Cooperative Creation at Science Hack Day 2014 Berlin
Spent the weekend hanging out at Betahaus in Berlin. Eager teams coded, soldered, 3-D printed, designed, and debated in a mad rush of group effort to build something in a weekend. Projects ranged from educational(popcorn maker can teach you the principals of radioactive decay), artistic(sensors for music creation), visionary (brain wave controlled cars) and so on.
Documenting the event and talking to people, was struck by the strength of teams coming together for cooperative creation as opposed to competitive consumption.
One of the key points of this event is that science belongs to all of us and that we all have a role to play in applying technology.
Some of the projects had decidedly practical application, others were a bit more obtuse, but all involved an attempt to find quick affordable solutions to achieving a vision.
I found myself wondering how this sort of approach will be applied to solving the problems we face in health care. Can we address major issues of today such as resource consumption and medical care with the same playfulness and inventiveness we see in the Hackathon movement?
Not sure how far one can get in a highly regulated industry like health care with this kind of approach, but sure hope to be part of finding out.
p.s. If anyone out there wants to start working on a connected insulin pen let me know.