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‘MakeHealth: Prototyping’ meetup series II


From September 22
to November 10


Contactweg 47, Amsterdam




The second series of MakeHealth: Prototyping starts 22 September 2018 at Makerspace Contact.

Do you have an idea for a care solution that makes everyday life easier? Or do you use an aid which you think could be designed better? Are you a designer, an experiential expert, a healthcare professional, or an informal carer with a great idea for a healthcare solution? Or do you want to use your skills to help create care solutions for and with actual people? Then you should join us!

At MakeHealth: Prototyping you’ll be working in a team on a concrete question once per week over an seven-week period. This question could be about developing a new solution to a problem or improving an existing tool. Teams of people with different skills are formed around people that bring in the health question, and together we aim to create prototypes to meet their challenges.

With MakeHealth we want to develop new, open design applications and publish these online. Your solution, including all the design files and instructions will become available on the international platform Careables. That means anyone can reproduce or adapt your solution. So you not only helping your team, but society as a whole will benefit!

Practical information

All meetings of MakeHealth: Prototyping II will take place on Saturday from 10:00 – 14:00 hrs. This second series start on 22 September. The last meeting will be on 10 November. Participation is free. The primary language will be Dutch, but don’t worry, we can easily switch to English if necessary. If you want to join is, then please register via this link.

Prior knowledge of digital manufacturing and technology is not required as we’ll focus on this during the workshops. However, we do expect you to attend all the workshops, so that your team has enough time to complete the project.


All meetings take place at Makerspace Contact; a location that is fully accessible by wheelchair users. The address is: Contactweg 47, 1014 AN Amsterdam. The location can easily be reached by metro near station Amsterdam Sloterdijk and has parking facilities nearby.


The second series of MakeHealth consists of five events that are briefly described below.

Meeting 1 – 22 September
Introduction to the theme, possible topics, and formation of teams. Each team begins brainstorming ideas about possible solutions. Joint decision on team’s direction going forward.

Meeting 2 – 29 September
Research on possible applications, materials, and techniques. Start first designs.Meeting 3 – 6 October
Developing designs: create drawings or models, choose material and plan for production. Start prototyping.

Meeting 4 – 20 October
Creating prototype. Experiment with materials and manufacturing techniques.

Meeting 5 – 3 November
Finish prototype and documentation.

Exposition – 10 November
Presentation of final prototypes. Looking back on learning moments and tips.

Concrete case?

Do you have a concrete healthcare-related case that you’d like to share with us? Or do you maybe have questions about the development process in this series? Then contact either Jurre Ongering or Paulien Melis.


This series is part of the Made4You program. In Made4You, citizens, healthcare professionals and makers work together to design and develop personalised care applications. Healthcare has changed radically over the past century. For a growing group of citizens, products and services in healthcare are either too expensive, do not match their needs, or simply do not exist yet. With the advent of better technology, the possibilities for developing digital healthcare applications have increased. We want to develop new, open design applications and publish them online.

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