Initiative

TechForCare”: an open-source support platform for the current health emergency, jointly developed by I-RIM (Institute for Robotics and Intelligent Machines) and Maker Faire Rome – The European Edition

A common space, a real coalition bringing together the capacity for innovation among communities of experts in new technologies with the urgent needs of doctors, nurses and all operators engaged in this crisis. This is the essence of TechForCare, an open-source platform masterminded by I-RIM (https://i-rim.it/it/), the Institute for Robotics and Intelligent Machines, which brings together the most visionary academic research with industry that embraces cutting-edge technology, and Maker Faire Rome – The European Edition (https://2019.makerfairerome.eu/it/), the meeting place for the community of makers

(https://2019.makerfairerome.eu/it/chi-sono-i-maker/) and innovators in general.

Over the last few days, many creative and unexpected solutions have emerged to help those who find themselves on the frontlines tackling a situation that is hard to even imagine. The maker movement, academia and research centres have all reacted with heart, ideas and technologies. Now we need to organise, coordinate and share projects and prototypes. This is the main aim of the objective.

TechForCare aims to offer concrete and verified solutions that can be replicated in a variety of local situations to address the many real problems that need to be promptly resolved. An open innovation hub tirelessly seeking out new ideas to expand the number of projects on offer and outline new models of production and social cooperation.

The platform will host a selection of resources, technologies, smart machines and robots to tackle the COVID-19 pandemic and limit its severe effects on healthcare and support systems. The focus is not on what could be done, but on what can be done, here and now, and what can be replicated wherever it is needed.

The projects will be accessible and available to everyone: operators will be able to signal their needs; research centres, makers, developers, engineers and professors who want to contribute will be able to upload projects, and the platform will then “matchmake” with producers and FabLabs in the various areas to create prototypes and then print and produce them. All in the name of subsidiarity.

Through its promoters I-RIM and Maker Faire Rome, the TechForCare platform has been enthusiastically adopted from the off by maker and research communities and actively collaborates with the Opendot FabLab in Milan (http://www.opendotlab.it/) coordinated by Enrico Bassi; the Medaarch FabLab (https://www.medaarch.com/) based in Cava de’ Tirreni (SA) and headed by Amleto Picerno; FabLab Napoli (https://fablabnapoli.it/chi-siamo/) coordinated by Antonio Grillo; Graphid3a and DroniLab srl (https://www.dronilab.it/Graphid3a%20i%20TecnoArtigiani) in Cosenza, headed by Paolo Mirabelli; the open-source medical device development platform Ubora (https://platform.uborabiomedical.org/), which facilitates the design of open-source medical devices that comply with safety and efficacy standards; the Careables platform (https://www.careables.org/), which originated from an H2020 project and brings together open treatment and health solutions created by makers, users and doctors; and the Make in Italy association (http://www.makeinitaly.org/), which is currently working specifically to coordinate the efforts of makers and laboratories.

On the academic side, all of Italy’s leading robotic research institutions are involved, including the Istituto Italiano di Tecnologia – IIT (https://www.iit.it/it/home), the University of Pisa (https://www.unipi.it/), the Polytechnic University of Milan (https://www.polimi.it/), Marche Polytechnic University (https://www.univpm.it/Entra/), the University of Padua (https://www.unipd.it/), Sant’Anna School of Advanced Studies (https://www.santannapisa.it/it) and Roma Tre University (http://www.uniroma3.it/).

The TechForCare coalition is open to anyone who wants to put forward useful ideas and solutions to tackle the terrible health crisis we are experiencing. To get in touch, write to us: mailto:info@techforcare.com.

 

Credits

Visual design & website development: Menexa (https://menexa.eu)

Logo design: Max Gaeta

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