First International Conference on Open Source Medical Technologies

By | September 3, 2018

The First International Conference for Open Source Medical Technologies was held on the 1st and 2nd September 2018, at the Conference Center Le Benedettine of University of Pisa.  Over 100 delegates from 4 continents and 20 different nationalities attended the two-day event, endorsed by EAMBES, the Tuscany Region, and the City of Pisa, and supported by Fondazione Arpa

The conference was articulated into 4 thematic sessions, focused on the recent developments on open source medical devices, on new methodologies for teaching collaborative biomedical engineering, on clinical needs in low resource settings and in high-income countries and on ethical problems  introduced by new technologies in healthcare

During the Closing Ceremony of the conference, the preview of the UBORA e-infrastructure was presented by prof. Arti Ahluwalia, the UBORA coordinator.

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Results of the Second stage of the UBORA Design Competition are on line!

By | June 9, 2018

Dear participants,

the results of the second stage UBORA design competition 2018 are online!

From a total of 79 submitted projects for the second stage, for the 28 best-ranked projects travel and full-board will be provided for one team member to attend the First Conference on Collaborative Biomedical Engineering for Open Source Medical Technologies and the UBORA Design School to be held at University of Pisa from 1st to 2nd and from 3rd to 7th September 2018, respectively.

Full board accommodation will be provided to projects ranked in the range 29-31, thanks to the scholarships provided by Protocentral and Bercella.

For the other projects, because they were nevertheless an excellent contribution, one team member will be invited to attend the Conference and the UBORA Design School, too.

Priority for enrollment will be given accordingly to the final ranking, up to a total of 40 participants.

However, we cannot provide any travel or accommodation costs: the team member has to provide his/her own expenses or request a travel bursary from their university.

All the participants will be personally contacted by our Management Office, for detailed instructions, regarding travel and accommodation. 

Finally, we will invite ALL of you to participate in the UBORA e-infrastructure to further develop your projects, which will take you through the design, classification and fabrication process. You will be able to co-create with other designers with the help of mentors from industry and academia. We hope to count on you as pioneers for the design of safe and open medical devices to enable access to quality healthcare for all.

Meeting stakeholders at EASTECO conference

By | May 20, 2018
The East African Science and Technology Commission (EASTECO) hosted the 2nd East African Community (EAC) Regional E-Health & Telemedicine Workshop, Ministerial Conference and International Trade Exhibition from May 15-18 2018 at the Kigali Convention and Exhibition Village in Kigali, Rwanda.
The main objective of the conference was to provide a high level dialogue with different stakeholders on how technology can enhance healthcare delivery, brainstorm on the issue of ICT technologies in particular those related to e-health, how to enhance usage of e-platforms in East Africa and what should be done to improve and strengthen ICT applications for health. The Clinical and Medical Equipment Assessment Study in Uganda under the UBORA project was presented under the theme: ‘technology and innovation in strengthening EAC partner states’ infrastructure and e-readiness for improved healthcare delivery’.

Patient Safety by Open Design

By | May 12, 2018

At the Special Workshop on Patient Safety in Ottawa, organized under the endorsement of IFMBE, the UBORA coordinator Arti Ahluwalia presented the benefits of open source design of medical devices:  accessibility, sustainability, and improved performance and safety because everyone can review the design dossier. The use of open source approach and appropriate technologies can reduce the development cost of a medical device.


Open-source biomedical devices for reinventing the medical industry

By | May 5, 2018

CORDIS, the Community Research and Development Information Service, published a nice paper about UBORA,  presenting it collaborative and open source approach for medical device design which will help address patients’ needs and citizens’ views.

In the spirit of Kahawa Declaration, UBORA “will enable the transformation of the field of biomedical engineering towards the democratisation of medical technology.” It is shifting the current paradigm where patients, doctors and engineers have no choice but to accept medical technology without a say in its design, development or usability.

For the full paper, visit the CORDIS portal.

Design Competition 2018: results of the first stage

By | March 30, 2018

A total of 126 projects were submitted, and of these 87 were selected to go to the second stage. At this link, you can find the list of eligible projects. We want to thank all of you for participating with passion and enthusiasm in this competition.

Instructions for participating to the second stage are available on the competition page.


We will invite you ALL to participate in the UBORA e-infrastructure to further develop your projects: you will receive the invitation by email. You will be able to co-create with other designers with the help of mentors from industry and academia.


The UBORA managing group has been nominated

By | January 28, 2018

The UBORA consortium is pleased to announce that the UBORA managing group has been nominated. The group, as foreseen in the work plan for the development of the e-infrastructure, has the mission to supervise the activities on UBORA e-infrastructure, such as promoting the discussions on the forums, formalizing engineering problems starting from medical needs.

The group is composed of talented PhD and master students, designers and technicians from UBORA partners. Click the names to see their profiles.

1Licia Di PietroUniversity of PisaPhD student
2 Friedrich KaasikUniversity of TartuPhD student
3 Duncan KamauKenyatta UniversityTechnician
4Paul NiyitangaUIRIDesigner
5Hudson KagodaUIRIDesigner
6Adrian MartinezUniversidad Politecnica de MadridMaster student
7Rodrigo ZapataUniversidad Politecnica de MadridMaster student


UBORA design competition 2018 has been launched

By | January 10, 2018

The UBORA design competition 2018, announced during the closing ceremony of the UBORA design school in Nairobi,  officially started in the first days of January.

The competition seeks innovative biomedical engineering solutions from students (individuals or teams) addressing healthcare problems faced by the ageing society promoting Healthy Ageing, enabling individuals to live both longer and healthier lives, or can be used in treatments of age-related diseases, syndromes, and disabilities.

For the best-ranked projects, travel from the university town to Pisa and back and full-board will be provided for one team member to attend the UBORA Design School 2018 to be held at University of Pisa (Pisa – Italy) from 3rd to 7th September 2018.

The first stage deadline is on March 1st: you can find all the information here.

You can also help us in disseminating the competition by printing and attaching the competition flyer in your university! Thanks in advance!

UBORA Design School 2017

By | December 18, 2017

The First design school, one of the cornerstone of UBORA, was held the second week of December 2017. Students, with the help of mentors, spent an intense week at Kenyatta University, in Nairobi (Kenya), learning how to design affordable and safe medical devices.

The school is one of the instruments that the UBORA project has planned promote the open-source approach in biomedical engineering through its e-infrastructure, whose current version is named “Kahawa” from the name of the area where Kenyatta University is placed.

The e-infrastructure was presented during the Opening Ceremony of the School, in presence of local authorities, including the Vice Chancellor of Kenyatta University, and representatives of the United Nations Economic Commission for Africa (UNECA)

A moment of the Opening Ceremony with authorities of Kenyatta Universities and UNECA

The school offered to students classes on projects development, according to CDIO approach, empowered with lessons on medical device regulation and usability. Specific workshops on electronic and physical prototyping gave students additional tools for completing the projects assigned per groups at the beginning of the school. 

One of the workshops, held by Prof. Mannan Mridha of KTH

Speeches from international recognized experts gave them opportunity to understand the current and future trends in the field of biomedical engineering and its relevance in healthcare systems.

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