We Make Health Fest to combine maker movement and health design

School of Information Ehrenberg Director of Entrepreneurship Nancy Benovich Gilby and Health Informatics master’s candidate Sean Doolan are among the organizers of We Make Health Fest on August 16.

The festival is a collaborative day of health-themed design and maker activities, held on the fourth floor of U-M’s Palmer Commons in the Great Lakes rooms from 10 am-4 pm.

The free event is open to the public and is designed to engage local and virtual communities that are passionate about health, technology, and participatory (patient-centered) design. Booths, speakers and demonstrations will focus on encouraging community involvement and the sharing of personal stories, do-it-yourself technologies, and creations for managing health.

Modeled after the increasingly popular maker movement that emphasizes driving innovation by building communities of hobbyists, enthusiasts, students, and others interested in creating products, the idea behind the We Make Health Fest is to bring together those who have an idea how to use technology to advance health care with the people who know how to create the technology.

Featured speakers at the event will be John Costik, a type 1 diabetes hacker, father, community collaborator and innovator for the #wearenotwaiting movement, and Jose Gomez-Marquez, a designer of medical devices for affordability at MIT's Little Devices Lab. The lab creates do-it-yourself kits so doctors and nurses in the field can invent their own solutions. 

The festival will also screen Maker, a feature-length documentary on the Maker Movement and its impact on society, culture and economy in the United States. We Make Health Fest offers anyone interested in participating the opportunity to present a talk, demonstration, or booth display. There is no fee to present or maintain an exhibit, but registration is required at the We Make Health Fest website.

We Make Health Fest is sponsored by Healthdesignby.us, a community of individuals (patients, doctors, makers, artists, designers, researchers, professors, students, advocates) passionate about health, technology, and participatory design that has been actively involved in a broad range of activities to promote patient-centered design, the use of emerging technologies like mobile technology and social media, and the notion that communities should be part of the creation and promotion of health.

U-M’s School of Public Health, Zell Lurie Institute for Entrepreneurial Studies and Pediatric Device Consortium are also sponsoring the event, along with Ann Arbor SPARK. 

For more information about the event, visit the We Make Health Fest website.

Posted on August 5, 2014