Makers with a Mission: Re-imaging the future of health and wellbeing
Supporting pioneering creators and innovators is at the heart of Makerversity’s ethos. Our Makers with a Mission residency gives early stage creatives and start-ups an opportunity to explore within a dynamic community. Our focus is on teams and individuals who are values-driven and who challenge society’s ideas and behaviours through the things they create. They might be exploring disruptive manufacturing processes, developing new materials, innovating within healthcare, designing for climate change, improving societal wellbeing and many more. All projects have an ethical, sustainable or social agenda at their core.
As the Covid-19 global pandemic hit Europe in Spring 2020, Makerversity’s incredible community brought their collective talents together to produce urgently needed PPE for frontline workers. Led by Nathaniel Petre and Tim Burrell-Saward members collaborated with ICU doctor Dr Dominic Pimenta whose charity the Healthcare Workers’ Foundation funded the project. Together they produced a comfortable and sustainable face shield, made from bio-plastic filament and reclaimed ocean plastic, which could be disinfected multiple times. Nate, Tim and Dominic tell the story in this short video;
Wave 2 of the Covid-19 pandemic is now sweeping across the world. A vaccine is in sight, however this will take some time to reach the majority of the population and through this uncertain period new solutions are needed to support frontline workers, vulnerable people at particular risk and those suffering from social isolation. Working with the Healthcare Workers’ Foundation, Makerversity’s Makers with a Mission programme is launching a call for a special Health -Tech cohort who will work on ground-breaking solutions. Successful applicants will win a 6 month residency, with access to a bespoke workspace sponsored by the Healthcare Workers’ Foundation, all Makeversity’s workshops, business support, extensive membership benefits and mentoring from a variety of health, physical manufacturing and digital product experts.
To apply for this unique residency please get in touch via firstname.lastname@example.org, explaining the Health-tech idea you wish to work on as part of this residency. Please explain what you believe it will take to rapidly bring it to life and get it into the hands of those in need. Applications will be reviewed by a panel from the Healthcare Workers’ Foundation, Makerversity and mentors.
Applications are ongoing so please apply as soon as you are able. Successful applicants will be notified shortly after.
Successful applicants will receive;
- 6 month residency
- Access to a bespoke workspace sponsored by the Healthcare Workers Foundation
- Access to all Makerversity’s making workshops
- Business Support
- Extensive membership benefits (see more here)
- Mentoring from a variety of health, physical manufacturing and digital product experts