UNESCO Chair in Technologies for Development: What is Essential?
4-6 June 2014 | EPFL, Lausanne, Switzerland
AM – 10.30-12:30 – Fri. 6 June 2014 – SwissTech Convention Centre
PM – 14.30-16:30 – Fri. 6 June 2014 – SwissTech Convention Centre
The overarching theme of the session will be “Identifying the opportunities and constraints women face in accessing technologies and finding quality employment in the renewable energy sector in developing countries and emerging economies”. Within this theme there will be three sub-topics: 1) Access to technology and resultant employment opportunities; 2) Advancing the leadership of women in the renewable energy sector and 3) Gender dimensions of renewable energy policies and programs.
- Terrapon-Pfaff Julia, Wuppertal Institute for Climate, Environment and Energy (Germany), Analyzing the Role of Women along the Project Cycle of Small-Scale Sustainable Energy Projects in Developing Countries
- Fernández-Baldor Álvaro, Universitat Politècnica de València (Spain), Gender, Energy and Inequalities: a Capability Approach Analysis of Renewable Electrification Projects in Cajamarca, Peru
- Sesan Temilade, University of Ibadan (Nigeria), Deconstructing ‘Discriminatory’ Technologies: Insights into Inclusive Development from Improved Cookstove Projects in Nigeria
- Abdelnour Samer, London School of Economics and Political Science (United Kingdom), Technologizing Humanitarian Space: Darfur Advocacy and the Rape-Stove Panacea
- Mahajan Siddha, The Energy and Resources Institute (India), Decentralised Energy Solutions for Women Empowerment: A Case Study Of SELCO-SEWA Bank Model in Gujarat
The leading question is: how can the living lab concept be made effective for the purpose of accelerating sustainable urban and rural development in developing countries. Related questions are: What are the limits and opportunities and practical implementation approaches of the concept. How will the concept be useful for development and exploitation of new technologies for sustainable development, and how can entrepreneurship and development be boosted along social innovation and empowerment. How can the newer platform technologies and mobile applications be applied to accelerate sustainable development.
- Hongisto Patrizia, Middle East University (Lebanon), Open Innovation for Development
- van Rensburg Johann (Rensie), CSIR – Council for Scientific and Industrial Research (South Africa), Beyond ‘Technology for Development’ and ‘Sustainability’ towards Systemic and Holistic Rural Innovation: Success Factors from the Southern African Experience over 20 Years
- Cunningham Paul, International Information Management Corporation (Ireland), Living Labs in a Developing Country Context
- Martin Benjamin, Ecole Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne (Switzerland), Participatory Language Technologies as Core Systems for Sustainable Development Activities
- De Filippi Francesca, Politecnico di Torino (Italy), The Use of ICT for Social Inclusion and Participative Planning. A Case Study of “South-North” Technology Transfer
- Musa Michael W., Ahmadu Bello University (Nigeria), Creating Linkages, Meeting Innovation Needs for Sustainability of Post-harvest Systems: Insights from Nigeria
- Riggs Conor, iDE-Bangladesh (Bangladesh), Facilitating Adoption of an Open Innovation Approach to Rural Sanitation in Bangladesh by the Private Sector through Enhanced Market Linkages within a “Living Lab Business Model”
Submissions from the following relevant fields are welcomed: Operational water resources management, including hydrometeorology, also and especially in the context of dryland irrigation agriculture in the semi-arid and arid regions; Public health and livelihood improvements with regard to access to safe water, e.g. for regions affected by geogenic groundwater contamination; Disaster risk reduction through early warning and forecasting with a focus on hydro-meteorological extremes, including floods, mudflows, droughts, etc.; Payments for water services for improved accountability of water through remote metering and permitting / controlling. Together with the Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation Global Water Programme Initiatives, the aim is to organize a session that is broad in the sense that it provides insights into recent development around these topics while inviting are wide range of contributions from all fields mentioned above and across disciplines, including from natural and social sciences and humanities.
- Lüthi Beat, photrack AG (Switzerland), Furrow Runoff Measurement App for Smartphones
- Bouleau Clemence, Ecole Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne (Switzerland), Low-Cost Wireless Sensor Networks for Dry Land Irrigation Agriculture in Burkina Faso
- Bolay Matthieu, Haute Ecole ARC (Switzerland), Designing Technology with Users: Potential and Challenges of the Anthropotechnology Approach in a Tanzanian Case
- Soutter Marc, Ecole Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne (Switzerland), An e-Atlas to Support Integrated Water Resources Management in the Orontes River Basin
- Eamen Leila, K. N. Toosi University of Technology (Iran), Agricultural Development Role in Urmia Lake Crisis, Iran
The session focuses on the processes by which teams of students and professors from rich universities collaborate with communities. This is a focus on the dynamics of innovation, which place equal weight on the result (a technology to solve a specific problem) and the process by which that result is obtained (which knowledge is brought in and how, how does the involvement of the community guarantees their ownership over the solution and thus makes it sustainable). Additionally, we would like to encourage authors to think on the ways and dynamics by which a specific process in one community can produce knowledge for other communities. In this we will privilege those cases in which we can see that the knowledge production process is guided or at least involves significantly the members of the community.
- Gupta Aggarwal Anima, eSHIFT Partner Network Association (Switzerland), Resolving Project Conflict between Donor and Local Community Beneficiary in Implementing IT Projects in Southern or Developing Countries by Leveraging the Project Choice-Making Matrix (PCMP)
- Hajbi Soumia, University Hassan 1st (Morocco), Territorial Strategy: Towards a Territorial Information System in Moroccan Medium-sized Cities – Case of the Cities of Settat and Kenitra
- Kabutey Robert Okine, Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology (Ghana), Utilizing the Mobile Phone for Input and Output Payment; The Case of Smallholder Cocoa Farmers in Ghana
- Lucena Juan, Colorado School of Mines (United States), Partnering with/Designing for Vulnerable Communities through NGOs: Criteria, Relationship Building, and Pedagogy
- Mattarolo Lorenzo, Politecnico di Milano (Italy), Solar Water Heating System Co-design and Do-It-Yourself Approach for Appropriate Technology Diffusion: The Médina Training Centre Case Study
- Taoka Yuki, Tokyo Institute of Technology (Japan), Evaluation of the Impact of Co-design Approach in East Timor on Acceptability
- Usen Bridget, Centre for Community Health and Development International (Nigeria), Affirmative Action for Scaling-Up of Technology Innovations in Healthcare Delivery in Rural Communities in Nigeria
In this session, participants will discuss the challenges in scaling up mHealth. We will identify essential methods required for successful development and deployment of mHealth. For this we will bring together engineers, mHealth developers, social entrepreneurs, policy makers, and researchers from social, business and basic sciences to present and discuss their research and experience with mHealth and its implementation. This interdisciplinary dialog is very important; the earlier scale-up and implementation questions are considered in the design process, the easier the implementation can become. At the end of this session, we will have gathered a portfolio of essential features that people can take home and include in their design and decision process.
- Stroux Lisa, University of Oxford (United Kingdom), The Importance of Biomedical Signal Quality Classification for Successful mHealth Implementation
- Godara Balwant, Foundation for Innovative New Diagnotics (Switzerland), mHealth to Strengthen Diagnostics of Infectious Diseases in Resource-Limited Settings: Landscape Analysis using a Technology-Centred Approach
- Medhanyie Araya, Mekelle University (Ethiopia), Meeting Community Health Worker Needs for Maternal Health Care Service Delivery Using Appropriate Mobile Technologies
- Ettinger Kate, University of California, San Francisco (United States), Ethical Considerations and Relation-Centered Design for Mobile Health Applications
- Beratarrechea Andrea, Institute for Clinical Effectiveness and Health Policy (Argentina), Challenges of Implementing mHealth Interventions for Lifestyle Modification in Prehypertensive Subjects in Guatemala, Perú and Argentina
Leading question: How can capacity building in scientists and students from low and medium income countries be leveraged to accelerate the development and deployment of technologies within these countries? Underlying concept: Training a new generation of scientists and engineers who focus on adaptable technologies that can be transferred to developing regions has the potential to make an impact in bridging the knowledge and technology gap between north and south.
- Stellacci Francesco, EPFL (Switzerland), Rectification and Amplification, A New Approach to Energy Conversion
- Korter Grace, University of Ibadan (Nigeria), The Significance of Information and Communication Technology for attaining Educational Development in Developing Countries
- Kruckenberg Lena J., University of Leeds (United Kingdom), Empowering Partnerships? Renewable Energy Partnerships in Development Cooperation
- Pasche Natacha, EPFL (Switzerland), Building Local Capacities to Monitor Methane Extraction in Lake Kivu
- Reckerzügl Thorsten, Caritas (Switzerland), Bali, Indonesia: Combating Climate Change and Poverty – Recycling Used Cooking Oil by Transforming it into Biodiesel
What are the most cost effective and environment friendly technologies to provide data services in underserved areas? Data communications is intensively used for environmental data gathering, disaster prevention and mitigation, health provisioning, education and training as well as productivity enhancement. They are also used to collect environmental sensors data. Yet the traditional techniques used in affluent countries are not always the best solutions to apply in developing countries, in which the limitations of the existing infrastructure and limited resources pose severe challenges Wireless has proved to be the most cost effective telecommunications solution for voice, but to provide reasonable data throughput using 3G or 4G technologies would require such a great number of base stations that make this solution unaffordable in developing countries besides placing and additional burden in the already taxed energy provisioning infrastructure.
- Freitag Felix, Universitat Politècncia de Catalunya (Spain), Community Clouds for Supporting Data Services In Underserved Areas
- Oliveira Renato, Fraunhofer Portugal AICOS (Portugal), Framework for Offline Mobile Data Communications
- Beech Craig, Peace Parks Foundation (South Africa), Toward a Spatial Monitoring and Evaluation System, Collecting Indicators to Map and Measure
- Mlatho Justice MW, University Of Malawi (Malawi), Successful Process for Deploying TV White Spaces Technology in a Developing Country
Medical devices for the poor have been an area of increasing attention in the past decade, as many of the world’s largest drivers of mortality and morbidity can be addressed with relatively straightforward technological devices. We have increasingly simple and effective ways to diagnose anemia, treat infants born pre-term, diagnose tuberculosis and measure CD4 counts. These devices are in many cases inexpensive and designed for low resource settings, and appear as if they should be a major factor in the reduction of mortality in developing countries. Yet despite the proliferation of several promising technologies, very few have reached scale, and such devices still remain out of reach for the vast majority at the base of the pyramid. This session will explore these challenges, focusing both on the technologies and the broader ecosystem in which these technologies are delivered.
- Diage Tiffini, Raechelon LLC (United States), Development and Manufacture of a Bag-Valve-Mask Device in Ethiopia
- Leeds Nicole, Medtronic (United States), Ecosystem Solution to Screen, Diagnose, Refer and Treat Patients with Chronic Ear Infections ans Hearing Loss in Developing Countries
- Oppenheimer Karen Pak, World Health Partners (United States), Lessons from a Rural Social Franchise for Large Scale and Sustainable Use of Low Cost Medical Technologies