Technologies for Sustainable Habitat and Cities

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


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

Tech4Dev 2016 welcomes, in particular, proposals to organize sessions and events with creative formats and innovative approaches to generating discussion.

Submissions should emphasize the value of technological innovation while also acknowledging the limits of technology in generating inclusive social and economic development.

Topics of interest include, but are not limited to:

  • Urban risk and vulnerability
  • Technological innovation as both the cause and effect of urban development
  • Adaptive urban design: Smart cities (e.g., case studies, business models, and innovative applications)
  • Smart sensor-based networks and applications
  • Capacity building of local government practitioners: Social inclusion and mobility
  • Water and sanitation (e.g., water purification, solid waste management, vector control, drainage)

Additional cross-cutting issues (applicable to all core thematic areas):

  • Gender and technology in development
  • Open source approach to technology for development
  • Experiences from living-labs, hackathons, and hands on models for engagement
  • The internet of things (IoT) for development
  • Lessons in scaling businesses by technology for development entrepreneurs
  • Public-private partnerships to advance technology for development