UNESCO Chair Conference on Technologies for Development – Tech4Dev 2016


2-4 May 2016 | Lausanne, Switzerland

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

  • Technologies for Humanitarian Action
  • Medical Technologies
  • Science and Technology for Disaster Risk Reduction
  • Technologies for Sustainable Access to Energy
  • ICT for Development
  • Technologies for Sustainable Habitat and Cities


Important Dates:

Early Bird Registration – 31 March 2016

For more information:

  Tech4Dev 2016 Website

  Tech4Dev 2016 Programme



SwissTech Convention Centre, EPFL, Lausanne

Full screen map

Related events

Massive Open On-Line Course – Engineers Canada – Sustainability in practice

October 10, 2018 - · · ·

  Registration is now open for the massive open online course (MOOC) being developed by Engineers Canada website and Polytechnique [...]

Report of the 5th Africa Engineering Week and 3rd Africa Engineering Week

October 7, 2018 - · ·

  Introduction The Institution of Engineers Kenya in collaboration with the Federation of African Engineering Organisations (FAEO) hosted the African [...]

World Conference on Science Literacy 2018 held in Beijing

September 24, 2018 - · · · · ·

World Conference on Science Literacy 2018 was held in 17-19 September 2018 in Beijing by the China Association for Science [...]

First African Women Engineering Forum

September 5, 2018 - · · · ·

  17 September 2018, Mombasa, Kenya African Women in Engineering: Innovation and Community Sustainability INTRODUCTION The Federation of African Engineering [...]

World Conference on Science Literacy 2018

July 12, 2018 - · · ·

  17 – 19 September 2018, Beijing, China Science Literacy for a Shared and Better Future   World Conference on [...]

WEEF – GEDC 2018 – Peace Engineering

July 10, 2018 - · · · ·

  12 – 16 November 2018, Albuquerque, USA   On November 12 through 16, 2018, Albuquerque, New Mexico will be [...]

Workshop on Human and Artificial Intelligence during WIC2018 was successfully held in Tianjin, China

July 9, 2018 - · · · · · ·

  The Workshop on Human and Artificial Intelligence was held on May 16th 2018 at the 2nd World Intelligence Congress [...]

Women in Science Engineering and Technology International Conference – WiSET 2018

June 27, 2018 - · · · ·

  17 – 19 July 2018, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia   Global Outlook of Women in Science, Engineering and Technology   [...]


June 26, 2018 - · · ·

  4 – 7 December 2018, Wollongong, NSW, Australia   International Conference on Engineering, Technology and Education   Teaching, Assessment [...]

World Robot Conference – WRC 2018

June 26, 2018 - · · · · ·

  15 – 19 August 2018, Beijing, China Creating Intelligent Momentum for a New Era of Openness and Shared Benefits [...]

World Federation of Engineering Organizations /
Fédération Mondiale des Organisations d'Ingénieurs

Maison de l'Unesco

1, rue Miollis 75015 Paris, France
Disclaimer | Contact Us

© 2008 - 2018 WFEO/FMOI. All rights reserved