Lessons learned from the Digital Health workshop #ERRIN

Yesterday I worked with the Healthgroup of the ERRIN network on issues around Digital Health. This was part of the matchmaking event they had organized around new Horizon calls.  I was asked to present something from my recent experience with the different projects. But last Friday this changed into; can you give a workshop to 18 people? That left little time to prepare and I had to come up with some improvisation.

Best improvisation I had available was to try an experiment. I had no idea who would be in the group. What their experience was, or their recent project history etc. Basically I was starting from scratch. I thought a perfect opportunity to use a problem definition canvas and see what would happen.

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The group was very diverse and from different countries, so it wasn’t so easy to find common ground to start from.

I started with a small introduction what we did in the CIALE project and worked from there. Then I offered them a whole lot of trigger questions to start the proces. We only had about one hour to work with. (Lesson 1; 60-90 minutes for a workshop is too little time if you are not sure what the follow-up possibilities are…)

The three groups started working and I explained to them how to capture thoughts, group them, discuss the input etc.  (Lesson 2: always explain why to write with a big marker and one word per post-it…)

As I was walking around I noticed that some groups were further and quicker in capturing their process thoughts and ideas. I observed it for a little while and saw that the group making the biggest progress was the one actively  engaging everybody and took turns in putting stuff on the board. (Lesson 3; Make sure everyone is on their feet, literally!)

After about an hour we closed of with a plenary recap to find out that this was new to most, exciting for some, but generally rewarding in capturing and structuring thoughts and ideas around a very complex situation. So with little preparation it is still possible to get a lot on information from a very diverse group of strangers in a very limited amount of time.

 

#VR4Rehab #interregNWE #Hackathon

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We are at our 5th hackathon for the #VR4Rehab project in Bruges and today at the Sportinnovation campus van Howest.

We have some 60 students from this educational facility. Some on physical therapy, ergotherapy, others on a more technological study.

All in all, we are able to build team from various disciplines which is exactly right for our design challenges in this hackathon.

We are working on rehab application for pain management, lower limb, adherence to therapy etc.

This morning we first had rounds on empathizing with the subjects, now we are in the phase of building our first shitty drafts and prototype ideas. Later today the students will present to a jury and will be judged for a ticket to get to the upcoming Game Jams where the actual workable demo will be developed based on the ideas that emerged in these 5 hackathons.

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