BarnRaise 2015: Designing for Improved Access to Care

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BarnRaise 2015: Designing for Improved Access to Care

Time: October 12, 2015 at 4:30pm to October 14, 2015 at 8pm
Location: IIT Institute of Design
Street: 350 North LaSalle Street
City/Town: Chicago, IL 60654
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Phone: 312.595.4900
Event Type: conference
Organized By: IIT Institute of Design
Latest Activity: Jun 30, 2015

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Event Description

BarnRaise is a uniquely structured maker-conference that connects design firms, community-based organizations, and participants to address a social topic embedded in the Chicago community. Under the facilitation of a design firm, participants will work in multi-disciplinary teams to develop a user-centered understanding of a problem posed by a community organization and prototype viable solutions.

At BarnRaise 2015 we will be cross-pollinating design and healthcare. 

Access to quality healthcare is a universal issue. In Chicago, proper healthcare services are still inaccessible to many people. We invite healthcare practitioners, designers, healthcare administrators, graduate students, and beyond to participate. Together we will reexamine the patient user journey in the access to care space with this timely conversation and co-creation of human-centered opportunities for impact.

An Introduction to BarnRaise from IIT Institute of Design on Vimeo.


BarnRaise 2015 will feature a host of impressive partners. Design firm partners include ThoughtWorks, Moment, Razorfish, Mad*Pow, Design Concepts, Borough & Block, Toad & Tadpole, Hatch Valley, Reve Consulting, INSITUM, Wishful Thinking and more. Each of these companies will facilitate a team, guiding participants in applying design methods and prototyping for a challenge proposed by one of our community partners.

This year's incredible Chicago-based community partners include Broadway Youth Center, Janus Choice, Thresholds, CareTree, Smart Chicago Collaborative, Chicago Department of Transportation, Chicago AMWA Consortium, YMCA of the USA, Illinois Hospital Association, Chicago Women's Health Center and more. 

Register here and visit our website and blog to learn more about the conference, our partners, and awesome work being done at the nexus of design and access to care!

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