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Engineering for Real World Problems

Ten tips on using your maker skills for humanitarian, environmental, and social causes.

Written by Benedetta Piantella

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John Simeonidis Jr.

BENEDETTA PIANTELLA (pictured with the head of a Maasai village in Narok County, Kenya) is a designer turned humanitarian technologist who has built partnerships with organizations such as the UN and UNICEF and has deployed projects in countries such as Uganda, Kenya, and Tanzania. She is currently a full-time faculty member at NYU-ITP.

IT ALL BEGAN FOR ME NINE YEARS AGO: I was a designer and artist interested in processes and new techniques, busy building interactive ...

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