Wednesday, March 11, 2009

“Technology to Empower People”

Appropriate Technology Symposium and Technology Fair


9am – 6pm
APRIL 10, 2009
Blackburn Center
Howard University, Washington, DC 20059

Summary
The International Network on Appropriate Technology at Howard University (INAT-HU) is organizing the Spring 2009 Appropriate Technology (AT) Symposium and Technology Fair. Our sponsors include Howard University’s College of Engineering, Architecture and Computer Sciences (CEACS), Systems and Computer Science, Chemical Engineering, Mechanical Engineering, Civil Engineering, Electrical and Computer Engineering and Philosophy departments and Engineers Without Borders – Howard University Chapter (EWB-HU). The AT Symposium and Fair will be held on April 10, 2009 in Washington, DC at Howard University in the Blackburn Center from 9:00am to 6:00pm

Objectives
• Provide forum for Howard University students, faculty, researchers, and regional community to present appropriate technology projects.
• Facilitate networking among innovators, policy-makers and funding agencies.
• Promote Interaction and the development of partnerships among businesses, NGO’s and academics involved with appropriate technology project development and implementation.
• Place an “APPROPRIATE TECHNOLOGY PROTOCOL” on the national and international agenda that may require nations, enterprises, agencies and individuals to rethink how resources are allocated and incorporate Appropriate Technology in research, development and implementation.

Target Audience
• Appropriate technology national and international innovators, policy makers, and practitioners.
• Faculty and students interested in appropriate technology and/or involved in projects in developing countries.
• General public interested in learning more about appropriate technology and related projects.


HIGHLIGHTS

• Reports from recent visits to Howard University projects abroad including Brazil, Kenya and Senegal
• Panel “What we need – Technology to empower the People”
o Invited embassies: Rwanda, South Africa and other partnering countries
o African Union Ambassador to the United States of America
• Pre-luncheon keynote “Role of USA in Appropriate Technology”
• Regional Groups Project Posters and Presentations
• Company and NGO Appropriate Technology Demonstrations and Displays


PARTICIPATION GUIDELINES:
PLEASE NOTE: REQUEST FOR PARTICPATION AND SYMPOSIUM REGISTRATION FORMS MUST BE RECEIVED BY MARCH 23rd, 2009. SUBMIT ALL REGISTRATION FORMS AND ENQUIRIES TO Dr. John Trimble at jtrimble@howard.edu
Categories of Participation:
Category 1: Appropriate Technology Demonstrations
In this category, faculty researchers, Practitioners, Private firms, NGO’s and other technology developers will demonstrate their appropriate technology device or process. A Table space along with a 110-V power outlet will be provided. Presenters will need to provide any additional resource requirements.

Category 2: Appropriate Technology Development Project Site Visit Posters and concept papers
In this category, interested individuals and teams will present AT project implementation reports or concept papers through a poster display. Participants in this category will be required to provide their own stand-alone poster display board describing the successful development and/or implementation of an AT project or technology.

Category 3: Funding Agencies and Sponsors: Invited representatives from funding agencies will provide information on funding opportunities in ‘appropriate technology’ available to students, faculty, universities, research institutes and non-profit organizations.

Schedule (Tentative)


Blackburn Center West Ballroom -------- 9AM UNTIL 2PM---------
POSTERS AND APPROPRIATE TECHNOLOGY DEMONSTRATIONS ON DISPLAY



Blackburn Center East Ballroom
Introduction and Background …………….…………………......…….. 10:00am

Report Back on Select HU projects involving recent visits abroad
Presentations from EWB-HU projects in Bahia, Brazil, Choimim Kenya.. 10:15am
and NASA-HU project in Kawasara, Senegal

Panel on “What we need – Technology to empower the People”
Invited embassies: Rwanda, Zimbabwe and other partnering countries… 11:15am
African Union Commission in Washington DC

Pre- Luncheon Presentations on funding opportunities …………………… 12:45

Luncheon Remarks and Q&A
“Role of USA in Appropriate Technology”
Invited guest: H.E. Barbara Lee, Head of Black Congressional Caucus…... 1:00pm
Luncheon Presentations on funding opportunities ………………………… 1:30pm


RECONVENE in Room 148-150
Panel on Appropriate Technology (AT) Engineering projects ………….... 2.00pm
Panel on AT in Science, Knowledge Management, Ethics, Intellectual
Property Rights and Business projects and concept papers .……………… 3.00pm

Presentation and discussion on “Appropriate Technology Protocol”
(Organized Commitment to Support Appropriate Technology) ……… 4.00pm

Wrap-up and Closure…………………………………………………… 5:00pm