TH#13 took place on Tuesday the 18th of September at WORM Rotterdam.
The speakers were:
Lisanne de Bakker (ProPortion) - Design thinking with Kenyan youth
Patrizia D'Olivo (Meedoen=Groeien!/TU Delft) – Mr. V brings 'Verrassing'
Sabrina Verhage (Tellart) – Terraform Table
Wang Long Li & Robert Paauwe (TinyBots) - Tessa
Lisanne de Bakker - Design thinking with Kenyan youth
In Kenya, the unemployment rate grew with an extreme speed the past ten years. Of all the unemployed people, 70% are between the age of 15-35 years old. How can we create more job security for the youth of Kenya, by using a design thinking approach? Lisanne de Bakker, working at Proportion foundation, designs new service and business models for entrepreneurs in emerging countries. In Kenya she works together with youth entrepreneurs on a service that brings new technologies and knowledge to farmers. Lisanne shared a passionate story on how she got fascinated by agriculture in Kenya and the lessons she learned about designing in these rural areas.
Patrizia D'Olivo - Mr. V brings 'Verrassing'
4 years ago she started her research with the aim of fostering the psychosocial development of children with cancer. By using a Research through Design approach and a Socio-Ecological perspective that looks also at the family members of those children, she specifically explored how technology can be designed to tactfully empower them throughout the treatment phase.
She designed and developed Mr. V, a character aimed at bringing back normality and motivation in cherishing the family time spent together at home. Through fieldwork involving patients, patients’ families and medical professionals she found that these moments are crucial for the development and wellbeing of the child, however are often forgotten due to the disruptive situation generated by the illness. Patrizia discussed best practices for working together with vulnerable users and professionals from the healthcare context. It was exciting to hear about her experiences and struggles working in this sensitive setting and designing for different users. Read more here
Sabrina Verhage - Terraform table
Sabrina is a Technologist at Tellart Amsterdam and co-founder of Creative Coding Amsterdam, a meetup for enthusiasts. At This Happened she introduced the Terraform Table, an interactive installation built around a sandbox lit by a map projection. As participants shape the sand with their hands, a machine learning algorithm generates artificially composited landscapes and seascapes. Tellart created the table in response to a commission by London’s V&A museum for its technology-focused exhibition ‘The Future Starts Here’. The curators wanted a piece that would address the question “Should we shape the Earth and other planets for human use? Check this article in dezeen about the project.
Wang Long Li & Robert Paauwe - Tessa
As founders of TinyBots, Wang and Robert are on a mission to empower people with cognitive challenges and their family, using social technology & robotics.
Together they created a friendly little robot called Tessa, who assists elderly with dementia when nobody else is around. She enhances their self-esteem and -reliance by providing systematic reminders, personalized music, storytelling, cognitive therapy, and spoken instructions for daily tasks.
Robert and Wang told us the birth-story of Tessa and how she got her looks and character to optimally connect with people with dementia, as well as their caregivers. They gave us a peek into successfully designing a high tech solution that is also able to make a deeply human connection, all the while being so intuitive that anybody can use it.