Managing Frugal Innovation: the Challenges of Humanitarian Engineering


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Frugal Innovation is a strong trend in humanitarian engineering, as it is based on the idea of using less resources. However, managing frugal innovation can be a challenge in impoverished areas. In this talk, we will discuss these challenges and present some ideas on how to overcome some of the problems.

  Date and Time




  • National Instruments
  • 4600 Patrick Henry Drive
  • Santa Clara, California
  • United States 95054

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Prof. Silvia Figueira PhD, Director of the Frugal Innovation Hub, Santa Clara University of Santa Clara University


Managing Frugal Innovation: the Challenges of Humanitarian Engineering


Dr. Silvia Figueira received her B.S. and M.S. degrees in Computer Science from the Federal University of Rio de Janeiro (UFRJ), Brazil, and her Ph.D. degree also in Computer Science from the University of California, San Diego. Currently, she is an Associate Professor of Computer Engineering at Santa Clara University. Her research is in the area of performance evaluation and prediction, recently with a focus on energy efficiency. She is also the director of the SCU Frugal Innovation Hub, in which she leads the Mobile Lab and advises students working on mobile applications for under-served communities and emerging markets. She has published over 70 papers and has established several collaborations with both companies in Silicon Valley and social entrepreneurs in the United States and abroad.


 6:00 PM: Registration & Informal Networking
 6:30 PM: Introduction, News
 6:45 PM: Guided Networking
 7:00 PM: Dinner
 7:30 PM: After Dinner Presentation
 8:45 PM: Adjourn