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#MakeHealth RETURNS!

Make Health Fest 2015

We are gearing up for this year’s repeat of the fantastic Make Health event, a maker event themed around healthcare.

Make Health Fest: http://makehealth.us/
(Pssst! Check out #MakeHealth on Twitter)

This year (THIS WEEKEND!!), MakeHealth is a two-day event, with presentations split onto two different days, and booths and demos on Sunday. Check the schedule carefully to not miss something you want to see.

FESTIVAL: Make Health Fest: 11 am – 6 pm, Sunday, October 25th, 2015
SYMPOSIUM: The Nightscout Project, Patient-Driven Innovation, & the Maker Movement: 9:30 am – 12 pm, Monday, October 26th, 2015

This year we have been recruiting some awesome campus and community partners (and the list is still growing!). We are also seeking volunteers of all sorts (and you can volunteer to help at the website). We ESPECIALLY need people to do social media stuff, write up the event wherever you post, livetweet presentations and displays, take pics, help us make the event come alive for those who can’t get here. And if anyone is able and willing to livestream or Periscope, that is another thing we’d love to do (and get requests for) but which hasn’t happened yet. People who volunteer officially get cool swag, so it’s worth signing up as well as just doing it!

If you ARE a presenter, feel free to recruit one of your friends to videotape you and put it up online, but being sensitive to those in the audience who may be less thrilled about being on camera.

We are really excited about this year’s highlights and keynotes:

Susannah Fox was the health lead at the Pew Internet and American Life Project, and is now Chief Technology Officer of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS). Whoa. Susannah’s ideas of what qualifies as technology tend toward the broad side. That broad definition makes it easier for her to be absolutely as excited about what makers and real people are doing as much so (if not more) than what professional geeks are doing.

We also have Jose Gomez-Marquez, Director, MIT Little Devices Lab, and Anna Young of Maker Nurse. More information forthcoming about presentations on the patient-led movement to overhaul life with diabetes (a.k.a. the NightScout Project), which you may have noticed under the hashtags #WeAreNotWaiting, #CGMinTheCloud, #DIYPS, #NightScout, #OpenAPS, and probably more.

It promises to be a fantastic event, and we would love your help and participation. If you want to take a look at just how fantastic it was last year, you can do that here.

We #MakeHealth Fest 2014: http://makehealth.us/2014

Learn about Making, 2: Videos

Reblogged from Health Design By Us

We #makehealth Fest- August 16th! https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QxWMpCMInNA

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: http://makerthemovie.com

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! https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=E5CezSabRTA

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 http://vimeo.com/92558395

Tinkering Studio (Channel): https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCtx1xfSh01cJ8WYsFeKt7RQ
Tinkering Fundamentals: Week One Hangout https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Iad280GF_rk
Tinkering Fundamentals Integrating Making Activities into Your STEM Classroom https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zvDd1rwxRJU

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 https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7CDwz-bZtBc


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

Adam Savage: Tested: https://www.youtube.com/user/testedcom
Google Science Fair: https://www.youtube.com/user/GoogleScienceFair
Household Hacker: https://www.youtube.com/user/HouseholdHacker
Maker Magazine: https://www.youtube.com/user/makemagazine
Maker Faire: https://www.youtube.com/user/MakerFaireVideo
Tinkering Studio: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCtx1xfSh01cJ8WYsFeKt7RQ


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: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCuErSr7xeR763BzTJL7yJ7A
Bulletproof Executive: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC1Aq3T1GmKcObLqo1YIU_Ww
DIYbioNYC: https://www.youtube.com/user/DIYbioNYC
FAB Research: https://www.youtube.com/user/FABResearch
GrindHouseWetWares: https://www.youtube.com/user/grindhousewetwares
Hack Cancer: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC54gHiExrTiTPQuvb7MuRYA
Hack Health Day 2012: https://www.youtube.com/user/healthhackday2012
Maarten den Braber: https://www.youtube.com/user/mdbraber
Manuel Corpas: https://www.youtube.com/user/manuelcorpas2
microBEnet: https://www.youtube.com/user/microBEnet
NIH 3D Print Exchange: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCNmPN3UVxRrKbgsxSIKFxzQ
NHS: Open Data Platform Hack: https://www.youtube.com/user/ODPhack
Official Simpleology: https://www.youtube.com/user/OfficialSimpleology
Personal Genomes Org: https://www.youtube.com/user/PersonalGenomesOrg
Personal Genomics Institute: https://www.youtube.com/user/pgiinfo
Quantified Self & Biohacking Finland: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCbwaE6GhLCmN3CiNgaXjfTw
Quantified Self Labs: https://www.youtube.com/user/quantifiedselflabs
Seth Bordenstein: https://www.youtube.com/user/sbordenstein
Yohanan Winogradsky: https://www.youtube.com/user/microbiome


Ellen Jorgensen: Biohacking — you can do it, too: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AWEpeW7Ojzs

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: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCOWtXjptyLopXxfhZDS5uNQ
Topic: Activity Tracker: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCPHw-0Y6vrHNhWZTrYQFnCg
Topic: Biohacking: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCKShU3O_v1o07Gy30tvdiAg
Topic: Digital Health: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UChAXVgotFdbmPw55UKRTUrw
Topic: e-Patient: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCxq1ua3HKlDlaXyE7pWTwaQ
Topic: Gut flora: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCeEHjg6NKgv_LWqw1StKuxQ
Topic: Human Microbiome: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCORCj6yiQvXqAqy8h5kD8UA
Topic: Life logging: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCw-8rJiO84hyglLzs0ioLlw
Topic: Microbiome: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCFjMxsa7J9h_X0_tt5kkCBQ
Topic: Patients Like Me: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCn-TkpPlBPaQfStmYc7c3_A
Topic: Personal genomics: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCmpW3xCzFPTz5CCLgQdrPbw
Topic: Personalized medicine: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCkivXFgjqMrNi38P9LPH1lw
Topic: Quantified Self: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCUwK10M7andc8qcjk1171ug
Topic: Shared decision making: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCOLP8MoklY9nkNLLgkEcuwg
Topic: Synthetic Biology: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCwYKhJVNj4D6tQjArn-Odtg
Topic: Wearable Computer: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC1iTALBPyYMh6HcetVD8Txw
Topic: Wearable Technology: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCihxzUkujQoQzuM_aA4peJA


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: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Et-JvYrQ84o
Bulletproof Executive: Podcast #140 – Hacking Memory and Focus with Mattias Ribbing – Bulletproof Executive Radio: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SHuuwsUg2m0&list=UU1Aq3T1GmKcObLqo1YIU_Ww
HouseholdHacker: Beautifully Disgusting E Coli: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=X-Q8TIHbipQ
Outfitting the Kitchen – Still Untitled: The Adam Savage Project – 7/8/2014: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-U-whV93wBc&list=UUiDJtJKMICpb9B1qf7qjEOA
Personal Cooling Unit: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BeLa72oSf3c
Pollution Shirt Senses Foul Air: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UHEww6eX4wc
Weekend Projects – Non-Contact Voltage Detector: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tTxIR_jAEL4
Weekend Projects – “Raspberry Eye” Remote Servo Cam: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tSJ-sWEJ5EU

[#makehealth] Connecting Making (Hacking, Tinkering) to Health

GO-Tech Meeting at Maker WorksAnn Arbor Mini Maker Faire 2014Detroit Maker Faire 2013

So, you’re a Maker, Hacker, Tinkerer, Inventor, DIYer, Code Monkey, or all around Geek, and you think this #MakeHealth Fest sounds interesting and fun. You’re thinking of getting involved, BUT … (and it’s a big “but”) you’re not doing anything exactly, well, health-ish, not that you can think of, anyway. That’s why I’m writing this — just to show how some of these ‘traditional’ maker activities can connect to health projects, can help real people, if you want, in accessible real world ways. I wish I’d had time to make this into a lot of smaller posts, but we’re sending out the #makehealth call for participation next week, and I want all of you to think about how you could be involved or what you’d like to see when you come. You are coming, of course. 😉

3D printing

3d printer printing

I talk about 3d printing a lot. You know, Robohand, Project Daniel, babies with new tracheas, men with new faces, and more. But those are the exceptional examples that make the news. There are so many ways in which 3D printing is helping in more mundane ways. I had a shoulder and wrist injury and was having trouble opening jars. I found I could 3D print a jar lid gripper. Engineering students and physical therapy students at University of Detroit Mercy collaborated on designing better spoons (which they 3D printed). People are using 3D printing to repair broken equipment, make equipment clips to hold wires out of the road, practical things like that. Healthcare students have been using 3d printing to modify or adapt their stethoscopes. There are so many possibilities. It doesn’t have to be earth shattering to be a useful skill.

Arduino Uno, Beaglebone & Raspberry Pi

Raspberry pi

Arduino Uno, Beaglebone, and Raspberry Pi are inexpensive computing hardware, often used as controllers (microcontrollers) to get other equipment or objects to do something you want. They are incredible for assistive technologies! Something a person wants to do, perhaps used to do, but which is hard for them to do — is there a way you could design an inexpensive object to help them do it? Maybe remote control lights, sound, monitors? Connect them with sensors or trackers to do something when the input reaches a particular level.

How does this connect with health? Many ways. Firstly, most maker techniques and tools can be used as assistive technologies. Try searching any of these with the word(s) assistive or “assistive tech” or “assistive technology”, and you will find a flood of applications.

Google Search: (“Arduino Uno” OR Beaglebone OR “Raspberry Pi”) assistive

Secondly, connecting this to sensors automatically makes possible a wealth of applications in the area of the Quantified Self movement – tracking data about your self and/or home or environment with a goal of promoting and achieving personal health goals. These have been used for personal cardiac monitoring, tracking ECG and pulse rate, blood pressure; it can be used for other types of sensors — GPS, saline levels, alcohol levels, whatever sensors you have; to create a home sleep lab; managing data from mobile phone apps or GPS, such as exercise and calorie expenditure for weight loss; taking prescription meds on time; and much more. These are such inexpensive tools that they really lower the barrier to entry for many folk to get engaged in more hands-on tracking and management to match their personal goals.

Coding & Code-a-thon, Hackerspace & Hackathon

ImageJ Code Sample

The hardware isn’t much use without code to tell it what to do, so these seem like obvious connections. Everything mentioned in the prior section apply here. Because coding need not be device specific, these can have broader impact, tying in to larger computers, mobile devices, and the whole internet. This broader context makes possible doing things beyond the immediate home environment: tracking air quality issues, localized car emissions, and environmental pollution; customizing or personalizing uses of data from hospital equipment or medical records. This is such a huge idea that there are enormous numbers of events and spaces around the idea of coding for solving healthcare problems.

Google Search: (hackathon OR hackerspace OR hacking OR codathon OR codeathon) (healthcare OR health OR hospital OR quantified OR self)

Maybe you’ve already done some home-gown coding projects to help you in your own life, but you didn’t think of them as being about health as much as just life hacks. There is a lot of interest in those types of home-grown solutions (and finding partners to code ideas other folk have) for exactly those types of projects. Planning, sorting, self-organization, reminders are all skills critical to executive functioning (a psychology jargon term describing these skills). These types of tools and fixes are being used and sought heavily in communities with ADHD, autism-spectrum disorders, mild cognitive impairment, dementia, memory loss, and more. What was a simple life hack for you might turn out to be just what someone else has been looking for. If our brains all worked the same way, we could build one self-organization tool that would work for everyone. Because we are all different, we need many different types of tools, in the hope that one of them will work for that particular person who needs it. At events like this, people who need tools like this might discover people who can build them, or already have.

Or maybe you are someone who has been hacking together bits and pieces of things to track or monitor or solve things for your or a loved one, or is using services like YouTube or Twitter in interesting new ways, but you aren’t sure if we’d like to hear about it. Well, YES! We don’t have unlimited space so we can’t promise a space to everyone with an idea, but we will surely try our best and can’t try unless we hear about what ideas you have.


#UMSIMakerfest !!!

You might be surprised to find out that most makerspaces have some sort of sewing equipment and space. And you might not realize that sewing has much to do with health, aside from clinic robes and doctor/nurse uniforms. Well, there is a huge market in adaptive apparel, also called adaptive clothing. That’s just for starters.

Most of the adaptive clothing is focused on practical concerns, and sometimes people want to be attractive, too. There is a lot of room in the space of designing attractive and/or professional clothing that is easy to get in and out of for people with various abilities. The growing awareness of this is evident through recent fashion shows employing models with disabilities, and several projects focused on disability fashion.

Design and disability: fashion for wheelchair users

Disability Fashion: Does this wheelchair make my hips look big? Spinning in style! That’s how we roll …

The Disability Fashion Project

Fashion Without Borders Initiative

Stylishly Impaired — Well-Equipped Crips: disability, pop culture, fashion, technology.

For some people the concern is that they need help from someone else to get dressed, which presents one set of challenges. For other people, they have reduced mobility or strength or an injury, and need alterations to existing garment styles to be able to manage getting dressed on their own. Imagine not being able to get dressed by yourself, and you’ll quickly realize the importance of adaptive clothing for personal independence. I encountered this challenge myself last Fall when I had a shoulder injury. I had such little range of motion with my dominant arm that I could only get dressed with one hand. That meant I needed all front closures for all garments, and all garments needed to be (very) loose-fitting, but not so loose that they wouldn’t stay up. I had some clothes that fit the bill, but not the right mix to make for a practical work week wardrobe.

Whether with a temporary injury or a permanent health condition, the challenges of designing attractive and functional clothes presents some deeply intriguing opportunities for really creative people with some sewing skills. One of the most fascinating examples to me was of a coat for persons in wheelchairs. I was unaware that often they also have problems using their hands. The solution was to sew the coat with ‘mittens’ sewn onto the end of the sleeves, ones that could be zipped up when needed, and when not needed, unzipped and folded back to look like a cuff. How creative!

Wearable Technology

The Mystery of IdentityCool Toys Pic of the Day - Maker Movement Meets HealthcarePic of the day - Wearable Tech at #FoolMoon
Ann Arbor Mini Maker Faire 2013Cool Toys Pic of the Day - Maker Movement Meets HealthcarePebble Pals

The phrase “wearable tech” is fairly new, a few years old, but the idea of it is ancient. Eyeglasses are wearable tech. Slings for broken limbs is wearable tech. So are crutches and canes, in a sense. Wristwatches are, definitely! Now, we have smartwatches to go with our smartphones, and phones are wearable technology! You can add in sensors, like these to track heart beats, relative position, or location. Many folk I know think of wearable tech with GPS (global positioning system) as being for geo-caching games, but it is used possibly almost as much for tracking children or persons with dementia who’ve gone wandering. The possibilities here to connect tech to health and well-being are virtually infinite.

Wood Working

GO-Tech Meeting at Maker Works

Yes, woodworking. Like most of these, this goes two directions. Maybe you’d like to talk about how you designed a lightweight sturdy portable DIY wheelchair curb ramp, or a portable wheelchair ramp for homes. Or an extra gorgeous in home ramp. Or a custom shelving solution for accessing hard-to-reach or heavy items for someone with mobility challenges. Or a wall-mounted flip-up flip-down lockable railing for someone living in a small space with occasional balance issues. Or how you designed an accessible building from the ground up — maybe a “treehouse” or playground for a special kid, or maybe an entire house. Maybe smaller projects. Woodworkers and people working in 3D printing could easily collaborate on sharing or modifying patterns for simple assistive tech. Those assistive tech spoons and grippers being made on 3D printers aren’t terribly sturdy, but if you made them out of wood, they would be both sturdy and beautiful.

On the other hand, maybe you’d like to talk about what modifications and accommodations were needed to make a wood working studio accessible and usable and safe for a person with multiple sclerosis or in a wheelchair. Or what type of modified grippers you used for lathes and die jigs.


You can take these ideas a lot further than I have here. Arts and crafts are therapeutic for stress reduction, but also can be used to teach core science and mathematics skills, probably health information and skills, too. Origami concepts have been used widely in health sciences from making more powerful flexible batteries (which could someday be used in bio-implants) to designing anatomical models, to folding of molecular processes and nanostructures. You can even make a microscope with paper crafting, and gaming VR systems! Sustainable gardening and urban foraging connect to public health through addressing diet, nutrition, access to healthy local foods. There are so many ways in which we can use the DIY approach to improve health, for ourselves, for our loved ones, for our community.

GO-Tech Meeting at Maker Works

Ideas for Making Health! [#makehealth]

#NationOfMakers #MakeHealth

Remember I said the idea of the UM We Make Health Fest began with hearing about the White House’s first ever Maker Faire? Well, that is TODAY!!!! The map above shows some of the activity nationwide with people being part of a Nation of Makers. Remember I said, “You have to talk about health. There is SO MUCH going on with bringing the Maker Movement to health!” Then our team went off and brainstormed. Here is a list of the ideas we came up with, almost all of them in the first week of brainstorming.

3D printing
Coding – PHP
DataViz for PDM
Design Thinking
Big data for relationships?
DIY Apps
DIY Biology
DIY Clinical Trials
DIY Devices
DIY Ergonomics
DIY Genomics
DIY Laboratory
DIY Medicine
DIY Neuroscience
Gaming for Health
Hackerspace & Hackathon
Healthy eating: vegan
Home hydroponics
Individualized Medicine
Mobile Technology
N=1 Studies
Open Source/Open Access
Participatory Medicine
Personal Genomics
Personalized Medicine
Precision Medicine
Quantified Self
Quantified Us
Quantified We
Raspberry Pi
Robotics 4 Kids
Solar Cells
Sustainable Design
Sustainable Gardening
Wearable Technology

What do you think? Maker Movement + Health might actually be a real thing, eh? As we continue to plan and prepare our event, we’ll be posting more information about the specific ideas that will actually be at our Make Health Fest. Meanwhile, for today, I’m proud to be one of the many makers, from a family of makers, at a University of Makers, in our Nation of Makers.

Beginning to Make Health [#makehealth]

Cool Toys Pic of the Day - Maker Movement Meets Healthcare
Cool Toys Pic of the Day – Maker Movement Meets Healthcare

In the blog series “Health Fair Meet Maker Faire” (parts one, two, and three), I was talking about the exciting idea of looking at commonalities between the maker movement and the shifting landscape of patient engagement in healthcare.

We went wild with brainstorming and excitement. I’ll share more of the ideas we developed here in the next post on #makehealth. (Oh, #makehealth is our hashtag. Feel free to use it, and we’ll be tracking it.) At that time, no one had done a health-themed Maker Faire, but what we didn’t know was that there were some others in the works. After all, as we had noticed, it seemed like a really obvious idea! Evidently so. We did immediately notice the collection of health-themed maker events collected by Make Media.

Maker Faire: Health: http://makerfaire.com/category/science/health/

I took the just the first page of their entries and looked at the subject headings used for those to get an idea of the topics being tied into health makering.

3D Printing
Art & Design
DIY Projects
Fun & Games
Getting Started
Hands On
Kids & Family
Maker < 18yo.
Open Source Hardware
Raspberry Pi
Start Up
Young Makers

Pretty cool list, isn't it? Really, you should go explore their collection. For me, the coolest one to find was the post about MakerNurse.

Makers in the Nursing Unit: Lessons Learned from America’s Amazing MakerNurses: http://makerfaire.com/makers/makers-in-the-nursing-unit-what-weve-learned-across-america-finding-amazing-makernurses/

Whoa! What great stuff!

RWJF: Seeking DIY Nurses – New MakerNurse Initiative Launches http://www.rwjf.org/en/blogs/pioneering-ideas/2013/09/seeking_diy_nurses.html

The MakerNurse group partnered with Maimonides Medical Center to have the VERY FIRST health-themed maker faire!

A Hospital Mini-Maker Faire: http://makezine.com/2014/05/30/a-hospital-mini-maker-faire/

Facebook: Maimonides Medical Mini Maker Faire: https://www.facebook.com/MaimonidesMedicalCenterMakerFaire

Now, pause for a moment, and think, “What would YOU want to see in a health Maker Faire?” Here are just a few posts and tweets about what MakerNurse has been up to. Have any more ideas?

Makers in the Nursing Unit: Lessons Learned from America’s Amazing MakerNurses – Jose Gomez-Marquez http://www.youtube.com/embed/iQkQabDKoFY

CLASSIC MAKERNURSE: ADDING A SPLASH OF COLOR TO THE ORTHO WARD: http://makernurse.org/2014/01/20/classic-makernurse-color-ortho/

MADE BY A MAKERNURSE: IV SHIELD: http://makernurse.org/2014/05/22/made-by-a-makernurse-iv-shield/

RWJF PIONEERING IDEAS PODCAST: FEATURING 3 MAKERNURSES: http://makernurse.org/2014/05/31/pioneering-ideas-podcast-featuring-3-makernurses/

MakerNurse: The Stealth Ingenuity of Inventive Nurses in America http://makerfaire.com/makers/making-for-health-medical-making-around-the-world-and-at-home-in-america/

Health Fair Meet Maker Faire! Part 3: Our Announcement!!

You saw Part One, in which the idea was born, and Part Two, in which the concept was tested and proven. So what actually happened? We’re doing it. We’re really DOING IT! By “it” I mean a health-themed maker faire/fest at the University of Michigan. REALLY!


We Make Health
We Make Health: http://makehealth.us

Emily Puckett Rogers had given us a heads-up about requirements for working with the official Maker Faire folk, which I had not realized was an actual brand name. So we don’t yet know if this is going to be a Mini-Maker Faire or a Maker Fest or what, but it is definitely happening!

Please note that the We Make Health event is a project of Health Design By Us, a participatory behavior change project funded as part of the UM Provost’s Third Century Initiative. It’s a completely awesome and wonderful collaboration, and you’ll be hearing more about it if you read this blog regularly.


Saturday, August 16, 2014

We are still settling on what happens when during the day. We are brainstorming roughly 10am to 6pm, but that may change.


Google Map for Palmer Commons
Palmer Commons: https://www.google.com/maps/place/100+Washtenaw+Ave/@42.2807486,-83.7335814,17z/data=!3m1!4b1!4m2!3m1!1s0x883cae4266554837:0x732dcfa6f8fb7dbe


Joyce Lee, Doctor as DesignerPF Anderson, Self Portrait as ShadowMatt Kenyon, Artist

Us! We!

Well, Joyce Lee, Matt Kenyon, and I are taking point on planning the project (with the capable assistance of Emily Hirschfeld). Joyce is from the UM Medical School and Mott Children’s Hospital, Matt is with the School of Art and Design, and I, of course, am part of the University Libraries, Taubman Health Sciences Library. However, we have an email list for folk interested in the event which currently has over 90 people signed up. Many of them have contributed ideas, suggested contacts, volunteered to do booths or presentations, and so forth. We are reaching out to many community maker communities, and have received endorsements from several of them. You’ll hear more about our partners as the event moves closer.


1) Sign up at the We Make Health web site to receive information and updates from the Health Design By Us project.

2) If you are part of the University of Michigan, you can sign up through M-Community for the MakeHealthUM email list.

3) If you want to contact the event coordinators, our Make Health Team, you can reach us at: MAKEHEALTH at-sign UMICH dot EDU.

4) Twitter! The event itself is on twitter, as is Health Design By Us.

Make Health: @MakeHealthUM
Health Design By Us: @HealthByUs

If you want to chat with Joyce or me individually, we are also pretty easily reached through Twitter:

Joyce: @joyclee
Patricia: @pfanderson

5) Please feel free to comment on this post! We will have a blog for the actual event, but that’s still being set up. More soon!


What’s coming next is more blogposts and more news! We will highlight some of the technologies and people that will be highlighted at our event, the partners we’re working with, and exciting spinoff projects to help the energy last beyond the actual event. We’ll tell you more about some of the other folk working on health maker events, and other maker communities around the University and the Ann Arbor community.