Drafting a paper for the GLOBAL HUMANITARIAN TECHNOLOGY CONFERENCE 2013 in Sillicon Valley

Together with Ana Laura R. Santos at TU Delft, I am working on a paper for the GHTC conference. The paper looks at the challenges of offering sustainable product innovation in humanitarian markets, and what can be done to improve the development of sustainable solutions, and is based on eight interviews. We will lay forward a number of specific characteristics that make humanitarian markets different from common consumer markets.

“GHTC is a voice amplifier and a forum for hot technological, social, and philosophical debates on the world’s urgent human necessities. The third cross-disciplinary annual conference will again bring together communities and individuals – engineering, science, technology, industry, academe, government agencies, NGOs, charities, funders – interested in applying technology to develop effective solutions for the challenges facing the world’s underserved.”

More information about the conference can be found here: http://www.ieeeghtc.org/

About Brita Fladvad Nielsen

I'm a Postdoctoral researcher at the Norwegian University of Science and Technology. My focus is on Smart Energy Communities in urban settings as well as design of energy-devices for emergency settings and design for humanitarian markets, especially for refugee camps in rural areas of Africa. I blog about my research approach Design Thinking on www.designthinkingresearch.wordpress.com and about humanitarian design at www.designforselfreliance.wordpress.com . I am also a mother of a child who is deaf, and I blog about her language development on Aurorasittsprak.wordpress.com
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