Event for those interested in open hardware: http://www.hackonwheels.org/disrupt-disability/
As part of the legacy of the London Paralympics, at Here East, London’s newest innovation space, we are bringing together the most creative, innovative, disruptive leaders in the disability, design, research, health, opensource, maker and tech spaces to hack wheelchairs.
According to the World Health Organization over 65 million people need a wheelchair to be part of society and live an independent life. To give freedom a wheelchair must be customized to the body, environment, and lifestyle of its user. Due to the prohibitive price of traditional design manufacturing, and distribution 52 million people who need a wheelchair are deprived of this freedom.
We believe that digital fabrication, open hardware, and the maker movement can change this.
We are establishing an online library of opensource designs and instructions for making fully customizable wheelchairs that anyone can freely use, adapt and develop.
We are forming a community of makers and people who need wheelchairs connected, inspired and enabled to create fully customized wheelchairs.
We are hacking wheelchairs.
We need you.
Join us to find out more and help solve three challenges:
How can we develop opensource designs for fully customizable wheelchairs?
How can we engage a community of designers, makers and hackers to use and grow an online library of designs?
How can we create a sustainable business model that supports #HackOnWheels commitment to free access to open source design?
When: 18 May 2016, 10:30-16:30
Where: Here East, Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park, London, E20 3BS
Questions: please email firstname.lastname@example.org