Tvm: The two day International Conference on ‘Humanitarian Technology Challenges of the 21st Century’ which started today at Kovalam called upon the innovators to develop sustainable implementations for humanitarian organisations.
Organised by the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE), one of the world’s largest professional society with about four lakh members spread across 160 countries, the event is covering the themes of Technologies for Sustainable Development; Technologies for Disaster Management and Technologies for Education.
In his presidential address, Dr. Richard J Gowen, President, IEEE Foundation asked the technological innovators to innovate for the benefit of humanity. Technological innovators should come out with solutions that would fulfil humanitarian organisations with needs and funding. They should provide economically sustainable humanitarian products and services. He also emphasised that communication is fundamental for economic growth. The IEEE’s Humanitarian Technology Fund provides support and funds innovations that identify humanitarian needs that can be resolved with appropriate technological solutions.
In his key note address, M P Vasimalai, Dhan Foundation stressed on the need for affordability and adaptability (localisation) of technology. Humanitarian Technology should be a regular work with convergence of synergy. Connecting innovators with implementers can improve the life of billions, he added.
Satish Babu, President, InApp said about the urge to sensitise the technical community on building a humanitarian response strategy. Many presentations on Technologies for Sustainable Development highlighted the need to use technology to assist NGOs to bring about a change.
Prominent NGOs, representative from the IT Industry, academic institutions, Government Officials are participating in this conference that looks at initiating a new interdisciplinary, multi-stakeholder consultative process, that will influence the humanitarian agenda of IEEE. The Conference is hosted by the IEEE Kerala Section, and is supported by the Kerala State IT Mission.