Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xxiii
  2. Introduction

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 1-1
    2. Silvia Hostettler
      Pages 3-10 Open Access
  3. Humanitarian Technologies

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 11-11
    2. Raj Madhavan, Tatiana Silva, Flavia Farina, Rodrigo Wiebbelling, Leonardo Renner, Edson Prestes
      Pages 31-39 Open Access
    3. René Saameli, Dikolela Kalubi, Mark Herringer, Tim Sutton, Eric de Roodenbeke
      Pages 53-59 Open Access
    4. Darelle van Greunen, Alida Veldsman
      Pages 61-71 Open Access
  4. Medical Technologies

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 73-73
    2. Nora Engel, Vijayashree Yellappa, Malika Davids, Keertan Dheda, Nitika Pant Pai, Madhukar Pai
      Pages 75-85 Open Access
    3. Aikaterini Mantzavinou, Bryan J. Ranger, Smitha Gudapakkam, Katharine G. Broach Hutchins, Elizabeth Bailey, Kristian R. Olson
      Pages 87-95 Open Access
    4. Debbie L. Teodorescu, Dennis Nagle, Sashidhar Jonnalagedda, Sally Miller, Robert Smalley, David R. King
      Pages 97-109 Open Access
  5. Renewable Energies

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 111-111
    2. Sunil Dhingra, Barkha Tanvir, Ulrik Birk Henriksen, Pierre Jaboyedoff, Shirish Sinha, Daniel Ziegerer
      Pages 113-124 Open Access
  6. Sustainable Habitat

  7. Disaster Risk Reduction

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 175-175
    2. Javier Fluixá-Sanmartín, Javier García Hernández, Christian Huggel, Holger Frey, Alejo Cochachin Rapre, César Alfredo Gonzales Alfaro et al.
      Pages 187-200 Open Access
    3. Marc Jan Christiaan van den Homberg, Robert Monné, Marco René Spruit
      Pages 213-225 Open Access

About these proceedings


This open access book presents 18 case studies that explore current scientific and technological efforts to address global development issues, such as poverty, from a holistic and interdisciplinary point of view, putting actual impacts at the centre of its analysis. It illustrates the use of technologies for development in various fields of research, such as humanitarian action, medical and information and communication technology, disaster risk-reduction technologies, habitat and sustainable access to energy. The authors discuss how innovative technologies, such as unmanned aerial vehicles for disaster risk reduction, crowdsourcing humanitarian data, online education and ICT-based medical technologies can have significant social impact. The book brings together the best papers of the 2016 International Conference on Technologies for Development at EPFL, Switzerland. The book explores how the gap between innovation in the global South and actual social impact can be bridged. It fosters exchange between engineers, other scientists, practitioners and policy makers active at the interface of innovation and technology and human, social, and economic development.


Development Engineering Technologies for Development Innovation for Humanitarian Action Emerging Countries Developing Countries Open Access book on technology for development UNESCO Chair in technologies for development 2016 Tech4Dev

Editors and affiliations

  • Silvia Hostettler
    • 1
  • Samira Najih Besson
    • 2
  • Jean-Claude Bolay
    • 3
  1. 1.Ecole Polytechnique Fédérale de LausanneLausanneSwitzerland
  2. 2.Cooperation & Development CenterEcole Polytechnique Fédérale de LausanneLausanneSwitzerland
  3. 3.Cooperation & Development CenterEcole Polytechnique Fédérale de LausanneLausanneSwitzerland

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