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08 December 2016

To craft by design for sustainability

Renewable materials such as bamboo, cork and hemp, which are abundantly available in the developing world, have the potential to be a viable and sustainable resource base for sustainable development. Current sustainable-design initiatives and approaches already look at using industrial techniques and technologies to recontextualize these materials to create innovative products and systems for contemporary sustainability-aligned markets. Unfortunately, according to Rebecca Reubens PhD student of TU Delft, they do not leverage the huge labor force and cultural resources available in developing countries. In her research Reubens focuses on alternative design approaches that can generate collective benefits to the ecology, society, economy and culture in developing countries.

08 December 2016

Serious game research: fleeing an earthquake

During natural disasters, such as an earthquake, people make choices: should I stay or leave? Should I walk or take the car? These choices have an impact on the number of people injured or killed. To explore the factors that influence these choices, doctoral candidate Mignon van den Berg worked with Japanese researchers from the National Institute of Informatics in Tokyo on the development of the serious game ‘Everscape’. Mignon van den Berg will be awarded her doctorate at TU Delft on Monday 12 December.

14 November 2016

Product design for developing countries improved by more cultural knowledge

Product design for developing countries improved by more cultural knowledge

10 November 2016

Building Bridges with South Africa

Mid-October Professor Barry Dwolatzky of the University of Witwatersrand, one of the best universities in Africa, paid a visit to TU Delft. Dwolatzky leads the Johannesburg Centre for Software Engineering at the university and is director of the Tshimologong Precinct, the digital Innovation Hub in the centre of Johannesburg. Recently, Delft Global started to collaborate with the University of Witwatersrand (Wits University) in the initiative of Orange Corners, hubs for start-ups and researchers. During Dwolatzky’s visit we spoke about partnering in minor programmes, MOOCs and a toolkit for entrepreneurs in informal settlements.

10 November 2016

TU Delft partner in Orange Corners initiative

TU Delft partner in Orange Corners initiative

On September 15, 2016 the Netherlands Embassy in South Africa and its partners launched the Orange Corners (OC) initiative. OC aims to strengthen the entrepreneurial ecosystem of South Africa and intensify the links between the two countries. OC does not only cater for local African entrepreneurs but will also facilitate start-ups and researchers from the Netherlands that would like to explore their opportunities in South Africa.

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