My work on Opencare consultancy

Website | 2016

Located in a border area between Jordan and Syria, Fabla Irbid comes as part of an EU funded initiative that aims at empowering youth, creating jobs, and accelerating and suporting hardware startups. This is the first Fablab in Jordan, and hosts a super equipped workshops for metal work, woodwork, casting, and laser, shopbot, and high standard quality of 3D printers, which has recently been legalized in the country. I served as a Fablab manager, to kickoff its activities, build capacity of staff, design sustainable programs, and bootstrap a community, is a very highly equipped place that is located in a border remote area.


Opencare is an EU initiatives that explored open hardware solutions that are replicable, well documented and produced through open community participation. The project involved multipartners, my role was multidisciplinary with a part on design, and usability and another on community: My main tasks where:

  • Develop strategies for online community engagement to produce a conversation around a care issue. The platform used was Edgeryders, such as a sample story here..


  • The other part involved working on the usability and testing aspect of the product produced through offline codesign sessions. InPe was the first product, a bracelet that sends an alarm call to the caretaker that the person who needs care has fallen. Below are samples of mutli usage wearables developed for testing. The arm band was a good option to exlore, which could also be attached to the belt -- it worked better than the wrist bad, which was in many cases limiting, and had more chances of sending false alarm. Below are samples of the band displayed at the MakreFaire Rome in 2016. Along with the bracelet, a storyboard was produced to help a wider audiance understand what is this product about, how can they use it, how can they paricipate to it.



  • In addition, I contribued to theplaybook produced by the project. The manual describes best practices in community engagement for online and offline practices of co-design. The book is found here


  • Another responsibility was to co-teach a course for interaction design students at Domus Academy, where students where supposed to develop ideas and implement working prototypes for projects around the theme of care. My role was to support the students in understanding care in a borader sense; what is care for me? What is care for others? What is care on a collective global scale? Through excercise, the students where able to articulate meaninful ideas, and develop stories for their usability. Prototypes were displayed during MakerFaire Rome 2016. More photos of their work is found here: here



  • photocredit: Zoe Romano and Sylvia D'Ambroso