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.
What are the problems you aim to help solve with this project?:
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 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 hosts 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 projects is 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.
What are some of the major challenges you have encountered and how did you address them?:
Getting poeple toghether under the same umbrella in fighting the pandemic.
The project, though, received the endorsment of many institutions and private supporter.