Latest News: Deep Games Workshops 2017

There has been some inquiry about the Deep Games Workshops in connection with the Call for Initiatives to Hack Health and Social Care.  For some clarity to everyone, just a brief status update to where we are in the planning.

Due to official reasons, the Deep Games workshops scheduled to take place in Geneva at CERN, and in Milan are in the process of being rescheduled for the early part of 2017. The dates, time and venues will be advised shortly.


We continue our promise of bridging the gap between mainstream health care and community health care by embracing a collective approach. Just a reminder, if you have a story about receiving or giving care and you think it can be replicated elsewhere, or you have a maker approach in designing DIY health instruments and devices, we want to hear from you. We're always interested in new initiatives. 

For other inquiries about the Call or the workshops, reach us at opencare@scimpulse.org

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Science! The Opera

Art or Science? 

They seem like opposites, one driven by data and the other by emotion. Have we bridged art and science? Both are inquisitive with a fearless approach to the unknown.  

Susanna Wong, External Collaborator at CERN, SIAE Composer and Art Director of POP Science Poetry Production says, “Opera needs to be reinvented, because if it does not change, it slowly disappears”.  An opera performance is an extraordinary production using sight, hearing, imagination and sensibility of the audience where all human passions are at work. This art form needs a fresh perspective joining all the components and blending their expressiveness in a effort to understand, or should I say understand better, the world and how it works. 

The multicultural journey

Susanna was born in Ecuador, of Chinese origin, a naturalized Italian citizen, living in Geneva. Susanna’s multi-cultural background and natural passion for communication, music, dance, science and literature paved the way for curiosity. Her journey began in 2006 when she started mixing science and the arts together, developing POP Science poetry, an out-reach program of CERN funded by the European Union. An initiative that brought poets together with physicists to help share their fascination of science through poetry.

This project proved to be a success, which inspired her to think out of bounds. With her passion for the arts, and the intense feeling that the latest discoveries of science are meaningful only if people are aware of them and the research involved. Susanna was challenged, how can she make the connection?

Susanna’s inspiration stems back to her early adult years when she felt inspired by reading about the discoveries that were changing the world. She had a feeling of intrigue that scientists were grasping the change.She recognized it was not easy for scientists and researchers in the past, as they were considered absurd when they first introduced their findings to the world, but later found they changed humanity for the better.

Despite its unquestionable importance, we must recognize that science does not always lend itself to uncomplicated explanation. Facts are questioned, in favour of emotion and gut feeling.  What if we could explain these findings in a way that everyone could understand and at the same time reintroduce an old art form that represents the clearest embodiment of music, orchestration, elaborate performances, and grand stories?

Sounds of science

The OPERA Project - a mix of art and science to create a modern opera and a powerful channel to reflect and tell a story. Susanna’s vision is to realize a creative development with collaboration of artists, authors, musicians, actors, directors and choreographers to produce a production that will make opera come alive again in a most unusual way.
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Her mission is to express the two sides of understanding, one rational, the other emotional. Scientists and their emotions: highs and lows, the elation of making a breakthrough and the misery of not doing so. Modern physics being unfamiliar to most people, will have the platform to share idea through a creative collaboration.

Preserving the Opera

Science applauds the beauty of their concepts and equations. On the other hand, as humans we are intensely visual creatures. It will be extraordinary to use art to translate those concepts and equations into forms that are visual, and that wide audience can admire and enjoy.The production of Opera has diminished, mainly for the appearance of new forms of entertainment.

  “These rarely reflect the new vision of the world”, says Susanna Wong.

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Instruments, musicians and vocals together giving strength to the other: a new message, new insight and emotions are appearing. Exactly the same process that occurs during collaboration over scientific research. The Opera project will tell the story of inspired new discoveries and science with a 360 degree view. It will be written together by a global community of scientists, artists and choreographers.

The Opera project will be a collaboration with NASA, LIGO and IdeaSquare, CERN and International Opera Award in Italy. An integration of science, art and education in creative ways providing potential and the much needed framework for new ways of questioning and knowledge creation. 

As of now, this project is in the early stages of development.Subscribe to our blog and follow us on Twitter or Facebook while science through arts will revive the Opera and its heritage. 

Interested to know more? Or, to help realize this project, contact us at opera@scimpulse.org

echOpen-the hand-held ultrasound

Over the past decade with technological advances in ultrasound allowing what was once a large machine to become essentially a hand-held device. With this convenience, of ultraportable ultrasound scanners came the cost of several thousand euros. In the operating room, surgeons can in real time see inside the human body using advanced imaging techniques, but primary care givers, the healthcare professionals in those remote areas who are on the front lines of diagnosing illnesses, haven't had access to the same technology. How could we use technology to improve health care making it low-cost and affordable?

Smartphone Ultrasound

According to Olivier De Fresnoye, combining the use technology, community and a device that almost everyone has in his/her pocket, they should be able to do just that. Being able to produce a medical image that can then transport to a smartphone or laptop, making it an affordable hand-held echo-stethoscope. It’s a device that every health care provider will want to carry in their pocket - allowing for faster and more accurate diagnosis, which means faster and better medical care. Saving the lives of mothers who die in developing countries during their pregnancies and create more interactions between professionals and patients. Portable ultrasound machines are typically used in situations where the immediate space is limited and mobility is important, or the scanning must be done in the field. Making portability a key issue.

Let’s meet echOpen


Olivier De Fresnoye, Innovator and adviser spent many years working in International and Industrial companies before entering the humanitarian field in Southeast Asia. It was during this time that he acknowledged that with technology and an open community to connect people, most of the tools were already in place to empower healthcare providers. 

The idea started out as a discussion between friends: an engineer, a mathematician, physician and a radiologist. As the discussion started with smartphones it ended in a question: How could we use smartphone technology to improve health care, considering that now almost everyone have one?  This idea emerged as a combination of their passion for open technology and community engagement. Using technologies already in existence, with a bit of modification is economical and perfectly functional to make their idea come true. 

Open source hardware

echOpen is an Open Source and collaborative project led by a core of experts and senior professionals that aims to develop the first Open Source Hardware and low cost ultrasound probe connected to a smartphone or tablet. This initiative is aimed to healthcare professionals in emerging countries as well as in developed countries,
The collaboration of professionals are in an open space with an ecosystem of researchers, community members, professionals in ultrasound technology an, radiologists, echography and medical laboratories. Through collaboration their vision is being realized.

“We strongly believe that Open Source and affordable approach and principles in medical devices are the means by which quality healthcare can be provided to all”, says Olivier De Fresnoye



The echOpen initiative echOpen is supported by the Fondation Pierre Fabre, with the support that the concept could be used in Africa, where doctors lack medical imaging devices. Mr. De Fresnoye and his team is planning to design the first medical prototype by 2017 to launch clinical trials with their medical partners and produce the first product. The widespread innovative use of mobile technologies it’s allowing initiatives like echOpen to improve health and health care delivery.

This could be a game changer.  It’s quick and easy to use. It can expedite diagnosis. With some countries not having access to ultrasound, due to the cost or not being portable enough. This initiative could be putting imaging within the economic reach of healthcare professionals globally. 

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