Matthew - EWB Humanitarian Design Summit - Nepal

Bachelor of Engineering/Arts
February 2018

My experience

I had a fantastic experience on the EWB Nepal Humanitarian Design Summit. Following the summit, I consider myself particularly fortunate to have been able to experience life in a remote Nepali village. Not only did it provide me with a host of amazing memories and the opportunity to learn and have fun with wonderful people, the summit allowed me to develop new skills (such as how to communicate through a translator) and (most importantly) learn about human-centred design. Learning and then applying this type of design process to develop a prototype solution to a problem we identified in our village (in my case, how might we improve the local production of honey!) was an invaluable glimpse into how we should focus upon the needs of an individual or community. It is significantly (and refreshingly) different to the design projects we receive at university.