Finding Appropriate Technologies to Help the Poor

The International Development Design Summit brings together academic and non-academic people from around the world to collaborate on developing products and services to improve the lives of poor people.



This story by Megan Lindow, in The Chronicle of Higher Education, reminds us that this work is not about technology for technology’s sake, but rather it is about discovering the appropriate technology to address a specific challenge.

“While the technologies themselves are neither earth-shattering nor elegant (teams have only five weeks to conceptualize, design, build, and refine their products), what’s innovative about the summit, its organizers say, is its emphasis on design as a collaborative and creative process. It assumes that the farmers and chiefs in the villages for which these products are destined have at least as much to add to the designs as do engineers with Ph.D.’s.” READ THE FULL ARTICLE


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