Rethink Relief is an intense design workshop dedicated to creating technologies for humanitarian relief that specifically address the gap between short-term relief and long-term sustainable development. This hands-on event is an unique opportunity for practitioners, designers and recipients of humanitarian aid to engage and develop a holistic approach to relief that considers the transition from emergency response to post-disaster self-sufficiency as an integral part of the planning and implementation process.

The 2014 summit will be held at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology in Boston from November 9th to 15th . We bring together people from diverse backgrounds to form multi-disciplinary teams that will work on projects that engage residents of relief camps in designing technologies that ease the transition from relief camps to resettlement in the village. Teams will be guided through the design process, from the initial problem framing through idea generation, experimentation, sketch modelling, concept selection and prototype fabrication.

Prior to the workshop, we will be working with residents of the Adjumani refugee camps in Uganda and former residents of the Pader IDP camps to gather information about their experiences in order to develop design challenges for the summit.

As we work to develop these solutions, we seek to form a community that will continue to collaborate in the future.

Rethink Relief is organized by D-Lab at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, and the  Faculty of Industrial Design Engineering in Delft, Netherlands.

In order to contact us, please send email to info@rethinkrelief.com