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Open Health HACKademy has just started!

Chronicle of the opening weekend
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Open Health HACKademy

At the Open Health HACKademy, four interdisciplinary teams with students from different disciplines, people with disabilities and makers jointly develop open source hardware solutions, so-called Careables. Because many people with disabilities lack the tools they need to live and work.

The HACKademy started on Friday, March 1, 2019, in the fabLab Machbar in Potsdam. Together with about 25 creative minds with skills from different disciplines, we started the weekend with a visual meeting about hidden superpowers. The case providers of the four cases “Eisbrecher”, “Belly Button”, “LazyEye” and “Vorlesegerät” presented their projects to their teams. Subsequently, common goals were set for the first weekend.

Day by Day

On Saturday, March 2, 2019, a Design-Thinking Sprint took place, during which draft sketches as well as first prototypes were presented. From 6 p.m. on a lecture by Dr. Claudia Nicolai, Academic Director of the D.School followed. Finally the whole HACKademy team cooked and discussed the projects further.

Brainstorming and brainstorming

On Sunday, March 3, 2019, Deepdive Rapid Manufacturing Workshops provided participants with insight into various technologies such as 3D printing, Arduino, laser cutting and electronics. Afterwards there was a planning meeting for the next week.

The daily colourful breakfast and the delicious lunch were used by everyone as an opportunity to get to know each other better and to grow together as teams. After this successful start we are looking forward to the coming weekend and are very excited about the input and output!

In this sense: stay open minded and get connected.

The Open Health HACKademy will take place at the fabLab machbar in Potsdam ( on three weekends and the weeks in between during the lecture-free period from 1 to 17 March 2019.

All interested people are invited!

Next steps

On Saturday, 9 March 2019, a public meetup with keynote speeches on topics such as Open Health, Citizen Science and research on therapeutic appliances will start at 5 p.m. on Saturday, 9 March 2019.

To join the Meetup, click here:

The final public presentation of the four development teams will take place on Sunday, March 17, 2019, at 3 p.m.
For the final presentation you can register here:

The event is organized as part of the projects Match My Maker ( and Careables ( by the non-profit organizations be able e.V. and Prototyping Collective e.V. in cooperation with the Wissenschaftsladen e.V. and the D.School / Hasso Plattner Institute Potsdam.

Another Open Health HACKademy will start in mid-August 2019. If you are interested or even have ideas for an Open Health Case, please contact the HACKademy team:


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