Dr. Jaspal Sandhu and Dr. Mahad Ibrahim, Gobee, “Design Futures: Making Technology Meaningful – Bridging Research & Practice”

A major disconnect in social impact is the meaningful application of technology to complex problems. Gobee is a small, agile consultancy working to develop impact-oriented technology solutions through holistic design approaches. The talk will highlight the Gobee model of linking research and practice through presentation of current social impact engagements.

Jaspal Sandhu focuses his efforts on managing Gobee’s design activities as well as its global health portfolio. He has worked on public health design projects with populations in Mongolia, India, Guatemala, Uganda, Kenya, Nigeria, Mexico, and the United States. In 2009, he was selected as one of three iSpot Award winners by the Mayo Clinic Center for Innovation. In 2008, he was chosen by the Global Health Council as a New Investigator in Global Health. His industry design experience includes time at Nokia Research Center and Intel. He received his Ph.D. from the University of California, Berkeley, and his Master’s and Bachelor’s degrees from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.

Mahad Ibrahim is dedicated to improving information management through innovative strategy, policy, and design. He advises global corporations, international organizations, and non-profits to improve policy and technology design. An engaging instructor, Mahad is regularly invited to teach courses and conduct workshops on information and communications technology. He has developed curriculum to help demystify technology and mobilize technology adoption. He received his Ph.D. and Master degree from the University of California, Berkeley and his Bachelor’s degree from Cornell University.