Happy birthday! announcing Scimpulse.COM

The SCimPULSE foundation was registered the first day of May 2013 at the Metis notary in the charming town of Sittard, where the Netherlands is just a few kilometers wide between Germany and Belgium. That position by itself was the sign that we exist thanks to the synergy between different worlds. Since then we have learned from the collisions of different realities, disciplines, people and cultures. "Collision events" has become the branding of our activities. Many geniuses, teachers, students and makers participated sharing what we call the "collateral benefits": the resulting sparks generated by the collisions of highly charged and accelerated initiatives, become new knowledge, new creations, new opportunities and solutions originated by science, impulsing mankind to ever greater heights.

We also expanded in geography, with permanent presence in the Netherlands and Switzerland, and numerous fellow researchers and associates in the European Union, North America and Asia-Pacific

The foundation has generated value in the seven-digit range, learning from experimentation and experience of a growing ecosystem. We created a meta-method that achieves breakthrough innovation and solutions beyond the reach of standard documented approaches. Capturing that value is one of the main reasons why ...

Now we start sharing our method


In the second half of 2017, the foundation becomes the incubator of its own startup: Scimpulse.COM

The .COM side of the foundation will perform the activities beyond the standard non-profit scope, yet with the highest social responsibility in mind. That means the .COM will actually have "customers", and all profit will be used to support socially responsible initiatives and breakthrough innovation coming from science and research.


What's coming up?


the main areas for the new .COM generate synergy:



Events are on invitation for a restricted amount of people. 

The first one is in September 2017

Contact us if you wish to be involved



only sponsors will be invited to the exclusive circles

contact us to learn how to become a sponsor



All our scientists, researchers, fellows, alumni, sponsors and stakeholders become part of the accelerator networkWANT TO BE INCLUDED?  maybe you can ... contact us via the form on this page or email foundation@scimpulse.org

Meet the reHub glove- the open source rehabilitator


reHub is an initiative presented -and designed- by Mauro Alfieri and Sara Savian at the OpenCare event at CERN Idea Square earlier this year.

A reHub glove is a tool designed for rehabilitation to recover movement fluidity after an injury.

This will help physiotherapists and their patients monitor rehabilitation of the hand. It allows the patient to record and report exercise data such as hand position, finger flexion, and fingertips pressure.

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Technology that captures movement and transfers data.

 
Presenting reHub @ CERN 


Recorded data are displayed through a software that reproduces a 3D hand and its movements. Through the software, a physiotherapist is able to evaluate and adjust the therapeutic process. reHub exercises can be done remotely or in the presence of a physiotherapist.



The patient’s strengths, weaknesses, and range of motion will adjust automatically. This ensures the patient continues to stay challenged and at the same time, creating a positive, encouraging environment. The system monitors the data over time and generates progress reports, allowing physiotherapists to design specific rehabilitation schedules. This glove will provide an opportunity for rehabilitation through technological innovation regardless of geographical location.



reHub glove is the result of collaboration between electronics enthusiasts, physical therapists and hand rehabilitation patients to find a way to solve the problem of monitoring the progress during rehabilitation therapy. This project is early in the development stage with a functioning prototype and will start working with users and creating experiments.





The Journey


Mauro Alfieri, IT consultant and developer discovered his passion for Computer Science and Programming at an early age. This combination of knowledge enabled him to build his first model of a robotic arm. The urge to realize digital fabrication projects presented itself when he joined WeMake Milan’s Makerspace in 2014. Sharing knowledge and being able to make real products with the community was the first step that led to wearable technologies.






Sara Savian, Fashion Designer, studied design at the Polyechnic University of Milan and textile design at the University of Applied Arts in Vienna, Sara worked in the field of social and ethical fashion. In 2014 Sara collaborated with WeMake where she developed the project Digital Fashion, which she presented at Maker Faire Rome. During this time she had the opportunity to meet Mauro Alfieri who was also collaborating at WeMake, Milan’s Makerspace. With a blend of design and engineering, they developed wearable technology.


Sara, a passionate maker of wearable technologies has realized the glove and designed the position of sensors, and power to make the glove comfortable to wear with a captivating design. The reHub project is a collaboration between members to demonstrate what can be built by combining multidisciplinary skills.


Our experience at Deep Games Workshops was intense. Our project was the “youngest” and the most technical: for us, it was very insightful to understand the medical atmosphere. We discovered our weaknesses, and what we needed to do to bring the project to the next level. –Sara Savian



What’s next?


The team is seeking to work with a community of users to test their system and provide feedback, as well as continuing to "improve the system and the sensors to make it easier to create different sizes of the glove, said Savian. reHub will be making this tool open-source and available for modification with an updated version available in August 2017.  reHub is creating a community of shared knowledge and development with a broader view of use for the glove and will start working within the European project OpenCare. Subscribe to follow their development.


To support reHub, or contribute to its development, please use the contact form or email foundation@scimpulse.org

Hubotics: Exoskeleton for physiotherapy

Hubotics is an initiative presented -and designed- by Luca Randazzo at the OpenCare Deep Games event at CERN earlier this year.

There are various devices used for limb rehabilitation and physical therapy. However, the availability of these devices is limited, expensive and located in healthcare centers. Patients that require daily physical therapy this is a significant obstacle in receiving the care that is needed.


The story

Luca started Hubotics in 2013 after the completion of his Master’s in Computer Science and Robotics. His motivation stemmed from his sister’s experience and family challenges with motor disability. Luca remembers his parents traveling back and forth between clinics and buying expensive devices.


“I realized that achievement of independence through the use of one’s own body is one of the most gratifying experiences, that’s how the idea of creating an exoskeleton to be used in everyday life was born” -Luca Randazzo


Combining technical skills as an engineer and his passion for developing accessible technologies to alleviate suffering, created the pathway for the creation of Hubotics, a low-cost wearable exoskeleton, adaptable to the patient for shoulder and elbow rehabilitation, stimulates muscles and nerves with repetitive motion.

The 3D printed prototype uses Arduino electronics and a smartphone, can be programmed by a physician or a physiotherapist for specific movements. The progress of the user is then collected and analyzed to monitor or improve therapy.

Moving Forward

Hubotics is early in the development stage, currently modifying designs to achieve a concept that is usable while maximizing customizability and accessibility.

Test users of the exoskeleton provide feedback for improvements of the prototype. Co-creation in care enables the effectiveness of the overall process while leveraging a mutually valued outcome of healthcare.

Open source design and the use of accessible technology, assure future versions of the device will remain economically viable and available to a large community of people in need.

To support Hubotics, or contribute to its development, please use the contact form on this blog or email foundation@scimpulse.org



Resuscitation: giving the farmer's land a second chance


Soil: the living, breathing, bio-diverse skin of the Earth, is a living ecosystem that sustains plants, animals and humans. The loss of fertility of our soil is one of the most critical issues facing our food system. Patches of land as big as entire nations are lost every year to soil erosion.

The aim of the Resuscitation project is to study and promote a global approach of agriculture as a healthy, dynamic yet stable ecosystem. The goal is the revitalisation of soils and increase the fertility index of the soil itself. The methods repopulate the soil’s natural live inhabitants to self-sustainable diversity levels, and apply rotation of species to further increase the carbon content -a key player in the soil’s health system- naturally.

“We need to ensure farmers have the right understanding and guidance to improve the health of our soils.”
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Soil is an extravagant ecosystem: plants and other life species interact in synergy, that is often neglected and overlooked by industrial agriculture. Tsilla Boisselet wants to overcome the obstacles with respect and integrity of the environment first. Turns out some plants can act as bio-machines. Biodiversity can be restored and the ecosystem life-cycle restarted with the right combination of plants. Local insects or worms partner in resuscitating the soil, creating a second chance for the land to become naturally fertile, again.

“Like a truffle is formed when the mushroom grows with a partner tree, there are things only possible when you combine the right partners” –Tsilla Boisselet

Help give the farmer’s land “a second chance”


We are looking for people, schools, companies, organizations, with funds or in-kind contribution or bring skills for the design of prototypes, test experimental information systems and create usable laboratory spaces on real scenarios such as land, nurseries and agronomy research facilities to move this project forward.

One area of interesting ideas so far is the creation of “Lab Kits” that target each problem for growers and the interested population to understand the land, be able to select suitable seeds for plant grouping resulting in better crops with fewer chemicals added.

Are you a programmer? Resuscitation is in the first phase of creating the Cluster Simulator: an interactive, microorganism database with catalogue of plant categories, their ecological partners, the possible-combinable partnerships. Reliable data to establish an ecosystem-based method to conceive cultivation, should be flexible, adaptable, and extend to an open-source database where users can input experiments as new data.

On the horizon. What’s ahead?


The "Lab Kits" and each location where someone becomes part of the experiment, become a source of data and the plants themselves become living "data banks". Each new test location reports soil health diagnostic, restoration rate, monitoring and simulation system. Eventually, leading to a concept like an online network of people and organizations collaborating to have a better garden, healthier farms, more fertile land.

Tsilla Boisselet; leader of the Resuscitation project, studied Chemical Engineering and Biochemistry, has one PhD in Natural Sciences and one PhD in Geology. She is passionate about nature and fascinated where science meets all the other human fields of activity, making her realize the direct impact humans have over the present environment.

For expression of interest and support, ideas, suggestions, questions about donations or in-kind contributions, please use the contact form on this blog or email directly to foundation@scimpulse.org

More details on the project click here .... >>

OpenCare Community Fellowship Program

Have you imagined alternatives for better medical and social care? Are you involved with care related initiatives in your community? Or, maybe you have open source or DIY solutions for patients or caregivers? We want to hear from you.

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Join the process of building the OpenVillage!

The OpenVillage Festival is a highly participatory festival showcasing working solutions and demos produced by community members, as well as pathways for working together towards their sustainability. It will take place in October 2017 (exact dates and location TBD) and represents the culmination of the OpenCare 18 month research that involves hundreds of original initiatives.

Who can participate?

Anyone with a story of an open and participatory project of health/social care, who is interested in online and offline collaboration for social good.

What you will get if selected:

  • You will be working with the Edgeryders team towards the OpenVillage event happening in October 2017.
  • A bursary appointment: Up to 15000 Euro to reimburse your working time, distributed on the basis of winners’ financial needs to fine-tune your initiative.
  • A travel budget: Up to 5000 Euro, to be authorized in advance by due justification.

Where do I start?

to read more about the application procedure, selection criteria and the timelines, click here >>>




Our New Fellow, Marek Oropallo

We are delighted to announce an addition to our Fellow Program, Marek Oropallo. Marek will join the BioDynaMo Modeller team.

The BioDynaMo is a collaboration between CERN, Newcastle University, Innopolis University, Kazan Federal University, and Intel to design and build a scalable computing platform for advancement in neuroscience.

Marek Oropallo is a graduating student in Medicine and Surgery at the University of Bologna.  His studies include Applied Mathematics and Cognitive Sciences with an interest primarily in Neuroaesthetics and Biosemiotics - and, of course, brain simulations.

He had worked in collaboration with the Neurology unit of the Hospital of Modena, on the Parkinson’s project where he focused on visual/motor coordination and the cognitive impairment in Parkinson’s disease. Though this project didn’t go further past the initial stage it did give birth to early cognitive testing procedures in Parkinson’s disease.

Marek has followed the foundation and its projects from the sideline with deep curiosity eventually leading to collaboration. After reading the publications he wanted to participate. Through several discussions, it became evident his contribution would be useful, and the synergy would be effective.


The BioDynaMo Collaborators at CERN- 2016
Photo Source: CERN-openlab

Looking Forward

Marek will be working on the model validation which is paramount to the overall development of the system.  This is a long-term effort in the field of biological simulation to build a scalable model of the brain. This open-source brain simulation platform will allow new possibilities to analyze the human brain and designed to help advance neuroscience.

Understanding the human brain is one of the greatest challenges facing science. This will help gain insight into developing new treatments for brain disease and computing technologies and opens countless possibilities to analyze the human brain.

Marek’s interest in the brain and its complexity stems from an early age, so the opportunity to be part of this team is logical. He is extremely fortunate to pursue this field with the best and most advanced possible tools.

With roots in Philosophy, he had this to share regarding where he obtains his inspiration.

The awareness that biomedical research, when done with full commitment could truly have a beneficial effect on people’s health, it’s not just something that I love, but is a deep moral obligation too.”


In the rare moments when Marek has actually a bit of free, quiet time he delves into a relevant read in his field. With a deep passion for sports, he is currently in preparation to participate in the Ironman competition. For now, the full focus remains on this project and bring it to realization.

We will be following up with Marek and sharing the developments of the project. Please Share, Subscribe, follow us on Twitter and Facebook to stay up to date! 


Maria Simonetti | March 2017



echOpen – the development continues

The Deep Games event took place in February at CERN IdeaSquare in connection with OpenCare - a project run by a consortium of partners and funded by the European Union under Horizon2020.

It was an experience to engage in discussions with physicists and researchers and place the project under the scope of an international environment" ~ Olivier de Fresnoye.

When technology collides with reality, change occurs. When people think beyond ordinary limits of what’s possible, age-old problems can be solved. There are projects that guarantee to revolutionize various facets of society, especially for those in need.



AN OPEN SOURCE AND COMMUNITY- BASED PROJECT

echOpen, the open-source, low-cost, portable ultrasound stethoscope which connects to a smartphone or tablet, could revolutionize access to healthcare by simplifying the diagnosis while opening up new opportunities for doctors in emerging countries.


http://echopen.org/


Build with echOpen

Globally, medical imaging is a scarce commodity – its cost and complexity restrict its availability mostly to industrialized countries and well-equipped hospitals. EchOpen is easy to build with open-source hardware. This combination has the potential to make health diagnostics available not only for remote and marginated communities, but also for emergency response squads and hard to reach locations. It’s easy to use, producing ultrasound imagery for a wide range of examinations that can be shared in real time to obtain remote assistance, virtually by any medical center in the world.
EchOpen helps healthcare professionals by delivering faster and precise diagnostic imaging. The concept was born in late 2014 as a community initiative, gathering people interested in health and open-source solutions for the future of medicine all over the world. The progress and achievements remain on-going with a growing community of over 200 members, including doctors, engineers, programmers, radiologists etc.

The Deep Games effect


www.linkedin.com/in/olivier-de-fresnoye-23045934 “The ability to discuss the project with mentors from different backgrounds was nourishing and intense. I’d like to say what a complete “eye-opener” this had been for me.  It was exactly what I needed to bring this project further and I have walked away with the confidence and the determination to make the necessary changes. During the 2 days, we realized our strength was not being used to the maximum." ~ Olivier de Fresnoye 

Challenges Ahead

echOpen is in the process of seeking collaboration with key partners and resources to support a global effort to reach project goals.  Finishing the new version of the prototype with medical quality images and making the components smaller for manufacturing is the challenge ahead.  The vision of this community-based open-source product is to share on a globally and distribute in Africa and South-East Asia. This new admission to healthcare will help solve problems faced by developing countries.

The humanitarian field very interested, says Olivier, whose experience includes the scientific coordination of humanitarian missions in South-East Asia. Interest has spurred widely with several NGO’s towards its accessibility to use ultrasound in medically deprived areas. 

 For expression of interest for echOpen please visit the website. echOpen is looking for active participants, collaborators. Is that you? The echOpen community is available for anyone that wants to be part of an open science community. Hardware design, software development, or user-interest, they want to hear from you. 

The SCimPULSE foundation brings people together, that share a responsibility for the future and to continuously aim to tackle solutions to big problems and make the world a better place. Ideas, technologies, and practices sparking to create a new frontier of innovation. 

During these workshops, scenarios are explored to gain awareness of the possibilities and foster creative thinking within the projects. This method of hands-on and minds-on approach produced transformative results while enhancing innovation and performance. 

With the focus on methodologies, tips and ideas and the interaction with different mentors has given new life to this project and enables us to achieve long-term success.  These events should be held every 2 months as they add value to any project, in various stages of any development.” Olivier de Fresnoye

If you’re interested in participating, sponsoring or hosting this type of events, please contact us at events@scimpulse.org


OPENCARE - one year onwards - we need you!

It's been one year since we sat the first time to organize the activities around the OPENCARE project - a project run by a consortium of partners and funded by the European Union under Horizon2020. A year of hard work, dedication, emotions and also surprises.


The role of SCimPULSE in this project is to be the partner dedicated mostly to Ethics and alternative ways of Engagement. Ethics are the branch of knowledge that deals with moral principles, in specific principles that govern a person's or an organization's behaviour or the conducting of an activity. The role of the foundation is to assess the guidelines and safeguard the principles around the digital collaboration platform. In that regard we engaged a panel of neutral reviewers with expertise in the field of medical and social care to help us on the journey. Thanks to that we were capable to support the development of a Drupal module, enabling a "consent funnel" that guarantees the community's ownership of the content while preserving the individual privacy.

Just like Ethics can be applied broadly, Engagement is also a widely used word, including both online and offline activities such as posts, social media, personal and group meetings, workshops and other events. Here we played the role of creating alternatives to the "online-only" engagement proposing the approach of "offline first - then online". The idea here was to do the initial onboarding of proposals and initiatives getting the owners of the proposals to play what we call the "Deep Games", a combination of Design Thinking and LEGO® Serious Play®. After those activities the participants will converge on the online platform hosted by the Edgeryders.

For those who have not followed the project earlier, the Edgeryders platform is the place where all the stories about care made by "communities for communities" are collected, posted and commented, as a working prototype testing for social collaboration. The intention with that is to enable conversations and the run ethnographic research (one of the many branches of big data) to discover ways to redesign the medical and social care services in Europe. The resulting research will support European legislators to create new policies according to the needs of the population.

Alas, nothing comes free of risks, so did this project: we faced unexpected challenges with the budget allocated to support up to three initiatives for engagement in the Deep Games protocol. We tried to have a backup "Call" but did not work as expected. We did have engagement in collaboration with our partners of WeMake and from the Scimpulse network, resulting in a few initiatives applying for the deep games but not in the scale that we would have had if we had the budget.
Thanks to the collaboration with WeMake we have been able to get three initiative to participate in around of activities in January 2017, with good potential.


The initiatives were a bit on the technical side in their early proposal stage but with our intervention we refocused them to think about the community for whom they are proposing their solutions.

On their side the Edgeryders also tried to mitigate the impact of this risk with the creation of Open&change, an initiative to involve more people online and that way compensate for the loss of resources, and that helped capturing more ideas and stories around the topic, to increase the research sample size.
Overall it was an effective​ -highly collaborative- mitigation effort and there is now a social commitment with the initiatives to help them get to the communities for who they are intended for.
In the meantime, the University of Bordeaux developed a graphic visualization tool that promises to render evident the interaction between people on the Edgeryders platform, fulfilling one of the initial claims of the OPENCARE project: the capability to visualize the crowd's interactions.

What's next?

Next we need you - all of you who are reading this post! - come online and tell us your story, or a story you know, about community-organized care, alternative medical or social care, hacking the traditional system, proposing how to create new ways to deliver medical services and care about each other, preferably in a community-based organization but not excluding personalized services - either paid or volunteering - that propose a new way of caring for your neighborhood, your city, your country and the European Union as a whole.

Ready to Open Care? connect here www.opencare.cc or click on the image below to discover more!



An Explorer with a Camera


Christy Turner, a professional photographer from Calgary has been chasing the northern lights for years and specializes in Nature, Wildlife and Landscapes and created the most thought provoking images. Christy started chasing magnetic collisions (aurora borealis) for several years, which started as a hobby. She is recognized as an expert in this type of photography and has appeared in several publications and TV programs in Canada. Christy is also one of the supporters of the SCimPULSE Foundation.
Photography can remind us that the world is an incredible, open place and is ours to explore. Christy, an explorer and a storyteller offers a gateway to the universe with her inspirational photography allowing her to capture moments of the relatively mysterious and unknown. 

Her photos can make a real connection to people, and can be used for understanding the challenges and opportunities facing our world today. Christy tells stories in a focused way and allows us to freeze a significant moment.



It is my job to show the world some beauty, positivity, and re-encourage a passion for earth"






Our Supporters
To bring about the kinds of changes that will help raise the standards of humanity and help people live healthier, the SCimPULSE Foundation seeks to understand and help remedy the world’s inequities. 

Whether the challenge is helping the blind, a collective approach towards healthcare or creating an affordable medical device. We listen and learn so we can identify humanity’s pressing problems that get too little attention. Then we recognize whether we can make a meaningful difference with our collaborations.



Our collective efforts also depend on the support and resources of our donors, the private sector, communities and individuals. We would like to introduce one of our supporters, or as we like to say “heroes” who donate and contribute to our mission.

Through The Lens


Christy was kind enough to answer a few questions and share some of her inspiring adventures and show her perception of the world behind the lens, and how her commitment to photography liberates the soul.
  
What is your strategy for shooting the Aurora Borealis?
The aurora borealis is, like most phenomenon of nature, never a sure thing. Even if the data, science, and local weather conditions align, it can still be a no-show! It’s all about being patient, determined, and passionate about playing the waiting game until the light show begins.
Where do you get your inspiration and curiosity?
My mother has always been passionate about photography, so she is perhaps one of my earliest inspirations and constant source of encouragement.”
How do you share your passion for travel and sense of adventure?
It would have been impossible for an artistic person like me to travel through countries without wanting to capture the best of them photographically.
 How would you describe yourself?

I'm a person who values life experiences and memories and want to fill my eyes with the sights, sounds, cultures of the world. My extensive travel to over 74 countries have truly opened my eyes to many things. I know that the opportunities I’ve been given in are not taken lightly, and I try to take the best of what I’ve seen, the most important of what I’ve experienced, and allow that to drive me through my ambitions.

What is your most treasured experiences as a photographer?

My most photographic experience was taking my mother to France in 2014. On the flight to Nice, we saw the most incredible northern lights show that went on for hours. I took some amazing images from the plane and the trip was perfect in every way. Seeing a beautiful part of the world with my mother and snapping photos will always be my most treasured memory.





With the rocky mountain backdrop creating an endless source of inspiration and photographic experiences she has the opportunity to share through the lens the jaw-dropping beauty with the rest of us.
Christy is privileged to live in a part of the world where the experience of the Aurora Borealis is literally in her backyard.
Together with a passion for travel, photography was a natural fit, as she is embraces every chance to capture a photographic experience. She describes herself as a “wildcard” saying no to nothing and pushes herself constantly.
“I’m very humbled by my surroundings with an endless
drive to share and that any of it resonates with others is a blessing”




Forging Connections

Christy had the opportunity to reconnect with Massimo Mercuri, Co-Founder of the foundation after many years. She saw the opportunity to offer to the foundation and its mission by donating commercial photography. Christy, thank you for your continued support of the SCimPULSE Foundation. 

Donating

As with any non-profit organization, budgets and donations are what help maximize the use of the funds for the foundation and its projects. We work in collaboration with grantees, sponsors and partners, who join with us in pushing for new solutions and harnessing the transformative vigour of science and technology. 
Commercial photography greatly increases our brand, market presence and communication.

Follow more of Christy’s work here

If you or your organization would like to know more about how to offer support, or make a donation, please email us at donations@scimpulse.org  

All contributions and support are welcomed. Contact us and explore the possibilities.



Maria Simonetti | February 2017
















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