MAKE (k)IT is an open source kit that guides a researcher through the co-design process with older adults. The physical outcome of the kit is a wearable pouch customised to the personality and needs of each particular older adult. MAKE (k)IT uses a hands-on design process to create a memorable experience and, through this, to create understanding between individuals who would not normally come in contact with one another. The wider aim of the kit is to create empathy and connection within a community.
The kit can be used by, for example, pupils in a school; students; members of community groups; or anybody who is already working with older adults looking for a new way to engage them.
The outcome of the kit, in addition to the social benefit, is a personalised wearable pouch which embodies memory and story for the older adult and acts as a conversation starter they can treasure. The pouch could be customised to carry medical alarms, health sensors, medication or useful objects such as keys, a mobile phone or a bus pass as chosen by the user. In designing these customisations the kit encourages sensitivity by the researcher to the issues faced by the user.