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Femtech Workshop at FabLab RUC

On the 14th of November, creative minds, innovators, and tech enthusiasts gathered at FabLab, Roskilde University, for a groundbreaking FemTech seminar and workshop. The event aimed to explore the convergence of technology and women’s health, inviting participants to develop innovative solutions that address various aspects of women’s health and well-being. Organized by Vanessa Julia Carpenter of Kintsugi Design, the seminar began with an introduction to the femtech landscape, shedding light on innovations, needs, and the investment landscape in the field. Dr. Sonal Pendharkar Kulkarni from Uvisa Health, presented an inspiring case of a femtech startup. Themed “Speculative Uterus,” the workshop encouraged participants to think beyond conventional boundaries and explore imaginative ideas, technologies, and solutions related to women’s health. The day unfolded with talks from femtech experts, brainstorming sessions for idea generation, and hands-on prototyping opportunities with the assistance of FabLab’s resources, including 3D-printers and laser-cutters. The ultimate goal of the workshop was to create a collection of prototypes that exemplify new approaches to FemTech and Menotech. These prototypes, ranging from hardware devices to art projects and web platforms, were envisioned to elevate women’s health and experiences. The collaborative environment facilitated networking among participants, mentors, and industry experts, fostering discussions and potential collaborations. Fast forward to the aftermath of this exciting event, we are thrilled to present the innovative femtech prototypes that emerged from the workshop. Participants, fuelled by creativity and passion, transformed ideas into tangible designs, ranging from early paper prototypes to sophisticated electronic and 3D-printed models. One standout project came from the “menopause tech” team, who developed a device combining pleasure, exercise, and comfort expression. The device transformed data from kegel exercises into a statement necklace, complete with lights to communicate daily menopause symptoms, aiming to empower women and break taboos surrounding menopause.

“you should think there was a huge market for menopause tech since this is something every woman has to go through, compared to for example, fertility tech (reproductive tech). Fertility (pregnancy) is not something every woman has to go through, because not everyone wants children. But every woman has to go through menopause, and this is over many years where as pregnancy is a one or two time thing”

explained one of our workshop participants. Another remarkable creation was the “scoliosis tech” prototype, a diagnostic chair with pressure points to measure posture. This innovative solution aimed to detect signs of scoliosis early on, particularly crucial for young girls who are often diagnosed late and may require surgery. The success of these prototypes lies not only in their functionality but also in the collaborative spirit that fueled their creation. As a testament to the collaborative effort, all participants will retain ownership of their concepts, with the prototypes set to be published online to ignite debates, discussions, and potential collaborations for future product development. In closing, we extend our heartfelt thanks to all participants for their invaluable contributions. The FemTech seminar and workshop not only unleashed creativity but also set the stage for a future where technology elevates women’s health in unprecedented ways. Stay tuned for more updates and exciting developments on the horizon!