Hacking Health is a new program, comprised of a design charrette and a follow-up, cross-disciplinary product development course in Winter 2019.
The aim of the VentureWell Kids Design Charrette 2019 is to bring together a diverse range of participants—students, faculty, children, and researchers across the design, health, business, and engineering community—to gain greater understanding of today’s challenges in pediatric populations, and to begin exploring preventative health solutions to those problems. The students can then leverage the course to further develop the ideas, utilize U-M’s larger entrepreneurial ecosystem, and work to move their ideas to market.
Interested in Participating? Apply here by December 28. We are planning to have kids participate between 10:30 am—1:30 pm. If you have a child who is interested, please fill out the RSVP, indicating the child’s age. We will contact you with accepted participation by the end of December 2018.
Raising kids and caring for their wellbeing is important, with recent research showing that the modern world has created many new challenges for kids—some of these include growing up in diverse families and cultures, technology integration, and management of physical and mental well-being. Design and technology can play an active role in enabling parents and children to manage their personal wellbeing and safety, and this event will begin an interdisciplinary dialogue that hopes to address some of these challenges.
A charrette is an intensive, multi-disciplinary design workshop among major stakeholders collaborating to explore, share a vision and exchange ideas. Working with teams across multiple disciplines, the group’s skills and knowledge can be used to generate creative responses to these challenges. As members of a public university we have a particular interest in engaging the UM community in collaborative problem solving for population health.
The VentureWell Kids program (design charrette and follow up course) will focus on developing ideas to lower barriers of effective personal care self-management in pediatric populations with a focus on pre-teens (ages 9-12). The aim is to generate ideas, and ultimately solutions, for challenges within physical health, mental and social well-being, obesity, nutrition, physical activity, safety and technology use. On the day of the charrette, participants will work in interdisciplinary teams to develop a fuller understanding of the challenges and opportunities within this space (see schedule below).
Interested in Participating? Apply here by December 28. We will contact you for accepted participation by the end of December 2018.
For more information please contact Associate Professor Stephanie Tharp.
Schedule is subject to change.
|8:45 am||Welcome & Introductions||An overview of pediatric population challenges and ‘Human Centered Design Process’ by domain experts.|
|10:15 am||Know your Context||Groups will explore the problem space through exercises that help them visualize the people, environment, and systems integral to understanding context.|
|11:00 am||Frame Insights, Experience Mapping/Business Origami||Groups will be guided through activities that help them create and analyze foundational shared understandings of the problem space.|
|12:00 pm||Generate Empathy||A series of activities will help groups generate empathy for primary stakeholders and understand their behaviors and motivations.|
|1:30 pm||Explore Values||Using a framework, groups will frame value statements to understand the needs of their primary stakeholders|
|2:30 pm||Frame Findings||Groups will explore the functional, emotional, and social qualities needed to generate solutions within their theme.|
|3:30 pm||Ideation||Groups will brainstorm potential interventions and share it with other groups.|