakeHealth
3:15pm Pete Wendel / Games and User Interface Design: Thinking Differently to Affect Elderly Quality of Life
3:25pm Lia Min / In My Spectrum: A Comic about Autism Desktop
3:35pm Shawn O’Grady / 3D Printing and Rapid Prototyping
3:40pm George Albercook / Makers Answer the Call
3:45pm AJ Montpetit / Disrupting Health Care
3:55pm PF Anderson / Personalized Genomics and Closing Remarks


10am – 12pm A Free Generator of Health Risk Graphics
Linnetic: A Better Way to Monitor Asthma
Type 1 Diabetes

10am – 1pm
Building Capacity for the Ann Arbor Sharing Economy
National Foundation for Celiac Awareness — GREAT Kitchens!
We Make Health Stories

10am – 2pm
Cardboard Challenge: #makehealth
Kitchen-Table Diagnostics with Glass Microbubbles

10am – 3pm
The Poke Program

11am – 12pm
Free Educational Resources: MERLOT and Beyond

12pm – 2pm
A Manual Stair-Climbing Wheelchair
Demonstration of World Possible’s Remote Areas Community Hotspots for Education and Learning (RACHEL) Project
Hacking Diabetes
Learning Health System – Consumer Application

1pm – 4pm
Michigan Engineered for All Libes (M-HEAL)

2pm – 4pm
Open Source Mosquito Trap

Using Twitter to Counteract Hype, Part 2 – Hashtags of the Week (HOTW): (Week of August 11, 2014)

CDC Combats Ebola Hype with Twitter Chat August 8, 2014

Last week, I showed you some of the ways in which the healthcare community is using Twitter to combat hype and misinformation about Ebola. This week there is a more specific example of the same idea — how the Centers for Disease Control scheduled a Twitter chat to answer questions in public for clinicians and healthcare providers about the Ebola outbreak in Africa.

There are some surprises in this collection. Some surprising questions, some surprising answers, and sometimes the surprise is in who is doing the answering. The conversation around bleach is especially interesting. Also, notice who is retweeting what the CDC says. This is a small sampling, but many many people passing along the information, and this is important for spreading the word.



First posted the the THL blog:

Making Health by Design with Everyone! (#makehealth)

Reposted from Health Design By Us

We Make Health Fest Flickr Group
We Make Health Fest: Flickr Group:

We’ve been busy. And it shows. It’s TIME! This is the last week before our first inaugural We Make Health Fest! We keep adding new information to the website, almost daily. Today it was the speaker list and agenda. Tomorrow perhaps the exhibitor list? Who knows.

What I can tell you is that it is amazing. There are so many exceptional people coming to show or tell about such fascinating projects. The Open Source Mosquito Trap? It’s August. I need one of those! The wheelchair that climbs stairs? I was talking about it at the local Farmers Market, to someone who knows those people already! The comic book about autism? It turns out there is more than one person around town working on projects along those lines. Maybe they can meet each other at the festival. I hope so.

I hope that many different kinds of people come to the fest and meet each other. I hope that meeting each other helps people find solutions to problems, and helps people find interesting challenges on which they can collaborate. That is my “secret” reason behind all of this. I want to see people discover each other and help each other.

A little before Joyce and I started talking about the idea of this project, I was reading a book that was saying many of the same kinds of things, but much more eloquently. The book was Design for care: innovating healthcare experience by Peter Jones. He talked a lot about getting everyone at the table for making healthcare a better experience and a better place. He also talked about how can we use the principles of good design to connect people, process, and outcomes. Here’s just one of the quotes that particularly inspired me.

“A user-centered perspective risks isolating a single aspect of use and interaction, when nearly everything involves more than one of the primary participants: consumers, patients, and clinicians. If we take an empathic view, it becomes clear that users and even patients are names of impersonal convenience.” Jone PH. Design for care: innovating healthcare experience. Brooklyn, NY: Rosenfeld Media, (c)2013, p.viii.

It’s true, isn’t it? We have all these names for roles of people involved in different parts of the process of giving and getting healthcare. Doctor, patient, and nurse are just a very few, but even those few carry a lot of assumptions and emotional baggage that sometimes get in the road of making change. When you get down to it, we are ALL part of the process. Making it better, making it work, is going to take all of us. Hopefully, the We Make Health Fest will contribute in some small way to getting many perspectives around the questions and challenges, and to connecting many voices in a broad open conversation about what we can do, each and every one of us, to make health better not just for ourselves, but for our neighbors, communities, and beyond.

This week, each day, we’ll try to add a little more information about the event, share a bit more about what to expect, introduce a few of the folk you might see at the event, and perhaps contribute a few provocative thoughts to inspire. It’s a We Make Health kind of week, after all. Who would you like to meet? Who would you like to help?

To Folks in SE Michigan: Help Us With #MakeHealth

We Make Health Fest #MakeHealth
We Make Health Fest:

I don’t know if you’ve checked out the website recently, but it keeps changing.

We have great keynote speakers:
José 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!

We are showing a movie (don’t know if there will be popcorn, but I hope so).

Maker, the Movie (Screenshot)
Maker the Movie:

We have OUR OWN video, made by the incredible Andrew Maynard! Watch it, and share it, please!

We #makehealth Fest- August 16th!

We have a blog:

We have a DIY app contest that is do-able by anyone from kids to seniors.

The speaker list has been finalized, and those of you who are speaking should either receive a notice soon or may have already received a notice. Ditto for exhibitors. REMEMBER our mantra – SHOW+TELL+DO: Connect your booth or demo or talk to health and personal empowerment, and make booths/demos interactive with something people can take home and do themselves. If you are having trouble thinking of how to do that, talk to me and we can brainstorm a bit.

We have a PRESS KIT, and hope you will help us spread the word! Can you print and post signs around your office or department? Do you know a business owner who might put one in their window? Can you share the word at your church or grocery store or barber? Does your school or location have those monitors or wall panels that show slides?

The Press Kit includes a text description, and the poster as a PDF, a PNG, and a powerpoint slide.

Press Kit:

The event is getting media attention. We have been informed by a couple publications that they are sending or may send reporters. Pre-event articles, interviews, and blogposts are being posted at our Twitter account (@MakeHealthUM), hashtag (#MakeHealth), and Google Plus Community (+MakeHealthUM).

If you aren’t speaking or exhibiting, there are other ways you can volunteer or participate.

– Sign up as a volunteer on our website (there are things for which we still need help!)
– Blog about the event, talk it up, send email to your listservs for local community people, post on Facebook, Instagram, Pinterest, whatever you are using.
– Take pictures / audio / video of the event, and post them online with the hashtag and a Creative Commons license, so we can edit them together after the event into cool overviews of what happened, and make promos for outreach for next year’s event.
– TWEET. We need livetweeters for the presentations. I don’t know if we’ll be able to get a sign language interpreter for the deaf, so tweeting may be an alternate way to provide access for persons with hearing loss. I will probably be in a booth and couldn’t do the whole day anyway, but for livetweeting, more people definitely makes it better.

Many thanks! This would never have happened without you all!

Learn about Making, 2: Videos

Reblogged from Health Design By Us

We #makehealth Fest- August 16th!

Here’s more on learning about making, today with videos! I started writing this post talking about how to find videos about making and #makehealth to learn more about them, and then Andrew Maynard was inspired to make a RiskBites-style video for us!!! Can you tell I’m excited? I refrained from more than three exclamation points. So, please, watch our video first (it’s short), but the rest of the post is about videos by other people about making.


Maker, the Movie (Screenshot)
Maker, the Movie:

Last week I talked about the summer camp and the online course. If you dug into those you would have probably found their videos! There are a lot more, however, and there is even a MOVIE about the maker movement, and we are going to show it over the lunch hour at our event. It is going to be great!

Below you will find a sampling of videos illustrating some of the range of what’s available on the topic of making. Included are both general making and health making, finding good Youtube Channels, persons, “topics”, and project examples. In each category, I’ll try to highlight at least one and then give links to more in each category.


Maker learning events NOW

First a few videos from the groups highlighted last week.

The Google Science Fair just had a Google Hangout with last year’s winner, Eric Chen. Eric’s project was: “Computer-aided Discovery of Novel Influenza Endonuclease Inhibitors to Combat Flu Pandemic.”

Come Hangout On Air with the 2013 Grand Prize Winner of Google Science Fair!

The MOOC course on Tinkering? They not only had a brief video to introduce the idea of the class, with more videos and tutorials in the class, but then had Hangouts during the source, all of which are archived online.

Fundamentals of Tinkering (Screenshot)
Fundamentals of Tinkering

Tinkering Studio (Channel):
Tinkering Fundamentals: Week One Hangout
Tinkering Fundamentals Integrating Making Activities into Your STEM Classroom

Make Magazine (Screenshot)MakerFaire Videos (Screenshot)

The Maker Camp people also have their own video channel, with interviews and archived Hangouts. Not only do they have the Maker Camp videos, but also the Maker Faire videos, AND individual projects from Make Magazine. I was surprised to find that they ALSO have some video from these various maker sources included in the channel for their sister publication CraftZine.

CraftZine (Screenshot)

Maker Camp: Blasting Off with Buzz Aldrin and NASA


Adam Savage's TESTED (Screenshot)Household Hacker (Screenshot)

Adam Savage: Tested:
Google Science Fair:
Household Hacker:
Maker Magazine:
Maker Faire:
Tinkering Studio:


Hacking Health (Screenshot)NIH 3D Print Exchange (Screenshot)

Some of these channels are people talking about things they’ve learned how to do. Other are from organizations, even ones like NIH or the NHS (UK). Some of them are kind of conservative, while others are edgy, or even risky. (For example, I was a little floored when I saw a video on how to remove magnetized sensors from under your skin.) One of my favorites is the new service from NIH for people sharing tips and tricks with 3D printing. Some of these people have gotten so good at what they are doing they have become consultants and are selling their services for training, so you might see advertisements. Despite that, these are just a small selection of the various types of people and organizations sharing information about tools and techniques for improving your own health (beyond diet and exercise).

21 Convention:
Bulletproof Executive:
FAB Research:
Hack Cancer:
Hack Health Day 2012:
Maarten den Braber:
Manuel Corpas:
NIH 3D Print Exchange:
NHS: Open Data Platform Hack:
Official Simpleology:
Personal Genomes Org:
Personal Genomics Institute:
Quantified Self & Biohacking Finland:
Quantified Self Labs:
Seth Bordenstein:
Yohanan Winogradsky:


Ellen Jorgensen: Biohacking — you can do it, too:

You probably already know that you can subscribe on Youtube to follow the videos of a particular user, but did you know that you can also subscribe to follow specific topics? Here are just a few I’ve selected to highlight topics related to making health, as well as tools and techniques often used by people interested in taking charge of their own health.

Topic: 23andMe:
Topic: Activity Tracker:
Topic: Biohacking:
Topic: Digital Health:
Topic: e-Patient:
Topic: Gut flora:
Topic: Human Microbiome:
Topic: Life logging:
Topic: Microbiome:
Topic: Patients Like Me:
Topic: Personal genomics:
Topic: Personalized medicine:
Topic: Quantified Self:
Topic: Shared decision making:
Topic: Synthetic Biology:
Topic: Wearable Computer:
Topic: Wearable Technology:


Beautifully Disgusting E Coli

Here are just a few randomly selected examples of individual videos on projects. If you come up with an idea for something you want to try, maybe someone else has already done it, and you don’t have to completely make it from scratch! The search box may be your friend, you never know until you look.

Adam Savage’s One Day Builds: Custom Multi-Tool Belt Holster:
Bulletproof Executive: Podcast #140 – Hacking Memory and Focus with Mattias Ribbing – Bulletproof Executive Radio:
HouseholdHacker: Beautifully Disgusting E Coli:
Outfitting the Kitchen – Still Untitled: The Adam Savage Project – 7/8/2014:
Personal Cooling Unit:
Pollution Shirt Senses Foul Air:
Weekend Projects – Non-Contact Voltage Detector:
Weekend Projects – “Raspberry Eye” Remote Servo Cam:

Using Twitter to Counteract Hype (#Ebola) – Hashtags of the Week (HOTW): (Week of August 4, 2014)

Ebola virionsEbola virus particles
From Wikimedia Commons: Ebola virions; Ebola virus particles

In the last week, I don’t think there has been a moment when the trending hashtags display on my Twitter page has NOT listed “Ebola.” This is in part due to the attention resulting from two American healthcare providers having been infected with the Ebola virus while providing care, and partly also from the newest update from WHO on the outbreak in West Africa, which lists over 1500 cases and almost 900 deaths. People are panicking, and the press is going wild. This is a great opportunity to show how healthcare professionals and the broader healthcare Twitter community is using the #Ebola hashtag to help alleviate concerns and moderate anxiety, by providing informed balanced reliable information. Each of the tweets included in this post is considered a popular tweet which has already been retweeted several times and/or favorited by people reading the tweet. If you want to help calm things down, you might consider retweeting or sharing some of these popular tweets on the topic.

lores Ebola Zaire CDC Photo
From Wikimedia Commons: Ebola case #3, 1976

Reposted from THL Blog: