Essential Tech Centre

MOOCs and Courses

MOOCs – Massive Open Online Courses

Humanitarian Action in the Digital Age

Globally, digitalization is playing an increasing role in our lives, challenging and transforming all industries. The humanitarian sector is no exception. “Humanitarian Action in the Digital Age” was developed through a collaboration between the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC), Doctors Without Borders (MSF) and the EssentialTech Centre of the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology (EPFL). This six-week course aims to help humanitarians build a holistic understanding of information and communication technology. Bringing a broad range of perspectives from numerous professionals in humanitarian and technology fields, it aims to equip participants with capacity to adapt to new needs, better assess risks and opportunities, make informed decisions and  leverage digital tools effectively in the diverse contexts of humanitarian action.

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Technology Innovation for Sustainable Development

Learn how to use technology innovation as a tool to fight poverty and enable sustainable development.

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EPFL Courses

Development engineering / ENV-470 / 4 credits

This course teaches the fundamentals of technologies for development (Development Engineering) to design, pilot, and evaluate appropriate, affordable and robust technologies to address sustainable development challenges (e.g. poverty, environmental degradation) in emerging and developing countries.

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1015 Lausanne (Switzerland)
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