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Friday, September 29 • 11:05am - 11:15am
Design to Impact: Developing Human Centered Strategies for Sustainability

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Great ideas alone can’t change the world. We also need strategies for getting those ideas to scale and sustainability, so they can have great impact – especially in complex sectors like healthcare. Human centered design has been used successfully for innovative product development, and it can similarly be used to build sustainability strategies. Hear how Shift Labs and their DripAssist Infusion Rate Monitor used human centered design to create a tool for Ebola responders and then leverage that same technology to help improve maternal care in Haiti and military field medicine for US soldiers. Tapping into broader markets has helped them build a sustainable future and demonstrate how design can drive strategies for impact.

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Beth Kolko

Co-Founder and CEO, Shift Labs
Beth Kolko is the co-founder and CEO of Shift Labs, a for-profit company building low-cost medical devices for emerging markets leveraging global innovation networks. She is a Professor of Human Centered Design & Engineering at the University of Washington where she co-directs the Tactical and Tactile Technology Lab. At the Universit... Read More →

Friday September 29, 2017 11:05am - 11:15am EDT
Amphitheater Ronald Reagan Building & International Trade Center