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
||An initiative of Engineers Without Borders Australia which connects Australian engineering firms with pro bono work for community organisations.
||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.
Humanitarian Engineering Organisations
|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.
|Centre for Appropriate Technology (CfAT)
||A non-profit organisation that works with Northern Territory remote communities to improve quality of life through appropriate technology projects.
Emergency & Disaster Relief
||A non-profit organisation that deploys technical professionals to UN agencies for civil and crisis response.
|CP Tech (evolution of Dreamfit Foundation)
||A consultancy that provides customised technical and recreational solutions for people living with disabilities.
||A non-profit organisation that develops assistive technologies for people living with disabilities.
||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.
||The Wikipedia of appropriate technologies.
|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.
||A celebration of engineering; read it and tell me you’re not inspired by engineers!
||The national representative body of engineers in Australia.
Helpful production resources (just a few of many)