Further Links

Scratch beneath the surface and there’s a world of humanitarian engineering initiatives in Australia, online and overseas. These were a few of my favourites discovered while researching the documentary.

Humanitarian Engineering Networks
Lytbulb An online platform to connect engineers and engineering firms with pro bono work in community development.
EWB Connect An initiative of Engineers Without Borders Australia which connects Australian engineering firms with pro bono work for community organisations.
Australia’s Bridge A clearing house to connect Australian engineering firms with pro bono work for local community groups.
Engineering for Change A forum for engineers and other technical professionals to collaborate on improving quality of life all over the world.


More on Humanitarian Engineering
Journal of Humanitarian Engineering A journal that gathers research, studies, experiences and knowledge of best practice around humanitarian engineering, initiated by Engineers Without Borders Australia.
Global Humanitarian Engineering Awards Awards that celebrate outstanding contributions to humanitarian engineering by individuals and organisations from around the globe, started by two of my friends and fellow EWB volunteers.
Year of Humanitarian Engineering Engineers Australia’s official Year of Humanitarian Engineering (2011).
The Rise of The Reluctant Innovator A book about humanitarian innovation by individuals who foresaw their future in other fields.
The Iron Ring The Wikipedia entry for a quirky Canadian tradition: the Iron Ring is a band worn voluntarily by engineers to remind them of the ethics and duties towards humanity inherent to their profession.
Resources on Natural Disaster Risk Management A collection of knowledge and resources about crisis relief in natural disasters, curated by the World Federation of Engineering Organisations.


Humanitarian Engineering Organisations

Community Development

Engineers Without Borders Australia A non-profit organisation aimed at creating change through humanitarian engineering in indigenous, overseas and local communities.
Live & Learn A non-profit organisation that supports communities across the Asia-Pacific region through education, community development and emergency and disaster relief with local staff.
CAT (Centre for Appropriate Technology) A non-profit organisation that works with Northern Territory remote communities to improve quality of life through appropriate technology projects.

Emergency & Disaster Relief

RedR Australia A non-profit organisation that deploys technical professionals to UN agencies for civil and crisis response.

Disability Support

Dreamfit Foundation A non-profit organisation that provides customised technical and recreational solutions for people living with disabilities.
Tech4Life A non-profit organisation that develops assistive technologies for people living with disabilities.

Biomedical Engineering

Cochlear Developers of the first multi-channel cochlear implant, Cochlear develops and brings to market a range of devices to assist people living with hearing loss.
MTAA (Medical Technology Association of Australia) The industry body representing manufacturers and suppliers of medical technologies in Australia.

Rehabilitation Engineering

What is rehabilitation engineering? A definition according to Engineers Australia about this lesser-known branch of engineering, which develops, delivers and otherwise mobilises assistive technologies for people with disabilities or facing recovery.
Appropriate Technology


Msafiri Mzungu (blog) Reflections on the role of technology in developing countries: when it’s appropriate, and when it isn’t.
Owen in Malawi (blog) EWB Canada volunteer Owen Malawi’s experiences in Malawi, with a focus on the PlayPumps case study.
Some NGOs CAN adjust to failure More on the PlayPumps case study: an article from the Aid Watch blog.
International development aid: a ‘hand out’ or a ‘leg up’? An article about the difference between service delivery and capacity development, written by my friend and fellow EWB volunteer.


Appropredia The Wikipedia of appropriate technologies.
Good Aid Works Stories of success from international development projects.
Design That Matters A non-profit organisation that develops technology for disadvantaged communities.
10 Cases of Appropriate Technology Just a bit of light fun: Listverse’s take on 10 appropriate technologies. Superficial, but a simple starting point for further research.


D-Lab, MIT (Massacusetts Institute of Technology) An engineering design course with a focus on appropriate technology.
Extreme: Design for Extreme Affordability An engineering design course with a focus on appropriate technology.


Engineering Icons A celebration of engineering; read it and tell me you’re not inspired by engineers!
Engineers Australia The national representative body of engineers in Australia.


Humanitarian Sector
A History of the Humanitarian Sector A paper on the history of the humanitarian sector from the UK’s Overseas Development Institute (ODI).
Humanitarian Advisory Group An Australian advisory group that promotes best practice in humanitarian aid (as featured in the documentary: Beth Eggleston).
Overseas Development Institute The UK’s leading independent think tank on international development and humanitarian issues.

Helpful production resources (just a few of many)


Creative Cow          
Mike Russell (Music Radio Creative)          
Desktop Documentaries          



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