Andrew Drain

Andrew is a Researcher and Product Development Engineer based at Massey University, New Zealand. Andrew’s research focuses on the collaborative design process used for humanitarian technology development, and in particular, how collaboration can be evaluated and enhanced for better project impact. Andrew also studies the role of technology in enabling people with disability to better engage in life in developing countries. His research focus is on the role that participatory approaches can play in co-designing this technology.

Andrew Drain

Engaging Students in Humanitarian Technology Projects: Six Expert Recommendations

December 11, 2018

How to engage students in humanitarian technology work was the topic of much discussion at the IEEE Global Humanitarian Technology...

Andrew Drain

Handbook of Participatory Design for Appropriate Technology

October 2, 2018

Undertaking truly collaborative humanitarian technology development is really hard. Unexpected factors such as the type and order of activities,...

Andrew Drain

The Five-Step Innovation Process: UNLEASH’s Design Workshop, Introduced and Critiqued

June 19, 2018

Attempts to solve problems in underserved communities live and die by an innovation process and how well it is...

Andrew Drain

The Necessary Trade-Offs When Co-Designing New Technology

April 20, 2018

The co-design of new technology with communities has benefits and trade-offs. Our colleagues and we at Engineers Without Borders...


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