About the event:
A series of lunchtime talks open to everyone interested in bringing positive change to their communities, cities and working environments. A panel of industry professionals, innovators and entrepreneurs share insights and experiences with a diverse audience of the public and the design industry. An open informal discussion gives the audience a chance to participate.
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TALK100 Session 5
DESIGN, HEALTH and WELLNESS
The design thinking process has enabled the medical profession to develop products and solutions that can improve health care in rural and under-resourced communities in South Africa. Riaan Conradie from LifeQ and HealthQ Technologies has a deep understanding of various fields, from biology, physics, and engineering to functional design and business ecosystems. He has spent the past six years focusing his entrepreneurial energy on the pursuit of his most committed vision: to create an applied systems biology-enabled ecosystem that delivers content that can be actioned, is relevant to context, is universally accessible and can improve health.
John Hutchinson and Phil Goodwin’s fetal heart rate monitor has saved lives around the world. The Fetal Heart Rate Monitor won the 2009 INDEX: Design to Improve Life®, the most prestigious design award in the world. Designer Byron Qually is the talk moderator.
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Riaan is the Chief Operating and Visionary Officer at LifeQ. His passion for systems has led him to develop a deep understanding of various fields, from biology, physics, and engineering to functional design and business ecosystems. With an ability to find the underlying principles that connect fields, Riaan is able to explain the consequences of these connections with contagious enthusiasm. With a PhD in Biochemistry Riaan spent the past six years focusing his entrepreneurial energy on the pursuit of his most committed vision: to create an applied systems biology-enabled ecosystem that is able to deliver content that can be actioned, is relevant to context, is universally accessible and improves health. In addition to his role at LifeQ, Riaan is also the CEO and co-founder of HealthQ Technologies, a South African company dedicated to testing and industrialising promising new health technologies in collaboration with several global companies.
John is Chief Technical Officer at Freeplay Energy Ltd. He graduated with a Mechanical Engineering degree from the University of Cape Town in 1976, and has since acquired degrees in Business Administration and Law. He is a registered professional engineer in South Africa. He joined Freeplay when it started in 1995 and completed the development of the first clockwork wind-up radio. Freeplay pioneered the development and design of humanitarian products that use human energy as the primary power source. This has catalysed a global industry, with manufacturers worldwide producing a wide range of small consumer devices powered by human energy, and later transitioning to include solar energy. Human and solar powered products are now mainstream and can be found on retail shelves worldwide. As devices reduce their power demand, solar and human power is gaining greater consumer focus, bringing light, communication, education and medical technology to the world’s marginalised communities. John is currently leading a team responsible for the advancement of alternative-power technology, and creating new products focused on the humanitarian sector. His responsibilities include programmes to expand the reach of human and solar power, to achieve the goal of providing access to energy for all. This was particularly manifest in Freeplay’s medical products program, which he personally initiated. The Freeplay Fetal Heart Rate Monitor, a human-powered ultrasound device that measures fetal heart rate during labour is helping to save the lives of babies in several developing countries. This product won the prestigious INDEX: Design for Life® for design in 2009. John is married with a 25 year-old daughter. He enjoys water and air sports, and the outdoors in general. He travels extensively as he works to achieve his goal to make a positive difference to people’s lives.
Byron has been practising design for almost two decades, and has been fortunate to work with notable clients based in London, Taiwan, France, Sweden, USA, Kenya, Nigeria, Botswana, Japan, and his homeland South Africa. Clients include blue-chip companies, entrepreneurial start-ups, and more recently, local governments. Projects include consumer products, medical device design, GSM and GPS industrial equipment, sports equipment, and automotive research. He has a masters degree in design and is currently studying part-time for a doctorate in design and democracy.
Location: Watershed, Jubilee Hall 1, V&A Waterfront
Dock Road , Cape Town