My Add On
I’m Marie Van den Broeck, just turned 25 this summer and I’m an Industrial Engineer Designer, so in short, I have the coolest job in the world, being an inventor! Ever since I was little, I love to solve problems. Whenever I see one, I’m already starting to think of possible solutions. Lucky for me, the medical sector still offers plenty of problems, which is why I love to invent solutions for people who really need them. It’s hard work, but it’s so satisfying to see customers happy again because of your product.
About My Add On:
My Add On pimps crutches and wheelchairs, not only to make them look better, but also to make them more comfortable. How? By designing universal add-ons that fit onto any crutch or wheelchair.
The story of My Add On began in my masters year Industrial Engineer Design. My grandmother had to use crutches and even though she never complains, she did about the crutches; her hands hurt, the crutches would always fall down, etc. That’s when I thought that somebody has to do something about that.
Since I was a designer anyway, I thought: “Why don’t I do it myself?”. So I started making prototypes and kept testing them with test users until they were satisfied about the product. It was a long way of ups and downs and looking back, I’m really proud of what I have achieved during and after my studies.