Medical Technologies

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

(Source: ©Sylvain Liechti2015)

Medical Technologies [MedTech]

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 medical technologies for low- and middle-income countries (e.g., m-health, phone based diagnostic kits, 3D printing of medical equipment)
  • Technology transfer and involvement of local stakeholders
  • Innovative business models for sustainable development and upscaling
  • Standards, norms, and regulations affecting access to medical technologies
  • Medical product cost and lifecycle analyses and innovative improvements
  • Social impact assessment and field experiments

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