Technology Development & Commercialization
Resources to support the design, translation, and commercialization of technologies through invention education
Ecosystem building that supports the development and evolution of technologies through client relationships, problem solving events, and leveraging the impact of communities of makers.
BME-IDEA is a global meeting for faculty and staff to share knowledge, experiences, and resources in biomedical engineering (BME) innovation education.
- Facilities & Equipment
The following document is an example of the tools, software, and vendors suggested by Fab Labs to run a digital fabrication laboratory.
- Human Resources
The following document provides an in-depth look at the roles, responsibilities, and qualifications for a machinist in the United States.
The following document by the Dar es Salaam Institute of Technology is an example of the responsibilities, characteristics, and qualifications necessary for a design studio technician.
- Literature of Interest
The following study by Mounde et al. (2020) explores the characteristics and qualities associated with the groups of people who constitute the makers in the makerspace.
The following article explores how engineering design studios in Malawi used their resources, partnerships, and ingenuity to meet the needs of their local communities in the wake of COVID-19.
The following article explores how the Dar es Salaam Institute of Technology, Rice360 Institute for Global Health Technologies, and the United Nations Development Programme-Tanzania collaborated to create life-saving 3D printed ventilator splitters amid the COVID-19 pandemic.
The following report provides documentation of the collaborative UVGI N95 Mask Sterilization Project in Tanzania with the Dar es Salaam Institute for Technology and the Rice360 Institute for Global Health Technologies.
- Templates & Examples
The following Project Timeline Template is an outline summarizing project inspiration, ideation, and implementation developed by the Dar es Salaam Institute of Technology.
Example template for proposal submissions to the UBORA Design School in 2018.
The following self-assessment is intended to help Higher Education Institutions gauge their own performance and identify areas to improve support for research & innovation structures.
The following poster template from the UBORA design competition demonstrates how to structure a design competition poster submission.
- Training & Capacity Development
The African Higher Education Leadership in Advancing Inclusive Innovation for Development (AHEAD) offers lectures describing innovation management in low- and middle-income countries.
The African Higher Education Leadership in Advancing Inclusive Innovation for Development (AHEAD) offers an overview of the background knowledge and skills used to develop, organize, and measure the impact of entrepreneurship education courses.
The Stanford Institute of Design outlines a framework and best practices for conducting effective interviews.
A fun, hour-long exercise offering an introduction to design thinking. Participants of this activity will design and iterate extensively through peer feedback until reaching a final product.
A guide offering considerations, best practices, and activities for teaching design thinking.
The following resource is a deck of cards that breaks down Design Thinking into 5 components and provides definitions, examples, and methods to best inspire design.
This work package for instructors accompanies the AHEAD Innovation Management in Low- and Middle-Income Countries module.
This resource from Stanford offers an overview and key considerations for need finding.
This chapter from the World Health Organization (WHO) offers an overview of needs assessment in humanitarian settings, with a focus on health needs.
This chapter by Brad Hokanson (2012) examines the design critique, a common aspect of studio design education, and its use in distance learning envrionments.
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