9th International Conference on Appropriate Technology

    Technology Exchange and Employment Creation for Community Empowerment: Cross-Pollinating Innovative Models

    November 23-27, 2020

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    The 9th ICAT will:

    1. Promote Knowledge-based Technology Exchange and the related diffusion of innovation to support Appropriate Technology (AT) practice 
    2. Identify, initiate and combine AT contributions based on both pre-modern and modern knowledge exchange in a manner that is rooted in community empowerment 
    3. Provide a forum for networking on AT solutions for the 21st century through the cross-pollinating innovative thinking in recognition, valorisation and re-appropriation of a diverse group of creative ideators

     

    Keynote Speakers

    Denise Morado Nascimento

    Graduate in Architecture and Urbanism at FAMIH (1986), Master in Architecture at York University, England (1990), PhD in Information Science at ECI/UFMG (2005) and Post Doctorate in Geography at IGC/UFMG (2019). She is currently Associate Professor at School of Architecture, Universidade Federal de Minas Gerais (UFMG); coordinator of the research group PRAXIS (Social practices in urban space); CNPq researcher. Investigations about: (1) contemporary conditions of the processes of design, production and use of housing and urban space; (2) mediation between technology, design, construction, information, experience and creativity around the individuals and the community involved; (3) instruments, mechanisms, languages and processes of representation, interpretation, interaction, reading, intervention, decision and resistance present in the production processes of the city; (4) social and spatial networks in contemporary contexts; (5) theoretical-methodological readings on the exclusion system of the city; (6) strategies in the formation of the State-Capital corporation and its social and spatial impacts in the city; (7) processes of occupations, removals, evictions and resistance to the processes of production of cities.

    Fr. Godfrey Nzamujo

    Father Godfrey Nzamujo, O.P. was born in Kano, Nigeria in 1950. He obtained his B.A. in Modern Philosophy and Mathematics, his M.A. in Theology (Creation-Centered/Evolution Option) and his PH.D. in Economic Philosophy. He further obtained a Higher Diploma in Systems Engineering as well as a M.S. in Electrical Engineering at Loyola Marymount University, Los Angeles, California, and a PH.D. in Electrical Engineering and Computer Service from the University of California at Irvine.

    Nzamujo is the Founder and Director of the Songhai Regional Centre, established in 1985 and headquartered in Porto-Novo, Republic of Benin. He has also been a Research fellow/Professor at the University of California, Irvine, Associate Pastor, St Nicholas Catholic Church, Laguna Hills, California, and Associate Professor of Engineering at Loyola Marymount University, Los Angeles, California.

    Workshops

    Workshops will be held throughout the conference. The purpose of the workshops is to provide participants with a more in depth experience of the particular technologies presented during the conference, and to promote Appropriate Technology as a relevant field for technology practitioners. Unless otherwise specified, cost of participation in workshops is included in conference registration.

    Links to register for workshops to follow.

    Full-day Workshops

    Appropriate Technology for Medium Scale Farms
    Monday 23 Nov - Tuesday 24 Nov

    To bring together representatives of Medium Scale Farming Enterprises (MSFEs), extensionists, agricultural researchers, economists, and public policy leaders for collaborative discussion, problem-solving, and strategy development on the following: a) explore barriers and solutions to farm productivity, b) identify resource gaps, c) adoption of appropriate/sustainable farming practices, d) collaboration on farm to market challenges, e) collaboration on agricultural value-add commodities and their derivative products.

    Further, to shape the development of truly sustainable farm management and animal husbandry amongst MSFEs that result in triple bottom line performance - healthy environment, economic profitability, social and economic equity.
    PhD Colloquium
    Monday 23 Nov

    Africana Post Graduate Academy (APGA) will run a research workshop entitled "How to do Original and Novel Research in this Covid-19 Time: Epistemological Fusion and Unity of Knowledge Using the Current Digital ICT". The workshop will cover:

    1. Motivational lectures from senior scholars
    2. Panel on social/human sciences/ natural and engineering
    3. How to do work-integrated, project, problem and action based novel research
    4. Post-graduate paper presentation
    5. Feedback from senior and fellow presenters
    6. Draft papers that can can be submitted to journals like https://sarchi.org/jcise/

    2-hour Workshops

    Augmented Reality

    Goal: To inspire participants with an introduction to using Unreal programming platform to developing augmented reality software that will be useful in training. This can be useful in training workers or it can be infused in academic courses.

    Pre-requisites: Participants will be required to download Unreal software and view a 45 minute YouTube video on Unreal in advance of the workshop.
    Ethics & Appropriate Technology Workshop

    Goal: To inspire participants in expanding the acceptance of the INAT AT Declaration and engaging in the further development of an AT manifesto and impacting of technology policy to address AT.
    Business Matters Workshop

    Goal: To provide the audience with information about how 4 successful African AT business examples were created or run by women and empower attendees with feedback and guidance to assist them develop their own enterprise ideas.
    Socially Relevant Research

    Goal: To inspire researchers at universities and research agencies to focus on research that has high social relevance by gaining a better understanding of options in making research more socially relevant.
    Raspberry Pi for Prototyping

    Goal: Give an introduction to the capabilities of the Raspberry Pi as a computer, and as a microcontroller board to build “smart” physical projects. Introduce some of the sensors, motors, switches, and other input/output peripherals available, and show how to interact with them through the Raspberry Pi’s general purpose input/output (GPIO) pins. Show participants how to use tools to simulate Raspberry Pi GPIO activity in case they do not have a Raspberry Pi available.

    Pre-requisites: Participants can follow along on the presenter’s screen, and use software tools to simulate the Raspberry Pi, but participants may get the most out of the session if they can follow along with an actual device. We will provide links to kits that participants can order beforehand, that run anywhere from $30 to $100 USD.

    Technology Fair

    The primary goal in the development of Appropriate Technology, as declared by INAT, is for science and technology to work toward worldwide egalitarianism where all people have equal access to resources that meet basic needs. It is against this backdrop that the 9 th International Conference on Appropriate Technology (9th ICAT) hosted in Pretoria, South Africa, hosting a Virtual Technology Fair.

    The Tech Fair at the 9th ICAT will provide an excellent opportunity for individuals and organisations to display their innovative technological interventions. It is open to university researchers, start-up ventures, SMEs as well as larger established enterprises. Please submit an abstract of 100-200 words explaining your intervention. Each exhibitor will be allowed to submit a 5-10 minute video that provides details of your work. The virtual exhibits will also include a one-minute video clip introducing your innovative work that will be widely distributed in advance of the conference. This will be aired multiple times during the conference. Both videos will be available through our website during and after the conference. Each exhibitor will have access to a live online interactive room during the conference to exchange ideas in real time. In order to make this experience meaningful we will limit the number of exhibits. Apply now to get one of these limited opportunities. The virtual exhibitors will reach out and communicate to a broader audience, both at the fair, before the fair on our website and through the publications and online exchanges that will follow the conference. Participation in the Tech Fair will provide an opportunity to network with other exhibitors and conference participants and benefit from the exposure to other virtual technology suites that have implications for your field of work.

    The Virtual Tech Fair will open on 23 November and run through 26 November 2020. The purpose of the fair is to provide participants with an experience of the technologies discussed and presented during the conference, and to promote Appropriate Technology as a relevant field for technology developers.

    Abstract submission deadline: October 2, 2020
    Notification of acceptance: October 9, 2020
    Final exhibition submission: October 16, 2020

    The Tech Fair is free to university researchers and Start-up ventures.
    Cost to SMEs – R 5000
    Large enterprises and multinationals – R 10 000

    To submit your abstract and your videos, you must have a personal Google account, or a G Suite account through your organization. If you do not have a Google account you can create one when you visit the Tech Fair submission form.

    Programme

    Monday, 23 November 2020

    07:00 - 08:00
    Registration - Reception
    09:00 - 10:30
    Workshop: Appropriate Technology For Medium-Scale Farms (ends Tuesday) Hackathon (ends Friday) PhD Colloquium (all day)
    10:30 - 11:00
    BREAK
    11:00 - 13:00
    Indigenous Knowledge Systems Simulation Game (half day) PhD Colloquium (all day)
    13:00 - 14:00
    OWN LUNCH
    14:00 - 16:00
    16:00 - 16:30
    BREAK
    16:30 - 18:30
    Opening Of Tech Fair

    Tuesday, 24 November 2020

    Theme: Empowering Women

    07:00 - 08:00
    Registration - Reception
    09:00 - 10:30
    10:30 - 11:00
    BREAK
    11:00 - 13:00
    Augmented Reality Raspberry Pi 3D Printing Socially Relevant Research
    13:00 - 14:00
    OWN LUNCH
    14:00 - 16:00
    Special Panel: Empowering Women
    16:00 - 16:30
    BREAK
    16:30 - 18:30
    Opening Reception – GIBELA/TUT Partnership

    Wednesday, 25 November 2020

    Theme: Technology Exchange

    07:00 - 08:00
    Registration - Reception
    09:00 - 09:30
    Official Opening
    09:30 - 10:30
    Keynote
    10:30 - 11:00
    BREAK
    11:00 - 13:00
    Parallel Paper Session A Special Student Session Ethics & AT Manifesto
    13:00 - 14:00
    OWN LUNCH
    14:00 - 16:00
    Parallel Paper Session B
    16:00 - 16:30
    BREAK

    Thursday, 26 November 2020

    Theme: Employment Creation

    07:00 - 08:00
    Registration - Reception
    09:30 - 10:30
    Keynote
    10:30 - 11:00
    BREAK
    11:00 - 13:00
    Parallel Paper Session C Special Student Session
    13:00 - 14:00
    OWN LUNCH
    14:00 - 16:00
    Parallel Paper Session D
    16:00 - 16:30
    BREAK
    16:30 - 18:30
    Keynote And Conference Dinner

    Friday, 27 November 2020

    Theme: Community Empowerment

    07:00 - 08:00
    Registration - Reception
    09:30 - 10:30
    Keynote
    10:30 - 11:00
    BREAK
    11:00 - 13:00
    Parallel Paper Session E Special Student Session Building Innovation Lab
    13:00 - 14:00
    OWN LUNCH
    14:00 - 15:00
    Keynote
    15:00 - 16:00
    Closing – Includes The Way Forward With INAT And AT
    16:00 - 16:30
    BREAK

    Registration

    Registration Fees

    Registration (early is before September 10)

    Early Professional 2500 Rand
    Regular Professional      2750 Rand
    Early Student 1000 Rand
    Regular Student 1500 Rand


    Please check back soon for the registration link!

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