On September 29, 2017, Beth Kolko, Professor of Human Centered Design & Engineering, delivered a talk in Washington, DC, for the 2017 Global Innovation Week.
A collaboration between USAID, The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, and Grand Challenges Canada, Global Innovation Week is a series of events dedicated to celebrating the various ways in which innovation is being integrated into international development.
In addition to teaching within the department, Kolko is the co-founder and CEO of Shift Labs, a company building low-cost medical devices for emerging markets leveraging global innovation networks. In her talk, Kolko described how Shift Labs and their DripAssist Infusion Rate Monitor used human-centered design to create a tool for Ebola responders, and then leveraged that same technology to help improve maternal care in Haiti and military field medicine for US soldiers.
Watch the seven minute talk, Design to Impact: Developing Human Centered Strategies for Sustainability, below.