Hackathon: What happened at HelpCamps?

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For two days people with special needs, makers and other experts came to the Hochschule Rhein-Waal in Kamp-Lintfort (Germany) to actively be part in the innovationsforum Help Camps. A full program of talks, workshops, a hackathon and more talks kept us busy and infused our brains, hands and all senses with new knowledge and ideas.

The Hochschule Rhein Waal hosts one of the biggest barrier free Fab Labs in Europe and runs several projects on design for inclusion. It was an inspiring place to exchange ideas and practically work together on building new ideas for health and wellbeing with a special focus on users with disabilities.

The made for my wheelchair team during their talk at HelpCampsAs a group from the Made for my wheelchair project we gave a talk and a open°light workshop to illuminate some wheelchairs, crutches and a walker with our DIY open source design lights.

My favorite example from the Hackathon was the beginning of making a „hand to go“ for Chantal. Chantal has no hands and lower arms and wished to be able to dress and undress herself. She said that it would be her dream if she could have a hand that fits into her handbag so she can take it along. A team with Lars Thalmann from e-NABLE, William Mc Gill and Adriana Cabrera from the Fab Lab Kamp Lintfort continues on the development of the hand.

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Fab Lab Berlin is a Makea Industries GmbH undertaking; as a fully-fledged Fab Lab, it brings a state-of-the-art digital fabrication infrastructure and a related education program to the Fab City Berlin Action Group. Beyond the scope of providing means of digital production and know-how, Fab Lab Berlin acts as an independent research lab with a focus on four fields of research: holistic urban planning & business models adopting the concept of circular economy, ecological sustainability of digitally fabricated goods, sensor-integration and medtech-related sensor-integration in particular, didactics related to the digitalisation of the working environment.

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