10 March 2015

Come out to MIT for a panel on innovation and development I am moderating

I am dusting off the blog to promote an event I am moderating this week at MIT. It should be an interesting conversation about efforts to actually evaluate innovations and see how well they work. Details below and sign up here.

Finding What Works in Global Development

Where: The Comprehensive Initiative on Technology Evaluation at MIT - E14-674, Media Lab, Massachusetts Institute of Technology - 75 Amherst Street - Cambridge, MA 02139
When: Thursday, March 12, 2015 from 5:00 PM to 7:00 PM (EDT)
Description: When a person lives on less than $2 a day — as some 2.7 billion people around the world do — there isn’t room for a product like a solar lantern or a water filter to fail.

It’s a challenge development agencies, NGOs, and consumers themselves face every day: With so many products on the market, how do you choose the right one?

Join us for a panel on the growing need for product evaluation in global development. Panelists will share insights from their work with MIT’s Comprehensive Initiative on Technology Evaluation (CITE), which released its first-ever report evaluating solar lanterns this spring.

Refreshments will be served.

The Panel

David Ferguson, Director of the Center for Development Innovation at USAID
Jarrod Goentzel, CITE Scalability Research Lead & Director of the MIT Humanitarian Response Lab
Jennifer Green, CITE Sustainability Research Lead & Research Scientist at the MIT Sociotechnical Systems Research Center
Dan Frey, CITE Suitability Research Lead and Professor of Mechanical Engineering
Amit Gandhi, CITE Research Assistant and MIT Doctoral Candidate in Mechanical Engineering

Introductions: Bishwapriya Sanyal, CITE Director & MIT Professor of Urban Development and Planning

Special Moderator: Tom Murphy, Global Development Reporter at Humanosphere & Founder of A View from the Cave