IDDS D'Kar Summit Skype session with African Innovators working with MIT D-Lab in Botwana

Merle OBrien (Design Futurist), Creationilab

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Keynote Skype with African and MIT D-Lab Scholars at the 2015 IDDS D'Kar Summit working on 6 rural projects in Botwana to apply indigenous knowledge to design innovations for technologies to address challenges of desert communities

Design and Development / Keynote / Impart wisdom / Innovative / Advanced

Event: CapeTown

Hashtags: #IDDSDkar2015

Other speakers: Thabiso Blak Mashaba - These Hands GSSE (Global Social & Sustainable Enterprise), Botswana IDDS 2015 - @TheseHandsGSSE

Best for: Social & design innovators in Africa

Speaker country: South Africa

Questions this session will answer:

What is the value of indigenous knowledge in technology design innovation in Africa? How do we approach innovation that material technologies we develop are not alien from the native culture? How does this enhance the potential to diffuse new tech in Africa, especially deep rural communities?

Speaker qualifications:

Merle O'Brien is recognised as one of Africa's leading design futurists,selected 1 of 25 global scholars to collaborate with MIT D-Lab scholars at the D'Kar 2015 Summit, she is founder of Creation iLab - Africa's transmedia and design innovation lab which serves as a testbed for ideas around her doctoral research. She is exploring how the fields of art and science are moving towards a common space and the radical innovation this holds for creative lifescience and transmedia technology to alter the axis of Africa's future in sustainable and positive ways.

Supporting material:

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A copy of presentation by Thabiso in Botswana prepping local innovators about IDDS D'Kar 2015


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