Sustainable Solution With Appropriate Technological Development and Innovation (SWADIN) Conference
 

Sustainable Solution With Appropriate Technological Development and Innovation (SWADIN) Conference

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The framework “SWADIN” means freedom in an ancient Indian language “Sanskrit”. The underlying theme is to provide the stakeholders with freedom from a given societal problem. Thus, we innovate appropriate technology-based solution (for the given problem) that will be sustainable at the desired stakeholder’s level. We combine the concept of “reverse” and “disruptive” innovation in developing the solutions. This framework involves the stakeholders or the users to identify the needs, while carefully considering the associated social, cultural, economical, emotional (psychological), technical, and political constraints. With the identified needs and the “end-product in mind”, we develop or adapt technology that is innovative and uses locally or regionally available resources. To further enhance sustainability, we engage the stakeholders (the victim of the problem) from day one to be a part of the solution. Thus, these stakeholders become advocates of the solutions and some stakeholders could incorporate their entrepreneurship skills to support the commercialization of the developed solution. The global partner can be engaged in the value chain. This framework encompasses research, education and economic development. Within this SWADIN framework, we work in three major segments – a) Health and wellness, b) Safety, and c) Sustainability.

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Multidimensional Technological Innovations for Water-Linked Health & Wellness