Medicine: How to Make it in Healthcare

Maker Ecosystem

Thursday, September 24, 2:00 pm to 3:15 pm in Viscusi Gallery

Among the most exciting applications of the current wave of technological disruption is in the field of health care. From 3D-printing in the surgical theater to individualized gene-based therapies, the Maker Movement is redefining and leading medical trends. What awaits us and what are the opportunities for Makers of all disciplines?


Gokul Krishnan

SciPlay Research Fellow, New York Hall of Science
Gokul Krishnan is a SciPlay Research Fellow at the New York Hall of Science, where his goal is to create a center of excellence in Maker Therapy. The center aims to proliferate Maker therapy to children’s hospitals across the United States. Gokul has a PhD in the Learning Sciences from Vanderbilt University’s Peabody College of Education in Nashville, TN. He has introduced the first mobile Makerspaces in a children’s hospital, at Monroe Carell Jr. Children’s Hospital at Vanderbilt in Nashville, TN, addressing the needs of chronically ill patients. The intent of these mobile Makerspaces are to provide children with creative outlets and learning opportunities but, equally important, to encourage social interchange with others and improve patient health care by increasing physical mobility. He calls this new patient learning experience as 'Maker Therapy’ Gokul was the first recipient of the Design, Make, Play Award from the New York Hall of Science in 2015. In June, The White House recognized Gokul as an honorary Maker for his research and development of the mobile Makerspaces in children’s hospitals.
He holds a M.S. in Mechanical Engineering from the University of California at Riverside and a B.E. in Manufacturing Science & Engineering from Bangalore, India. Gokul is passionate about working with children who have chronic illnesses and designing new learning environments and experiences for them, through the development and integration of technologies and 21st century skills.


John Costik

Lead Software Developer, Center for Clinical Innovation - University of Rochester
When my 4 year old son was diagnosed with type 1 diabetes, I turned to technology to help minimize the impact of the disease on his health and his life. Using an Android phone and a Dexcom G4 continuos glucose monitor, I deciphered the USB communications necessary to create a remote blood glucose monitoring system. Connecting and openly collaborating with others impacted by type 1, the open source system known as Nightscout came to fill an intense unmet need for people with diabetes and those that care for them. The community that grew from this need and the desire to help others enjoy its benefits, “CGM in the Cloud,” a Facebook group, is now over 13,000 members strong. Today, I lead software development for the University of Rochester’s Center for Clinical Innovation and I sit on the board of the Nightscout Foundation. At the University of Rochester, I am able to focus my abilities on finding further unmet needs across the entire healthcare landscape, and using technology to help make people happier and healthier. Through improved collaboration and communication between patients, doctors, medical device & consumer electronics companies we can build robust systems that ingest, analyze and communicate data needed to improve an individual’s health.


John Schimmel

Co-founder, DIYAbility
John is a technologist and tinkerer who teaches Developing Assistive Technology and Web Development courses at NYU's Interactive Telecommunications Program. John is the co-founder of DIYAbility, a company in New York City focusing on empowering people with and without disabilities to make their world through technology.


Jose Gomez Marquez (moderator)

Little Devices Lab, MIT
José Gómez-Márquez works on diagnostics at the intersection of health and DIY technologies. He is interested in innovative uses of technology to empower citizens in the process of actively making. He is a three-time MIT IDEAS Competition winner, with two Lemelson Awards for International Technology. In 2009 Technology Review included Gómez-Márquez on its “TR35” list of innovators under 35 and named him Humanitarian of the Year. In 2011 he was selected as a TEDGlobal Fellow.


Lea Yoon

Education Director, Open Style Lab
Lea Yoon is the founding team member and the Education Director at Open Style Lab, a non-profit organization dedicated to creating innovative and stylish clothing for people with disabilities. Initially growing out of a public service project at MIT, Open Style Lab currently provides design consulting service to agencies and individuals who are invested in adaptive clothing designs. Lea is currently finishing her last year at law school at Fordham Law School, where she is a member of the Intellectual Property Law Journal. Her involvement in law is a result of her previous fascination with textual construction, in which she seriously considered the elusive path of scholarship in English Literature and the making of meaning out of words. She holds a B.A. in English Literature from Washington University in St. Louis (which includes a year of reading at University of Oxford, Keble College), and a M.A. from University of Pennsylvania.