Lower limb amputation as consequence of war and conflict, has catastrophic effects in terms of an individual’s basic movements and functions, their mental and physical well being and their societal contribution. Recently developed custom made and affordable 3D printed prostheses in combination with affordable gait training of lower-limb amputees has the potential to allow increased access and efficiency to these forms of physiotherapy. We aim for recipes and best practices to create a collection of portable, affordable and “smart” wobble-boards that provides visual and auditory feedback to the patient and can be produced according to local availabilities and restrictions.

Project Team

Daniel Dobos

Daniel is a particle physicist with a 15 year career at CERN working on silicon and diamond detectors as well as project management, large-scale data acquisition and analysis for the ATLAS experiment and the Large Hadron Collider. Daniel co-funded THE Port humanitarian hackathons at CERN, was program coordinator for the Geneva Global Goals Innovation Day (G3iD) and worked as Foresight & Futures Head for the United Nations hosted Global Humanitarian Lab (GHL).

Domenico Vicinanza

Domenico is a Senior Lecturer at Anglia Ruskin University in Cambridge, where he is also the director of the Sound And Game Engineering (SAGE) research group. He received his PhD in physics working at the R&D for particle physics detectors at the Large Hardon Collider (LHC) at CERN. He is a professional music composer and orchestrator and he is also a technical trainer for GÉANT, the European Network for Research and Education. He currently works with Dr Genevieve Williams on designing bespoke sensors and using spectral analysis and data sonification in biomechanics, motor control and sport science.

Enrico Bassi

Enrico graduated in “Design&Engineering” at Politecnico di Milano, was the coordinator of the first italian Fablab in 2011. He teaches “digital fabrication”and “industrial production” in NABA (Milan), SUPSI (Lugano) and LABA (Brescia), and he is instructor for the international course “Fab Academy”. He is coordinating Fablab Opendot in Milan since 2014 and during the last three years he has been involved in different project that aim to co-design with people facing physical limitation, the products they need, using digital fabrication to reduce the costs and speed up the development.

Genevieve Williams

Genevieve is a Human Movement Scientist based at the University of Exeter, UK. Her specialisms are the study of biomechanics and motor control. She works with Dr Domenico Viciananza on a number of sonification projects for health and art.

Joe Gaylord

Joe is a freelance innovation consultant originally from the US. He lived in Geneva working on organizational communication, innovation, social entrepreneurship and ICT4D from 2011 until this summer. In July he moved to Bologna Italy and started working with the Social Digital Innovation Initiative, a project building connections between technology and communities to develop and incubate social startups. He has also worked and written on gender, feminism, religion, public health, theatre, political science, pop culture and a range of other issues.

Kitty Liao

Kitty is an entrepreneur, engineer and innovator. She is a hackathon enthusiast and she has been with THE Port since its launch in 2014. She has 10+ years of experience in low-temperature and multi-disciplinary systems, user-centred design, vaccine cold-chain in hard-to-reach and remote areas, design for low-resource settings, prototyping and project management. She is founder and CEO of Ideabatic, an award-winning social enterprise. She is an Enterprise Fellow at the Royal Academy of Engineering (UK). Kitty enjoys travelling, designing and making her own clothes, cooking and swimming.

Lamia Benaouali

Lamia is an Information Systems and Technology Engineer and currently studying Artificial Intelligence and Web, Ensimag – Grenoble INP. Her dream is to revolutionize education systems through technology. She likes astronomy, mangas and Ford Mustang.

Maurizio Alì

Maurizio is an anthropologist experienced with long-term fieldwork in remote and conflictive zones. He lived during several years with indigenous and autochthonous communities in the Amazon rainforest and in the South Seas. Also, as a journalist, researcher and humanitarian worker, he witnessed the social violence in Colombia and Albania, working in close contact with the victims of war. At the present day, he is living in Martinique, a French ultramarine territory in the Caribbean Sea, where he spends his time teaching, writing, reading and listening reggae on the beach.

Miguel Gómez-Escolar

Miguel has a science background (bachelor on Physics) and received his PhD in Climate Dynamics by Universidad Complutense of Madrid. After finishing his academia phase, he decided to move into the private sector where now works part time as Crop Production Analyst. Rest of his time he is trying to collaborate on projects related to climate change adaptation and food security.

Nishanie Jayamaha

Nishanie has over 14 years of experience with UN agencies, governmental institutions, and NGOs. She has worked in the gender and humanitarian field since 2000 with the Centre for Women’s Research (CENWOR), Humanitarian Information Centre (HIC), Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA), the World Humanitarian Summit Secretariat at country, regional, and headquarters levels and at Professionals in Humanitarian Assistance and Protection. She is at present the Learning and Program Coordinator at the International Council of Voluntary Agencies (ICVA) in Geneva. Her experience includes managing emergencies ranging from sudden-onset disasters to complex emergencies and building partnerships with NGOs, UN agencies, Member States, Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies, donors, and non-traditional actors.

Samuel Orn

During the week Sam works as a Machine Learning R&D engineer at Pix4D, where he develops state of the art solutions to computer vision problems. Before that, he worked on developing a semi autonomous inspection vehicle for the CMS cavern at CERN. At university he studied Applied Physics and Electrical Engineering, with a specialization in Mechatronics. This is Sam’s second time joining The Port’s hackathon. The last time was back in 2017 and he is hoping this year’s edition will be just as fun.

Stella Orfanelli

Stella is an electronics engineer working for the CMS experiment at CERN. For her PhD she designed a beam background detector system and as a post-doc, she joined the CMS tracker upgrade team as a system engineer. In her spare time, she loves participating in CERN outreach activities focusing on students such as Beam Lines for Schools, S’cool Lab and the International Masterclasses. Her capoeira nickname is Risadinha.

Zim Hang

Zim is a 2x tech founder with one technology acquisition. He’s a growth and ops generalist with a passion for psychology and neuroscience.​ Zim enjoys leading small interdisciplinary teams and creating environments for them to thrive.


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