Global Humanitarian Technology Conference 2013 in San Jose, California

The 23rd of October I presented the study “Key challenges to product design in humanitarian markets” at the IEEE GHTC 2013 conference.

The GHTC conference is an annual event where engineers focusing on the use of technologies to improve human lives. The definition of “humanitarian” is in general a bit broader at the conference than in my project; still there were many interesting, high quality contributions related to energy access, water access, sanitation and preparedness in disaster. Sand water filters, water harvesting systems, software for disaster preparedness, pico hydropower in remote highlands of Peru, biogas for household energy purposes in Zambia were some of the projects presented that caught my attention.

Engineers without borders, USAID, UNHCR, ICRC, FEMA and Google (!) were heavily represented at the conference. This is definitely a conference that I can recommend to people who are interested in technology and development.


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 and about humanitarian design at . I am also a mother of a child who is deaf, and I blog about her language development on
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