A university course module focusing on innovation for humanitarian needs and international development cooperation designed by sWASH&grow, is currently open for applications. The course will be offered by Malmö University, in collaboration with Parlametric AB.
The aim is to develop tools that improve the opportunities for innovators and aid organizations to bring more circular, inclusive and sustainable innovations to those in need. A key priority is to build the capacity to develop tangible solutions, market-relevant products and enable innovators to bring their ideas to fruition.
The course is structured into two modules. Read more and apply below.
- Global Product Development I (30 August 2021 – 7 November 2021)
Idea to Concept
Global Product Development I is for students and professionals (in engineering or related disciplines) who want to gain a broad understanding of how to develop products that can be successfully applied in challenging environments. It also addresses how technology can be part of reaching the UN’s global goals for sustainable development. The context of the course is humanitarian operations and international development, where complexity is a core challenge to achieve results.
The course combines case studies with lectures. Lectures will provide broad insights into the technical as well as social and economic challenges in product development. These insights are continuously applied in case studies. Participants will also be part of a team with the task to develop an idea into a concept of a technical solution that can be applied to solve a real-life challenge in a low- or mid-income country.
2. Global Product Development II (8 November 2021 – 16 January 2022)
Concept to Prototype
Global Product Development II is for students and professionals (in engineering or related disciplines) who want to further develop their product development and project management skills. The course allows you to apply your knowledge and skills to problems in challenging environments, with an emphasis on humanitarian and international aid.
This course is designed to address technology companies’ and development organizations’ increasing need for engineers with skills to handle complexity and work in challenging environments. It builds on strong connections to the industry, which will improve the participants’ opportunities to get a relevant job in aid and with international innovation companies.
During the course participants will work in teams to address an actual development challenge in a low- or mid-income country. The purpose is to develop a prototype that can be effectively implemented. They will receive continuous feedback from development experts and managers from companies and organizations with similar challenges. Partners in this course include RISE Research Institutes of Sweden and Urban Technology Sweden.
Rwanda as a case study
Rwanda, one of the test sites in the project, will serve as a case study in the course for small-scale innovations in a development and humanitarian context. Due to an increasing demand for innovations in Rwanda, this will be a win-win for both Rwanda and the innovators who will gain access to markets in the East African Community. The case study will enable access to data, test beds and improve the collaboration between Swedish and local companies.
The project aims to gain from the engineering students’ expertise to build quality products mid-term, with an ambition for larger quantity relevant innovations in the long-run.