FORA.tv Speaker - Beth Kolko
Beth Kolko is a Professor of Human Centered Design & Engineering at the University of Washington in Seattle, USA. She is also a Founder and CEO of Shift Labs, an engineering and manufacturing company designing low cost health technologies for low resource communities.
As an academic, Beth began researching the Internet in the days of newsgroups and Lynx, and today runs the Design for Digital Inclusion (DDI) lab at UW. DDI works on technology development for resource-constrained environments. The DDI group thinks about the other five billion potential users and how technologies can help address the challenges of everyday life globally. She also runs the Hackademia Lab which builds on the idea of “non-expert innovation” as the source of disruptive technologies. She started Hackademia in an attempt to bring the habits of mind of hackers and makers into the university setting. Beth is fascinated by creativity, innovation, and how a new perspective on an old problem can be a game changer. She co-founded Shift Labs because she and her colleagues decided the medical device industry was ready for some hacker disruption.
10.20.12 | 01:00:19 min
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