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UNESCO Chair in Technologies for Development: 2016 International Conference

May 2, 2016 - May 4, 2016

From Innovation to Social Impact


Technological innovation is vital to address global challenges such as climate change, pollution, disease, rising inequalities, and chronic poverty. We need renewable energy sources, efficient transport networks, effective public health systems, well-designed infrastructure, improved agricultural systems, and access to quality education for everyone.

Technological Leapfrogging

Developing and emerging countries can take advantage of technological leapfrogging in key domains such as health, energy, education, and urban development. Moreover, the Global South is expected to play an increasingly important role in technological innovation, and many solutions developed in developing and emerging countries will influence offerings in the Global North. Innovation models such as living labs, open source, and open innovation will continue to support the emergence of global innovation networks and accelerate the development of innovative and cost-effective solutions.

Technologies for Humanitarian Action

The increasing complexity and number of protracted crises has led humanitarian actors to broaden their operations to address the longer-term effects of war in addition to providing short-term, emergency aid to individuals. Against this backdrop, and with the boundaries between humanitarian action and development becoming increasingly blurred, the Tech4Dev 2016 Conference will highlight innovative technologies that are currently being used to address humanitarian challenges.

Discussion Platform

In order to accelerate innovation and maximize its positive social impact, stakeholders from different disciplines need a platform to exchange and discuss their ideas and experiences. The Tech4Dev Conference provides a critical platform for knowledge exchange, enabling researchers to present their findings and practitioners to outline their needs and insights, while relating their experiences from the field. At Tech4Dev, social entrepreneurs, industry, and policy makers can deepen their knowledge, learn about cutting-edge research and projects, and brainstorm together about new approaches to technology innovation and dissemination for development.

Core Thematic Areas

  1. Technologies for Humanitarian Action
  2. Medical Technologies
  3. Science and Technology for Disaster Risk Reduction
  4. Technologies for Sustainable Access to Energy
  5. ICT for Development
  6. Technologies for Sustainable Habitat and Cities


May 2, 2016
May 4, 2016


UNESCO Chair in Technologies for Development


Ecole Polytechnique Federale de Lausanne
Lausanne, Switzerland + Google Map

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