HXD in Developing Nations: Lessons from Brazil

  • April 3, 2013 · 7:00 PM
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Roberto Calderon is a PhD student working with a community of healthcare professionals in Brazil. This community has little or no previous experience with digital communication and information technologies; as a result, they have developed pen-and-paper and socialization-based workflows that support the functioning of their workplace.


Topics on the table:

  • How do healthcare workers in Brazil differ from those in Canada/North America?
  • How has the lack of Information and Communication Technology (ICT) changed the workflow patterns in this healthcare community?
  • How do we design and integrate ICT for developing countries in a natural and unobtrusive way?


Roberto will be presenting his experience with this community and discussing the need to re-discover the roles that technology plays in North American healthcare.


What to expect:
Unlike the previous talks, this is a case study within academia. We will explore at how "design thinking" is applied to developing nations.

Still need more info?

Roberto has kindly shared his abstract for this topic which will be presented at CHI 2013 in Paris, France. For your reference, it is uploaded in the "File" section of this Meetup group.

So come on out, have a drink or two on a Wednesday night, and learn the challenges (and opportunities!) encountered when supporting natural workflows with ICT in parts of the world where computers are still relatively new. Perhaps even re-think how our own ICT should be designed for Healthcare!

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  • Chi-En

    It was great that Roberto chose to present an overview of his work that opened into a broader, roundtable discussion with the group. I felt that we were engaged and actively participating in good discussion. The group dynamic plus the idea to pull tables together (which led to a communal wing-eating and beer-drinking fest) was key to the way the meetup progressed. :)

    April 4, 2013

  • Jenn K.

    Great intimate group discussion! Wish we had a larger turnout but the conversation was very in depth and thoughtful!

    April 3, 2013

  • Jocelyn

    Sadly, I'm not able to make it afterall.

    April 3, 2013

  • Krispian

    Double-booked that night!

    March 11, 2013

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