31 August 2017

Maker In Residency Agile kickoff for OpenCare

Past July we started our journey with Opencare MIR, Maker in Residency. This article is a review about our agile kickoff.

Also, if you want to find out more about opencare you can read more here and here .

Our experience at Opencare MIR will be different from those of ResQ and Breathing Games (other care projects hosted before us) since we are from Milano and will not actually live in the makerspace.

Our first approach to the residency was with Chiara, from the opencare MIR team. She welcomed us with the MIR welcome pack and defined our first activity: Agile Planning.
Here’s the output!

1_ why are we here:
During this first step Chiara asked us to write, separately, what we expect from this experience.


We found out we were well aligned on our expectations.
Surely our first interest is in meeting communities of people interested in trying and developing with us our new prototype.
2_ the elevator pitch
This step was very useful to clarify our project main aspect.

The resulting sentence was:

ReHub project is an online platform and open source kit that allow the monitoring of fingers and hand movement for athletes, rehabilitation patients and music instrument students that needs a certain and digital data to monitor the exercise. Unlike Neofect project our project is open source and open hardware.

3_ the product box

Four reasons why people should use our product are:

  • It’s opensource
  • You can monitor and share data with who evaluates the exercise
  • Increases the chances of exercise
  • Historicizes the progress of therapy

Our small advertisement to be streamed on media/social is:

ReHub: Improve your hands

4_the not list

During “the not list” step, together we wrote down the activities backwards, from the one necessary to deliver a finished product/service to the one we are working on.

This is the result:

About the “last activities” we are supposed to do we focused mainly on the realization of the kit and the communication of it on the website, to renew the software 3D and organize events to promote the project.

“Earlier activities” involves technical issues like sensors testing and pcb developing, textile sampling and digital pattern development for the glove. Our interest is also directed to communities: physiotherapists and their patients, but also other people interest into the hand movements and their monitoring.

Project plan and business plan are also 2 main activities we are not able to face with our knowledge, so we will need help also on those.

Chiara’s scheme helped us define the priorities of the activities we defined:

We decided to develop first what we defined as “earlier activities” and leave our “last activities” after the MIR.

5_ meet your neighbours

Here we define the communities we would like to meet during our MIR.

Physiotherapists and patients, but also communities of makers, designers, web developer and electronic experts.

After the kickoff we started working on our new glove prototype: we will talk about it soon on the next post.

Team reHub

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