17.12.13 - The 3rd International Conference on Technologies for Development: What is Essential? will take place at EPFL on 4-6 June 2014.

The conference will offer a high-level platform to take part in cutting-edge discussions in the field of technologies for development.

Conference Highlights!

Innovative technologies have a central role to play in the effort to alleviate poverty in this world. Innovative technologies should also mean appropriate technology in the sense that they should be socially, culturally, environmentally and economically accepted by the stakeholders. To this end, the conference in 2014 will focus on essential technologies and such guiding questions as:

  • What are the needs for essential technologies?
  • What are successful processes to develop and deploy essential technologies?
  • How can we evaluate the impact of technologies?
  • How does impact measurement drive innovation?

The organizers estimate that around 300 participants will attend the conference and some 130 scientific papers will be presented in 25 sessions. The programme will also include 4 plenary sessions, 3 poster sessions, an open hardware water monitoring hackathon and workshop as well as a networking event in Lavaux.

Register now before Early Bird Registration ends and join researchers and practitioners from around the world for your access to an exciting and networking experienc!

Keynote Speakers include:

  • Dr. Shashi Buluswar, Executive Director, LIGTT: LBNL Institute for Globally Transformative Technologies, Lawrence Berkeley National Lab
  • Prof. Karen Scrivener, Head of Laboratory of Construction Materials, Ecole Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne
  • Dr. Wido Menhardt, CEO, Philips Innovation Campus Bangalore, Philips Electronics India Ltd.

Conference Sponsors

Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation (SDC), Ville de Lausanne, UNESCO World Heritage Site - Lavaux, Terraced Vineyards

We look forward to your attendance and active participation at the conference!

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