Abbreviation of 'Do it yourself'.  Do it yourself (DIY) is the method of building, modifying, or repairing things without the direct aid of experts or professionals. Academic research describes DIY as behaviors where "individuals engage raw and semi-raw materials and component parts to produce, transform, or reconstruct material possessions, including those drawn from the natural environment (e.g. landscaping)".


Do you have an idea for a care solution that makes everyday life easier? Develop your own prototype in MakeHealth: Prototyping.


The Fabschoolino is the ultimate gift for anyone who loves soldering, electronics, crafts and programming.


Zeven exhibits curated and supported by Waag at the exhibition 'Chronic Health' at the Dutch Design Week 2018.


The last years have seen a growing number of DIY policing-apps assisting citizens in solving crimes themselves. Is this a good development?


For eight weeks, more than 20 participants could be found in the Fab Lab working on an open healthcare solution.


Healthcare demands and solutions are changing rapidly. Open-source hardware will play an important role in the future.


Design, build and discover creative technology. In September 2017, we started the third series of FabSchool of this year, the after-school activity at our Fablab. FabSchool is learning by making.


For our project Smart Kids Lab, I visited the school de Regenboog ('The Rainbow') in Amsterdam (Gein).


Ida Poortinga has won the IMDI Talent award 2015-2016 for her research study on the 3D printed finger splint, that therapists and patients can easily design themselves. The digital design can be send to a company that produces the medical aid with a 3D printer.


Xandra van der Eijk worked at the Open Wetlab for two months and now calls herself a ‘biology pro’. What happened, we wanted to know.


We believe that everyone should have the opportunity to be a creative inventor. With that in mind, Waag is proud to present our new, do-it-yourself mini computer for young creators.


I went to 'Weekandoit' (that was held from 18 to 26 July 2016, at the Mole Vanvitelliana in Ancona, Italy), where Fablabs from Pesaro, Tolentino and Ancona exhanged views with other members of the creative maker movement. We went there to see if our Creative Care Lab can make a connection in the field of healthy ageing and we gave a workshop called 'Creative Industries and Design as a catalyst for entrepreneurship and innovation', together with Creative Cooperative France, at the CreaHub in Macerata.


nspiration and acknowledgment is what MakeHealth is about. MakeHealth is a program that explores how patients and healthcare professionals could create solutions for their own personal challenges. This blogpost aims to give an impression of the changing roles of patients and healthcare professionals by stringing together the statements and visions of the different speakers at the third MakeHealth meetup at Pakhuis de Zwijger.


A DIY-surgery robot doesn’t go without consequences. That stands to reason. But what about a seemingly simple finger splint?


On the 9th of March, the doors of 'Huis de Pinto' were open for everyone interested around the theme of 'MakeHealth'. Healthcare experts, pioneers in DIY healthcare, students, patients and other interested in the topic came together to discuss what is possible when patients and providers take matters into their own hands, and start making solutions for health related challenges themselves.


Sometimes you find find something on Instructables or a similar website that you would like to make yourself, but all the parts you need are hard to get.


It was probably one of the largest one day events that we ever organized: ZigZag. And everything went so well: the weather was good, dozens of successful creative workshops and of course the large numbers of children, teachers, parents and other interested people that visited the Nieuwmarkt square in Amsterdam that day in September 2014. Of all the imagery we created a publication (text in Dutch) that gives a good idea how it was like.


The children that joined our FabSchool Kids centre series started right away with soldering their own mini computer: the Diavolino, a DIY kit by Mad Evil Scientist and a fantastic open-source hardware and software project.


Use mud to generate electricity? Yes, it is possible! During the Dutch television programme ZappLive Pieter and Susanne showed kids how.


A try-out on Instructables suddenly became a hit. The consequence was that after two days the page had more than 60.000 visitors.


Last year at Kickstarter the project Twine was launched, a turquoise box full of sensors. The promise of this device with a standard set of accelerometers, thermometers and other sensors was that you could easily set up a measuring device, that can send you alerts wirelessly when a certain preset condition is met.


Every month we’re hosting a tech item in Zapplive. This time we showed the audience how to do prototying on paper with the app POP.


Our favourite child’s TV-show Zapplive offered us some tips on clothing, a quiz on fishing, and a do-it-yourself on how to built a speakerbox from a can of Pringles or milk carton.