Last December, Saad Chinoy, one of our most active members and part of GIG’s supervisory board, presented Careables during the remote Chaos Experience 2021 – a 96 hours event organized online by The Chaos Computer Club e. V. (CCC), Europe’s largest association of hackers. For more than thirty years, CCC has provided information about technical and societal issues, such as surveillance, privacy, freedom of information, hacktivism, data security and many other exciting things around technology and hacking issues. 

Inside Careables Online Exhibition

During this presentation, visitors could tour our Online Careables Exhibition in gather.town, followed by a Talk and Q&A session on how Careables evolved during this last year in different countries from the Global South and how the opensource making experience can change the future of health and care. Careables has been a four-year-long project focused on making healthcare systems more open and accessible to people with different needs and backgrounds. Careables are healthcare devices co-designed in a collaborative ecosystem where people become creators, not only innovation users. Patients, their families, healthcare professionals and designers are involved in the co-design process as experts in their specific environments. Then, using Digital Fabrication Technology, Careables devices are produced and made available through open knowledge documentation on the careables.org platform for others to replicate and customize to their specific needs. 

After being showcased in more than ten cities worldwide, Careables Moving Exhibition is available online. It takes us inside Engineering Good Makerspace in Singapore, where visitors learn more about Careables history and how it evolved in different makerspaces around the globe.

Watch the video for a guided tour and a walkthrough in an online exhibition that followed by a conversation with Saad on how Careables evolved during this last year and how the opensource making experience can change the future of health and care.

Careables supports the creation of open source and inclusive health care devices that are customizable to people’s actual needs and are locally produced. Often patients use care solutions that do not fit their needs, cost or aesthetics. Careables offers a platform for sharing available healthcare blueprints, including detailed documentation on facilitating the replication and adaptation of these technologies. Careables supports the creation of open source and inclusive healthcare devices that are customizable to people’s health needs, using a participatory approach. It’s a bottom-up digital social innovation focused on patients, healthcare professionals and makers. Careables methodology relies upon co-designing open-source health devices by implementing workshops, prototyping series, and innovation training targeting actors from healthcare, allowing these professionals to work together with other experts to find unique solutions. 

Visit the exhibition at https://bit.ly/careables-gathertown

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