Newsletter January
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Dear reader,

Great to see that you are willing to get into some updates surrounding our project. First of all, on behalf of the whole team of MARCH, we wish you a very happy and healthy 2018! Our team has already kickstarted the new year: The end of the design phase is even in sight! Therefore, we will spend some extra attention on the technical developments within our project. But, of course, the usual events will also be discussed. Have fun reading!

On behalf of the whole team of Project MARCH,

Robbert de Lange and Magali Ponds

Previous month

PR Campaign
For the past month, the Project MARCH social media was dedicated to the PR Campaign #WhyMARCH. In this campaign different people who are involved in our project stated why they believed in the exoskeleton technology. During this seven-week series, we tried to illuminate the exoskeleton technology from different perspectives, backgrounds and interests. In the past newsletter there has already been a short midterm update of the contributions, but ever since the series is completed now we want to showcase the complete overview as well. With pride, we look back on a number of very valuable, unique and remarkable items. Think of HRH Prince Constantijn, Startup Envoy of the Netherlands, and Chris Oomen, CEO of DSW Health Insurances. Underneath you will find a collage of all contributions.
Contributions in order f.l.t.r.:
Eiso Vaandrager Founder of Project MARCH
Karel Luyben Rector Magnificus TU Delft
Ilse van Nes Medical Doctor Specialized in Rehabilitation Medicine
Chris Oomen CEO DSW
Ruben de Sain Pilot team MARCH II
Jos Dekkers Chairman of the Dutch SCI Association
HRH Prince Constantijn van Oranje Startup Envoy of the Nederlands
On Monday the 18th of December, just before the Holidays, Project MARCH participated in the 'Kenniscafé' in the Balie. An initiative from the Volkskrant, KNAW, NEMO Sciencelink and De Balie. This night was devoted to the theme 'Superhero Science': To which extent does science already manage to realise fictional superheroes in reality? Superheroes are of course an amazing illustration of our technological progress. Obviously, our project fits this theme well and therefore our PR Manager, Magali Ponds, was one of the guest speakers during this night. Wondering how the interview went? The livestream is still available to be watched on the website of de Balie or via this link. (around 52 min)

Technical Update

Sjaan visiting the Dreamhall
Our pilot, Sjaan, visited the D:DREAMhall on wednesday 6th of December to give feedback and brainstorm about our choices that we've made for the design of the exoskeleton. For example, Sjaan looked together with Maxine, our Machine Interface Engineer, at the optimisation of the buttons on the 'Input Device'. Sjaan also evaluated the design choices and thought of new ideas together with the other projects: Joint, Frame and Communication. By means of these, at least monthly, sessions we try to focus on co-creation whilst we are in our design process. Sjaan is very enthusiastic about the project progress so far. We, as a team, are also very happy that co-creation can be such a leading factor in our project. It could not be possible without the enthusiasm and the input of Sjaan.

Besides this visit, Sjaan also visited us on wednesday the 3th of January to give new feedback on further choices in the process. Issues that were suggested in the previous session were also evaluated and further optimized in this session. To give an impression of the day, we added some photos below.

Upcoming month

Project MARCH will launch a crowdfunding campagn in the upcoming month as a follow-up on the campaign #WhyMARCH. On wednesday the 10th of January the campaign will go live, where we ask for a donation to purchase the joints of the exoskeleton (the MARCH III). Our Social Media will then be completely dedicated to this campaign. But, of course, we can't do this alone. We need your help! By sharing our posts, we will reach a bigger audience and you will have a chance of winning prizes yourself. Our goal is to reach €10.000 and to reach it, any donations are most welcome. Of course, every donor will be rewarded an acknowledgement for his or her support! Keep an eye on our Social Media! You can soon find the crowdfunding campaign on www.supporttudelft.nl or follow us on Facebook.

In short, we are looking forward to a month full of fun and important activities, with the Crowdfunding campaign as highlight of course. Step by step, we are getting closer to our final design of the exoskeleton. Enough exciting news to talk about in the next newsletter! See you then!
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