Big thanks to Shift.MS for bringing together our members for the first Health@Makerversity session. Freddie (Shift.MS) recognised that a lot of the work that takes place at our Somerset House home is in someway related to the health and well-being sector. The nature of our community is to support and collaborate where possible and with the amount of knowledge between our members really should be shared. As many people starting out in business might well know, it’s no picnic. There’s funding, investors, stakeholders, campaign planning, research, governing bodies etc. etc. All these hurdles come with experiences and stories, which could help the next startup if shared.
The first curry fuelled session aimed to unearth different areas and questions that we think are worth exploring further, drawing on a range of interests, experiences and skills the now full (of curry) group could share and take further.
As a collective the skill set would make more than an attractive looking CV. In the group we we had:
Digital Tools for support and understanding – Shift.ms
Community Projects to help with social inclusion – RESTART
Accessibility and Inclusive Design – The Everyday
Wearables and Hardware – Konnektis
Design Process / Resources – Rob Sloan
Accessible Prescriptions / Instructions – Written Medicine
Questions around funding and how to approach getting the proper backing were high on the agenda. The subject of inclusive design was incredibly important, how can we design our everyday life so it’s accessible/inclusive of everybody, regardless of mobility/hearing/sight. There was a lot of love for TFL posters and there’s talk of bringing them in for a session. Obviously the NHS came up… the conversation on how best to work with them on new projects is probably where we should leave this.
As you can imagine the group believe very strongly in the matter, that’s why they’re working to improve this in many ways broken sector. We’re really excited to see how these sessions will grow and more over help. If you’re working in one of these areas and would like to get in contact regarding Health@Makerversity please don’t hesitate to get touch.