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Lieven De Couvreur

Lecturer & Coordinator D4E1-LAB , Howest Hogeschool

Lieven De Couvreur has a master degree in industrial design engineering. After his graduation he worked several years as a professional designer in the front-end of innovation and has built up a practical experience on co-creation and systematic innovation. He obtained his PhD at the TUDelft on participatory prototyping at the Medisign group within the faculty of industrial design engineering. Today Lieven is active as a full-time lecturer and design researcher within the Industrial Product Design program at Howest. He mainly coordinates the minor “design for wellbeing” and manages the D4E1-lab . The lab implements open-ended design principles within the context of health and wellbeing innovation. Our starting point are always minority groups or lead-users. Through open-ended design we try to meet their specific needs resulting from working conditions, education, community development, and health.


Makerhealth: Facilitating frugal innovation with and for healthcare professionals through medical fablab techniques

Location Einstein ABC Room Start / end time 12:00 pm to 12:20 pm

The general objective of the Makerhealth project is to make frugal innovation accessible with and for healthcare organizations by means of medical fablab techniques. Within the research project we want to facilitate an additional innovation strategy to scale up ‘low tech high impact’ care innovations coming from healthcare professionals. The innovation chain within this project is formed by healthcare organizations (hospitals, elderly care and multifunctional centers), Industrial Product Design students, industrial design agencies. The general objective is divided into two concrete objectives. On the one hand (1) the introduction of fast and effective ways to apply medical fablab techniques within healthcare organisations and linked to (2) reducing the risk within scaling up trajectories to frugal innovations of the ¬†healthprototypes conceived by healthcare professionals.