Life Designs was a 48-hour hack weekend run by the Ginsberg team that ran from 19th to 21st April 2013 at Inspace on Crighton Street in Edinburgh. It brought together developers, products and service designers, artists, visual and UX/UI designers and people interested in mental health to collaborate and make new and exciting innovation products.

Theme and Brief

The theme of the hack weekend was exploring the role of everyday web and mobile technology, and alternatives to the traditional patient-clinician model.

We wanted participants to make things that help real people cope with anxiety, stress, depression and other common mental health problem and to test out some new ideas and collaborate with others interested in mental health and technology

The event was structured to enable people to collaborate, build something and share what they created with the other participants.

As well as idea generation and feedback sessions, pitches, hacking and show and tell for each project, the weekend featured several talks by speakers including Sir Peter Housden, Richard Wiseman, Dr Chris Williams and Dr Geraldine Bienkowski.

Hack Weekend Resources

The following resources were made available to attendees ahead of the Life Designs hack weekend.

Life Designs Projects

Over 20 concepts were developed at the Life Designs hack weekend. To learn more about each project, click on the links below.

Life Designs Coverage

Pitch Videos

Many of the pitch talks from Life Designs are available to view on the Ginsberg Youtube Channel.

Life Designs Photos

View a series of fantastic images taken at the Life Designs weekend on Flickr.

Future Hack Weekends

The Ginsberg team hope to host more hack weekends in the near future. Keep an eye on the Ginsberg blog and our Twitter account for news about upcoming events.