Technologies for Humanitarian Action

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


Technologies for Humanitarian Action [HumTech]

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:

  • Innovative approaches to ensure meaningful humanitarian action in the face of limited access (e.g., telemedicine, use of remote sensing, tracking devices)
  • Technologies for essential urban services affected by humanitarian crises (e.g., health, electricity, shelter, water treatment)
  • Beneficiary engagement in a hyper-connected world
  • Ethics and principles for humanitarian engineering
  • Performance and impact evaluation of technological innovations
  • The significance of technology for education in humanitarian contexts

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