Breakout Sessions

UNESCO Chair in Technologies for Development: From Innovation to Social Impact
2-4 May 2016 | EPFL, Lausanne, Switzerland

HumTech | MedTech | DRR | ICT4D | Habitat | Cross-Cutting Issues


Tech4Dev 2016 invites authors from research, industry, policy, or civil society to submit their extended abstract under one of the breakout sessions listed below.

Extended abstracts should be aligned with the focus and the objectives of the breakout session under which they are submitted. Submissions should emphasize the value of technological innovation while also acknowledging the limits of technology in generating inclusive social and economic development.

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Technologies for Humanitarian Action [HumTech]

From Face-to-Face to Messaging Apps: Communicating with Communities in Complex Emergencies — Sesssion Leader: Jacobo Quintanilla, International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) >> [pdf]

UAVs: Opportunities and Challenges for International Aid and Global Development — Session Leader: Patrick Meier, Humanitarian UAV Network (UAViators) >> [pdf] 

Travelling Models of Innovation and Open Spaces: Beneficiary Engagement and Cross-Case Comparisons across Contexts — Session Leader(s): Michelle Reddy, Stanford & Lana Awad, Refugee Open Ware >> [pdf]

Curveballs, Surprises, and the Unexpected Solutions that can Result — Session Leader: Abi Weaver, American Red Cross  >> [pdf]

Medical Technologies [MedTech]

Bright Spots: Innovations for Quality, Reliability or Safety of Medical Technologies Sesssion Leader: Kate Michi Ettinger, Mural Institute & University of California San Francisco >> [pdf]

The New Roles and Challenges of Technology in the Fight Against Malaria — Session Leader: Walter Karlen, ETH Zurich >> [pdf] 

Medical Technology and Innovation for Sustainable Impact in Global Health — Session Leader: Klaus Schönenberger, Ecole Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne (EPFL) >> [pdf]


Science and Technology for Disaster Risk Reduction [DRR]

Early Warning Systems: Design and Implementation — Session Leader(s): Holger Frey & Christian Huggel, University of Zurich >> [pdf] 

Open Geodata and Imagery for Humanitarian Mapping — Session Leader: Cristiano Giovando, Humanitarian OpenStreetMap Team >> [pdf]


Technologies for Sustainable Access to Energy [Energy]

Public Sector Involvement in Sustainable Energy Access in the Global South Sesssion Leader(s): Bipasha Baruah, Western University & Mini Govindan, The Energy Resources Institute (TERI) >> [pdf]

Social Innovations for Energy Access: Organizing “Sustainable Energy for All” — Session Leader(s): Lena Kruckenberg, University of Leeds & Nicholas Loubere, Australian National University >> [pdf] 

Catalyzing Innovation and Development through Targeted Capacity Building in Renewable Energies and Sustainable Food — Session Leader: Federico Rosei & Louis Vervoort, Institut national de la recherche scientifique (INRS) >> [pdf]


ICT for Development [ICT4D]

Migrants, Diasporas and ICTs Adoption in the South Sesssion Leader: Solène Morvant-Roux, University of Geneva >> [pdf]

IoT4D: Potential and Open Issues in IoT for Development — Session Leader: Marco Zennaro, Abdus Salam International Centre for Theoretical Physics (ICTP) >> [pdf] 


Technologies for Sustainable Dev. of Habitat & Cities [Habitat]

The Contemporary City in the North-South Debate: Innovation Trajectories in Research and Practice Sesssion Leader(s): Jean-Claude Bolay & Marija Cvetinovic, Ecole Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne (EPFL) >> [pdf]

Global Engineering and Sustainable Development — Session Leader: Shaukat Ali Mirza, Engineers Without Borders – India (EWB-India) >> [pdf] 


Cross Cutting Issues [Cross-Cutting]

Measuring Development Outcomes: A New Frontier in Development Engineering Sesssion Leader: Temina Madon, University of California Berkeley >> [pdf]

Incubating Tech4Dev and Accelerating Impact — Session Leader: Kate Michi Ettinger, Mural Institute & University of California San Francisco >> [pdf] 

From Developing to Scaling Up Innovative Social Businesses at the Base of the Pyramid — Session Leader: Grégoire Castella & Jérôme Voillat, Antenna Technologies Foundation >> [pdf]

Paths Towards Impact: How to Evaluate Technology for Development Interventions — Session Leader: Marina Cracco, Ecole Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne (EPFL) >> [pdf]