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How Can Design Thinking Improve Development?


May 12th DC Salon - RSVP Now

We’ve all heard terms like design with the user, user centered design, human-centered design, design thinking, and a plethora of similar buzzwords, but what does that really mean in the international development context?

How can we design ICT4D interventions better when users can be continents away from the designers? Particularly when a program design or technology solution are often baked in to proposals, and anything can (and usually does) happen between concept and usage.

Please RSVP now to join your peers in debating how we can design better ICT4D. We’ll seek answers to questions like:
  • Which design myths should we dispel from the onset?
  • What are the design practices we can borrow from the private sector?
  • Who is the real “user” we should design for and how do we find them?
  • How can design affect concept development and product usage?
We’ll build on the 1st Principle for Digital Development: Design with the User, and previous design sessions, and get deep into the how and with whom challenges inherent in designing development solutions with these noted designers: They’ll each bring concrete examples of good and bad design practices, and hard-earned experiences learned from real-world projects. Do bring your own design challenges, and we may even debate a better Facebook Safety Check.

We’ll have hot coffee and catered breakfast treats for a morning rush, but seating is limited, so please RSVP now to join in the discussion. Once we reach our 35-person capacity there will be a waiting list! ICT4Design May Technology Salon DC 8:30 - 10:30 a.m. Tuesday, May 12th Washington, DC

May Technology Salon DC
8:30 - 10:30 a.m.
Tuesday, May 12th
Washington, DC


About the Technology Salon

The Technology Salonâ„¢ is an intimate, informal, and in person, discussion between information and communication technology experts and international development professionals, with a focus on both:
  • technology's impact on donor-sponsored technical assistance delivery, and
  • private enterprise driven economic development, facilitated by technology.
Our meetings are lively conversations, not boring presentations. Attendance is capped at 30 people - and frank participation with ideas, opinions, and predictions is actively encouraged. 

It's also a great opportunity to meet others motivated to employ technology to solve vexing development problems. Join us today!
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