International Network on Appropriate Technology

    “Appropriate Technology” (AT) is the technology to empower people. The more the world population is empowered, the more the world’s human resources can be utilized, and the better equipped the mass of human society is to exercise democracy.

    All About INAT

    Appropriate technology (AT) is technology that is designed with special consideration to the environmental, ethical, cultural, social and economical aspects of the community it is intended for. With these goals in mind, AT typically requires fewer resources, is easier to maintain, has a lower overall cost and less of an impact on the environment compared to industrialized practices. Most importantly, Appropriate Technology is technology to empower people.

    The INAT is the work of a group of academics and practitioners promoting technology to empower people that started with a national symposium on appropriate technology held at Howard University in 1998. During the past fifteen years, we have conducted six international conferences, three Howard University symposia, various projects and presentations. These events have generated a climate of curriculum and technology innovation conducive to further expansion of our network. This laid the groundwork for a broader international conference and appropriate technology fair held in November 2014 at Kenyatta University in Nairobi Kenya. It also included an ethics and technology workshop, a hackathon and a special student posters and projects session. The theme of the conference was Appropriate Technology for the 21st Century: Technological Innovation to Empower Africa.


    “Appropriate Technology” (AT) is the technology to empower people. The more the world population is empowered, the more the world’s human resources can be utilized, and the better equipped the mass of human society is to exercise democracy.


    Public education on “what is appropriate technology” is central to the mission of the International Network on Appropriate Technology (INAT). Our ongoing work is to bring Appropriate Technology to the forefront of discussion and practice regarding science and technology—in education, policy, research, development, and deployment.


    1. Develop an international network of appropriate technology researchers and practitioners (focusing on people of color) committed to assisting poorer communities and the global south.
    2. Support appropriate technology projects to empower the disadvantaged, focusing on people of color.
    3. Organize regional and Intenational conferences, workshops and symposiums to facilitate objectives 1 and 2.
    4. Develop a web portal to support objective 1, 2 and 3

    Upcoming 9th International Conference on Appropriate Technology


    The 9th ICAT will:

    1. Promote Knowledge-based Technology Exchange and the related diffusion of innovation to support Appropriate Technology (AT) practice 
    2. Identify, initiate and combine AT contributions based on both pre-modern and modern knowledge exchange in a manner that is rooted in community empowerment 
    3. Provide a forum for networking on AT solutions for the 21st century through the cross-pollinating innovative thinking in recognition, valorisation and re-appropriation of a diverse group of creative ideators

    Format of Abstracts, Papers, Posters and Projects

    The process to be followed by the SCIENTIFIC COMMITTEE will guarantee the academic quality of what is delivered at the conference and published in the proceedings. All abstracts will be double blind, peer-reviewed. Authors of accepted abstracts will be invited to submit full papers, which will also be double, blind, peer-reviewed. All abstracts and papers should adhere to a format provided through the document: INSTRUCTIONS FOR AUTHORS.

    Important Dates

    We encourage everyone to take the needed precautions to protect themselves against Covid-19. Your safety and well-being comes first.

    We will keep everyone informed of any changes to our 9 th ICAT. In any event we will have a quality paper review process and an approved conference proceedings.

    Conference announcement and call for participation:      November 2019
    Full paper submission deadline: April 20, 2020
    Paper reviews and feedback: May 30, 2020
    Final paper submission: June 30, 2020

    All papers submitted at:

    Registration Fees

    Registration (early is before September 10)

    Early Professional 5000 Rand
    Regular Professional      5500 Rand
    Early Student 2000 Rand
    Regular Student 3000 Rand

    Please check back soon for the registration link.

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