Discussion Panels

Makerspace experiences with inclusion and diversity:
Canadian and African cases

Moderator: Prof. Hanan Anis

  • Jasmin Winter, Graduate student in the Master's in Development Practice program at the University of Winnipeg, Research Assistant for the Transactive Memory Keepers project
  • Justine Boudreau, Makerspace Officer and Makermobile Instructor, uOttawa Richard L’Abbé Makerspace and Makermobile; and Student, uOttawa Faculty of Engineering
  • Nicole Tumaine, Research and Project Assistant, Open African Innovation Research Partnership (Open AIR), uOttawa Centre for Law, Technology and Society
  • Dr Chris Armstrong , Open African Innovation Research Partnership (Open AIR), uOttawa Center for Law, Technology and Society (CLTS); and Visiting Fellow, LINK Centre, University of the Witwatersrand (Wits), Johannesburg, South Africa
  • Nagham El Houssamy, Researcher and North Africa Hub Coordinator, Open African Innovation Research Partnership (Open AIR); and Research Coordinator, Access to Knowledge for Development Center (A2K4D), The American University in Cairo (AUC), Egypt
There is evidence of maker collectives in both African and Canadian settings seeking to foster dynamics of socioeconomic inclusion and diversity. The panelists will discuss efforts by maker collectives in Canada, Uganda, South Africa and Egypt to build these dynamics. The Canadian examples will be drawn from the work of the University of Winnipeg's Transactive Memory Keepers project and of the uOttawa Richard L’Abbé Makerspace and Makermobile. The African examples will draw on findings by researchers belonging to the Open African Innovation Research Partnership (Open AIR), which is headquartered at the University of Ottawa Faculty of Law's Center for Law, Technology and Society (CLTS) and the University of Cape Town Faculty of Law, with additional hubs in East, West and North Africa.

Making in Medicine

Moderator: Adnan Sheikh MD

  • Frank Rybicki MD, Future of 3D printing
  • Dimitrios Mitsouras PhD, 3D printing medical applications
  • Leonid Chepelev MD, software and technique
  • Daniel La Russa, Virtual reality
3D printing is revolutionizing the way we practice medicine. 3D models are created from DICOM images obtained from Computed tomography and Magnetic resonance imaging to create medical models and patient specific medical guides. The workshops will cover discussions on several topics, which include preprinting considerations, part reproducibility, printing process characterization, software used in the process, post-processing and process validation. In addition, we will discuss the role of Virtual reality in medicine with emphasis of technique and medical applications.

Making the world accessible

Moderator: Justine Boudreau

  • Bocar N’Diaye, Assistive Technologist, Bruyère Continuing Care
  • Yih Lerh Huang PhD FRSA, Volunteer, Bruyère Continuing Care
  • Mohamed Elsageyer, Assistive Technologist Intern, Bruyère Continuing Care; and Student, Bachelor of Applied Science in Computer Engineering, uOttawa Faculty of Engineering
  • Steve Crane, Job Coach
  • Marie-Claude Gagnon, Accessibility Policy Officer, Human Rights Office, University of Ottawa
As our technology becomes more advanced there is an opportunity to greatly improve the lives of people who live with a disability. The panelists will discuss efforts by St-Vincent Hospital in Ottawa, the uOttawa Richard L’Abbé Makerspace design courses and uOttawa Humans Rights Office to create technology that makes lives more independent. St-Vincent Hospital deals with our continuously aging population as well as people who have complex care needs and is trying to find new ways to help their patients do tasks with the help of technology. uOttawa Faculty of Engineering offers a product design course where the students are tasked to help one person or a group of people with a specific need (e.g. operate the TV with your foot).