Connect With Us and Our Ongoing Projects

We invite you to get to know, share and comment on some of the ongoing projects at the SCimPulse Foundation. The portfolio of the Foundation is unusually diverse, with the common thread of similarity that all its projects share the aim of improving humanity’s living conditions. From investing in education to empowering people to provide an open network where ideas become feasible initiatives.
Soundsight is helping the visually impaired navigate without using the sense of sound. Read more.
echOpen is bringing new tools in the medical field to help make healthcare more accessible using open source hardware.

Hubotics-is making wearable exoskeleton, affordable and customizable for shoulder and elbow rehabilitation.

Tsilla Boisselet is helping give the farmer’s land “a second chance” with the Resuscitation project -to revitalize soil and promote agriculture as a healthy ecosystem.

Any attempt to understand care in the 21st century means understanding its historical roots and the value of the past that challenges us. Deborah Liebart, a researcher on the Opencare project is exploring care in European societies and the effectiveness of different care systems.

Joining CERN Openlab

Recently, SCImPULSE Foundation has joined a project on big-data analytics with Intel and CERN. Exciting times lie ahead, and we look forward to sharing with you how this cooperation will evolve and develop. Read more

OpenVillage Participation

Just as a reminder, OpenVillage is continuing to accept participants. So far, OpenVillage has groups of initiatives coming together from Brussels, New York, Greece and Germany to approach social, health and physical care in unconventional ways.  If you’re working on a project that tackles access to care or solutions to address the needs of society, register for the event.

Join OpenVillage Festival in Brussels, Belgium, on October 19-21, 2017, in connection with OpenCare, a research project making health and social care accessible for all, open source and participatory.

Connect with us and learn more about the foundation and how we promote the well-being of humanity and how we can help boost your initiative off the ground. For expression of interest on any of the initiatives, please use the contact form on this blog or email us at

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Care On The Shoulders of Giants

Advances in care over the centuries have sometimes been ignored but continue to serve as reminders for the need to understand and build a wider perspective. For this to be accomplished, history must be traced.
Deborah Liebart, Alumna of the École des Hautes Etudes en Sciences Sociales, Paris, Researcher with the Center for Historical Research and Fellow for OpenCare is exploring the question of care in European societies and how effective the different care systems contribute to the inclusion and sustainable growth of the European Union.  She will be participating in mobilizing and exchanging her knowledge and experience within OpenCare.

Journey Begins

Deborah Liebart is committed to improving living conditions and to secure the future for present and future generations. During a conversation with Marco Manca, by learning about the SCimPulse Foundation and its projects aimed at improving humanity, it was natural she was to become a member of the foundation and share her knowledge.

Since that conversation, Deborah has joined the OpenCare project, and we have had the chance to ask her a few questions about her journey so far.

Let’s get to know Deborah

What resonated with you most when speaking to Marco regarding SCimPULSE?

‘’After an unbelievably intense conversation, I was convinced professionally, and humanly, that I should become a member of this ecosystem named SCImPULSE. The portfolio of the Foundation is unusually eclectic, and all its projects share the aim of improving humanity’s living conditions, by investing in education and empowering people as agents, which are notions especially close to me.’’

What attracted you to OpenCare?

‘’OpenCare is one of those few humanistic projects, and I enjoy working with the diverse teams the Foundation attracts, all from different backgrounds, but all motivated, open to dialogue, constantly in motion and looking in the same direction to improve the European care ecosystem.’’

How is your work influencing OpenCare?

‘’It’s calling everyone to rethink what was obvious and create a community that wants to change things for the better by carrying out common projects that are open and intended for discussion. My work as a historian is to show that the concepts mobilized today are the fruit of a long history, that knowledge is cumulative. To paraphrase Newton, being only dwarves on the shoulders of giants, studying the past is necessary for a better understanding of tomorrow's choices and decision-making, both to draw ideas and to avoid making the same mistakes than our predecessors made. A star guiding our steps in the way of today.’’

Do you feel challenged by the topic the Foundation has bestowed on you?

‘’The topic is fascinating and has been challenging in many ways. To study the emergence of the mutualistic movements during the industrial revolution, and to try to understand how individuals at the time were thrown in precarious conditions, and weakened by the ongoing transformation of working conditions. Which succeeded in creating organizations that would allow them to defend their own interest, and at the same time those of the entire group. I will be delving into the blockchain revolution and its rhetoric’s under this historical perspective and retraces its cultural and moral roots.

What is the value and why is it necessary to reflect on the past?

At times of economic crisis, or demographic crisis threatening to break down our systems, it is necessary to investigate our governance systems. Welfare State is criticized and pointed at by many groups, so the choice is to question the centrality of governance and reflect on decentralized systems, capable of full local autonomy, and capable of integrating with the current systems to offer a combination that can benefit the largest number of people.

To function effectively with the present system we must question more than being partisan, or political. We must be pragmatic: to optimize the welfare state, to preserve the characteristics that characterize it, and which make it effective in order to maintain the fragile balance between freedom and equality and to perpetuate our democratic systems and make them more dynamic.

What will you be focusing on next?

‘’I will continue focusing on the contribution of mutualist movements to European societies. After examining the question of care, it would seem interesting to examine the progress that these movements have made within companies, both in terms of productivity and innovation. Simply because of their ability to join forces and share information allowing them a more effective coordination and communication between individuals.’’

Value of Care

The importance of this research is undeniable as it takes on ethical and social responsibility. Progress in care will only prevail as long as advances are remembered and practiced by new generations. The extended report of Deborah’s research will be published in an academic journal and on the SCImpulse website.

The Past Challenges Us

History is relevant to understanding the past, defining the present and leading the future, often we fail to learn from its lessons.

Evolution of care has not been reached, nor have the final pages of its history been written. As long as there remains a thriving sense of humanity in communities and society embraces compassion and empathy care will be met by and within communities.

’OpenCare has been a terrific opportunity to explore care as an ecosystem, being able to wear different hats and challenging truths, prejudices, and the prejudice of breaking down prejudices itself. Interacting with the many stakeholders we met, so many different value propositions emerged, so many value creation hubs that are not captured by the usual health economic thinking… and above all, so many unmet needs have been discussed, that is only marginally satisfied (if at all) even in perfectly thriving welfare systems.There is enough to rewrite the books about what is care and how to deliver it. We will have work for the years to come, to fully bring to fruition the provocations that are emerging today.’’-Marco Manca

To understand care in the 21st century we must understand its historical roots and the value of the past to possess a vision that encourages to eradicate the ineffective and the conviction to create a better system that meets the needs of society.

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Congratulations Massimo!

We are pleased to announce that our co-founder Massimo Mercuri will be joining the Advisory Board of SCImPULSE, as of June 30th, 2017 and resigning from the Board of Directors. 

Massimo recently joined AkzoNobel, in The Netherlands, as Director of Digital Innovation and Strategy to amplify the digital capabilities and accelerate growth by integrating digitalization into the DNA of that company”.

Part of his mission there is the creation of a space for experimentation that fosters an open innovation ecosystem. As you can imagine, it's not a simple mission, but we are confident that he is the right person to do this, after having steered SCImPULSE together through its start-up phase, which we have recently resumed in our yearly reportand we are united in wishing him success!

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It is to ensure he can be successful in his new endeavour, and at the same time guarantee that SCimPULSE governance has the necessary attention, that he is moving to the Advisory Board of the Foundation, where activities require less time commitment.

His outgoing role will be taken up by a new member of the Board, soon to be announced, and partially redistributed within the organization, in a process of reshaping that is part of an organic maturation of the Foundation’s management.

Massimo, in his new SCImPUSE role, will help to update the function of the Advisory Board, designing with the Board of Directors a new set of rules of engagement, and negotiating a calendar of annual meetings.

It is the beginning of a new era for SCImPULSE, and the renewal of its management structure is an opportunity that we will seize to accelerate and consolidate the growing infrastructure that the Foundation manages to ensure the success of its projects to navigate towards ever-greater heights.

Welcome New OpenCare Fellows!

Let’s welcome Winnie Poncelet and Gehan Macleod, Community Curator and OpenCare Fellows. Winnie and Gehan will be facilitating a series of themed sessions at the upcoming OpenVillage Festival in Brussels, Belgium, on October 19-21, 2017. This event is part of OpenCare, a research project on how to make health and social care accessible for all, open source and participatory.

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Winnie Poncelet - Engineer, Biologist, sustainable change maker, and Co-founder of the first DIYbio lab in Flanders. The organizations he’s co-founded involved science and technology. He’s been active in several different fields including engineering,  game theory, arts, sustainability, biotechnology, and education. Winnie has an unrivaled gift for inciting cooperation, deconstructing and combining diverse perspectives. His knack for capturing the overall picture and its diversity are sure to add a refreshing wave of change.

He is coordinating the OpenInsulin research group at Edgeryders. The digital workspace for the Belgian chapter of the Open Insulin project, with the researchers collaborating online.

Gehan Macleod - disruptive innovator, activist, social entrepreneur and Founder of GalGael Trust. GalGael Trust is an organization providing learning experiences anchored in practical activities for helping people whose lives have been emotionally battered and challenged by unemployment, or economically inactive, depression or addiction.

These projects require collaborative efforts from co–working, either in the carpentry workshop or the timber warehouse. The completed projects are sold through social enterprise helping people carve their future. One of the ways this is accomplished is by involving the community in traditional skills, such as boat building and restoration. Rekindling work and meaning in communities where there is little of either.

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OpenVillage, a 3-day event encompassing various themes, each approaching from a different angle the question of how we care for one another where old models of care systems fail. It’s a participant built event dedicated to bringing together existing projects into a showcase of a new health and social care system powered by open source and community-driven solutions.

Are you interested in building healthy organizations, communities or societies promoting growth, resilience, and tenacity? What is going on in your community or in the world to help shape an Open Care environment? What skills do you have to bring community practices into reality?
Learn more about you could get involved in the OpenVillage Festival here.

Update-Conversations on Care

Through the many initiatives that are connected with OpenCare, there are as many stories that are untold. Stories that are deserving to be shared and explored to discover how conversation weaved together is the canvas for these projects. How communities, people, family, random strangers add value to creating a solution. In those random conversations are the seeds of change often discovered? We will be sharing them on the Edgeryders platform, click here and have a glimpse of those early collisions of discussions that Irene Lanza was privileged to experience to help move SoundSight forward. Or, the physiotherapist that by sharing his challenges changed the course of reHub.

Interested in creating change in health care, or you have a story how use you are using open source science, hardware or software solutions to meet care needs? Or, you want to share your experience of giving or receiving care? Join OpenVillage and Propose a Session or Get a Ticket Click here!

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Joining CERN openlab as research member

We are proud to share with you that SCImPULSE has joined CERN openlab as a research member. The Chairman of our Board of Director, Dr. Marco Manca, and the Director General of CERN, Prof. Fabiola Gianotti, signed a collaboration framework agreement between SCImPULSE Foundation and CERN in November 2016.
For those of you not familiar with this most exciting CERN endeavor, CERN openlab is a unique public-private partnership founded in 2001. Through CERN openlab, CERN collaborates with leading companies and research institutions to accelerate the development of the cutting-edge ICT solutions required to support researchers at CERN — and beyond — in their pioneering work.
SCImPULSE Foundation has joined a project on big-data analytics with Intel and CERN; it addresses use cases related to industrial controls, physics analysis tools, and epidemiology. You might have already guessed we will be chiefly involved in the latter.
Exciting times lie ahead, and we look forward to sharing with you how this cooperation will evolve and develop, both by concise technical reports, and by telling the life of our researchers on site, embracing with enthusiasm the openness spirit of our new partner! Let’s boldly go where no one’s gone before."
~ Dr. Marco Manca, President and Chairman, SCimPULSE Foundation

To find out more about the role of SCimPULSE in this research, please follow us on Twitter @ScimPulse and @CERNopenlab , and periodically visit the URL

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

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.

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