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High-tech low-cost solutions - a road to SDG innovation

Join the event for inspiration on how technology can boost development and the Sustainable Development Goals can drive innovation.
Business as unusual: 3D printed prosthetics, drones, solar energy, eHealth and mobile pay are examples of advanced solutions that are pushing the boundary between price and functionality. High-tech, in other words, does not necessarily contradict providing accessible solutions for the poorest people. On the contrary, it may be a precondition for achieving the 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). How to drive SDG innovation is investigated at a two-part event addressing the link between technology and sustainable development.

Join the morning seminar for inspiration on the progress technologies are creating already, which disruptions might occur and what challenges and dilemmas are likely to follow. Learn from pioneering companies, innovation experts and sector specialists looking for novel solutions. Registration: open.

The afternoon workshops dive deeper into opportunities within selected sectors. Through hands-on sessions companies, leading practitioners, researchers and young bright minds will develop ideas and discuss what it takes to move them forward. Registration: limited space.

The seminar and workshop is part of a series of SDG workshops co-hosted by DI and the Ministry of Foreign Affairs to inspire companies to contribute to business-led solutions and on board the Sustainable Development Goals.

  • 8:30 Registration

    Event facilitator Sara Ballan, Manager, BoP Learning Lab, DI

  • 9:00 Welcome

    By Marianne Thellersen, Senior Vice President, Technical University of Denmark, Jacob Kjeldsen, Director, DI and Tine Anbæk, Chief Advisor, Ministry of Foreign Affairs

  • 9:15 Towards the SDGs with accessible technology and frugal innovation

    By Marie Louise Pollmann-Larsen, Consultant, BoP Learning Lab, DI and Tim McAloone, Professor, Engineering Design & Product Development, DTU

  • 9:30 Watson – how big data analytics can drive SDG innovation

    Dr. Trevor Davis, Global Subject Expert, Distinguished Engineer & Member of the IBM Industry Academy, IBM

    Key note on how ‘internet of things’ and digital transformation can drive sustainable innovation and growth strategies.

  • 9:55 “High-tech, low cost” in practice – how Danish companies are busy making it happen

    Africa report by David Reerman Dizon, Chief Product Officer, M-PAYG on developing pay-as-you-go solar systems

    Asia report by Jacob Würtz Lyngbye, Co-founder, Audientes on developing affordable hearing aids

  • 10:10 What accessible technology can do for food, clean tech, health and SDG innovation?

    Test your ideas, find inspiration and speak with innovative companies and organistions.

    Session hosted by Charlotte Pedersen, Nordic coordinator, GAIN, Marie Louise Pollmann-Larsen, BoP Learning Lab, DI, Kaspar Bro Larsen, Danish Red Cross and Alfonso Buxens, Procurement Specialist, UNDP

  • 11:00 End

    Workshop format: In groups organisations, knowledge partners, researchers and students will work with companies to prototype new high-tech, low cost idea. Groups will be challenged and inspired to rethink aspects of their product, service and/or business model to develop affordable solutions targeting specific SDGs.

    Four themes and specific challenges have been selected that will be addressed in parallel by different groups in the workshop.

  • 11:10 Workshop kick-off
    Linking SDGs and technology – what are the challenges and opportunities
  • 12:30 Lunch
  • 13:00 Prototyping idea for affordable solutions
  • 15:00 Presenting tomorrows ideas – and ways forward
  • 15:30 End
    Drinks and snacks
Full list of DI and MFA workshops:
Practical information:

2 December 2016

Seminar: 9:00 – 11:00
Workshop: 11:00-15:30

DTU SkyLab
Diplomvej 373A
2800 Lyngby


It is no longer possible to register for this event.

PUBLICERET: 31-10-2016 OPDATERET: 23-03-2018