2014 Tech4Dev International Conference

The conference aims to convene researchers, academics, decision-makers, representatives from NGOs and international organizations, and the private sector eager to share their current research and project results, focusing on state-of-the-art technologies and their potential for the global South.


The UNESCO Chair in Technologies for Development hosted by the Cooperation and Development Center (CODEV) is pleased to announce that its 3rd International Conference on Technologies for Development will take place from 4-6 June 2014 at the SwissTech Convention Center in Lausanne, Switzerland.

Innovative technologies have a central role to play in the effort to alleviate poverty in this world. Innovative technologies should also mean appropriate technology in the sense that they should be socially, culturally, environmentally and economically accepted by the stakeholders. To this end, the conference in 2014 will focus on essential technologies and such guiding questions as: What are the needs for essential technologies? What are successful processes to develop and deploy essential technologies? How can we evaluate the impact of technologies? How does impact measurement drive innovation?

The conference will be attended by around 300 participants. 130 scientific papers will be presented in 25 sessions. In addition we will have 3 poster sessions, an open hardware water monitoring hackathon and the social event will take place in the vineyards of Lavaux, a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

This leads us to the key question of the 3rd UNESCO Technologies for Development Conference: What is Essential?

  • Is it the invention and development of appropriate technologies?
  • Is it the creation of value chains?
  • Is it local capacity building? Is it the partnership between key stakeholders?
  • Or most likely a combination of several factors?

The conference – held in English – will offer a high-level platform to take part in cutting-edge discussions in the field of technologies for development, to share information and to network.

How Much Will it Cost?

  • Early Bird Registration and Payment before 30 April 2014:
  • Standard: CHF 350
  • EPFL staff, students, unemployed, retired: CHF 250
  • Participants from developing and emerging countries: CHF 250

The cost covers attendance during three days at all plenary and break-out sessions, conference bags, refreshment breaks, buffet lunches, networking event, the electronic proceedings of the accepted papers (on a USB Memory Stick) as well as a book of abstracts. The conference fee does not cover travel and accommodation. Arrangements for travel and accommodation are the responsibility of the participants. Please see Registration and Venue and Location for further information.

How to Register?
Please see Online Registration and Payment. Note that your registration will only become effective once payment has been received.

Conference Sponsors
Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation (SDC), Canton de Vaud, Ville de Lausanne, UNESCO World Heritage Site – Lavaux, Terraced Vineyards.
More information:
Web 2014 Tech4Dev International Conference



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