Frequently Asked Questions

1. What is appropriate technology?
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Appropriate technology refers to technology that is suitable for use in developing nations or less developed rural areas of industrialised nations. This is often described as using the simplest level of technology that can effectively achieve the intended purpose in a particular location. In industrialised nations, the term appropriate technology takes a different meaning, often referring to engineering that takes special consideration of its social and environmental ramifications. (Source: Appropedia)

2. What is assistive technology?
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Assistive technology refers to any item, piece of equipment, or product system, whether acquired commercially, modified, or customised, that is used to increase, maintain, or improve functional capabilities of individuals with disabilities. Assistive technology promotes greater independence by enabling people to perform tasks that they were formerly unable to accomplish, or had great difficulty accomplishing, by providing the technology needed to accomplish such tasks. (Source: Wikipedia)

3. Does Engineering Good focus on development or relief?
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Humanitarian relief refers to the rapid response required after a situation, such as a natural disaster, to assist affected populations. Development, on the other hand, refers to longer-term capacity building through engagement of local partners and communities, helping them gain access to the resources they need to improve their quality of life.

Engineering Good currently focuses on the challenges of long-term development, recognising the need for co-creating sustainable solutions that can help improve the quality of lives of developing communities. Long-term partnerships also enable us to better understand local contexts and build trust within the community, that will be valuable to us should we enter into emergency relief in the country. As the organisation establishes itself, we will review our capacity to respond to emergency relief situations.

4. Why did Engineering Good change its name from Engineers Without Borders Asia?
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With effect from mid-September 2015, we have changed our name from Engineers Without Borders Asia to Engineering Good. We hope that this will distinguish us from other similar organisations in Singapore, and more importantly, that it will better reflect the good work that we do.

Rest assured that we will remain committed to our mission of supporting disadvantaged communities through appropriate sustainable engineering solutions, and continue working towards our shared vision of a better world through humanitarian engineering.

5. Is there a role for non-engineers in Engineering Good?
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Development is a complex and multi-disciplinary process, and technology is just one of the components. Integration of any technological solution into a developing community requires a larger understanding of the (political, social, geographical, etc.) context for successful take-up. The involvement of people from different backgrounds and disciplines can therefore add diverse perspectives and benefit the overall work.

Engineering Good is a completely volunteer-run organisation, and we are constantly on the lookout for people with project management, volunteer management, marketing, communications, business development, graphic design and other skills. We welcome anyone passionate about development to apply to join our team.

Drop us a message below and we will get back to you as soon as we can. If you are looking for volunteer opportunities, please visit this page. If you are looking for partnership opportunities, please visit this page.

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Engineers Without Borders Asia - Worley Parsons

WorleyParsons is a global provider of professional services to the energy, resource, and complex process industries.

WorleyParsons shares the conviction that each individual has the ability to make a positive impact in the world, which is reflected in WorleyParsons’ internal key organisational value of leadership which strives to empower individuals and encourages them to take responsibility. WorleyParsons envisages a global support scheme of humanitarian engineering organisations in each of our Regions to further develop our internal commitment to Corporate Responsibility.

WorleyParsons Singapore is Engineering Good’s founding corporate partner. Through their Corporate Responsibility Team, WorleyParsons Singapore incubated Engineering Good (formerly known as Engineers Without Borders Asia) in Singapore. A dedicated staff was heavily involved in the inception journey of the organisation, seeing it through successful registration. WorleyParsons also provided seed-funds and office facilities to support the initial operations of the organisation.

For more information on WorleyParsons, please visit their corporate responsibility page.

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Engineers Without Borders Asia - NYC

The National Youth Council (NYC) was set up by the Singapore Government on 1 November 1989 as the national co-ordinating body for youth affairs in Singapore and the focal point of international youth affairs.

At NYC, we believe in a world where young people are respected and heard, and have the ability to influence and make a difference to the world. Together with our partners, we develop a dynamic and engaging environment where young people are inspired to dream and committed to action. 

We hear youth >>> Here for youth

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We would like to thank the following donors for their contributions to our crowdfunding campaign:

Aditya Bansal Emily Zhang Jean Oh Low Eicher Peter Stones Tan Alvin
Alan Forshaw Eric Wong Jean-Philippe Fontaine Low Zhi Ni Phua Huijia Tan Angeline
Alex Chio Esther Lim Joanne Sansfacon Luckanong Souliyavong Quek Henry Tan Hui Shan Grace
Ali Mousavi-Torbati Fauvel Simon Joy Leong Magdalen Ng Rayannah Kroeker Tan Hwee Roy
Amy Sim Fern Neo Jun Wei Tan Mani Malekesmeili Rong Wang Teo Keng Pheng
Antony Watkins Floris Jan Donders Justin Freedin Marcia Harr Bailey Ruei Lung Neo Teo Orion
Audrey Lam Fnu Md Nasir Kah Chine Sim Maria Belen Amiano Sahas Bikram Shah Teo Wee Teck
Caesar Sengupta Frederic Fauvel Kang Hua Lee Maria Kajstad Seungwoo Jun Tham Nicholas
Catherine Cyr Wright Gan Daniel Kang Yilin Marie-Helene Querin Shaan Seth Thiam Huat Ng
Cecile Weil Geraldine Kwek Kelvin Kwong Lam Loh Martin Loh Shangar Eagamathan Thye Yoke Pean
Chandrasekhar Vaddadi Gopalakrishnan Sai Aparajitha Kevin Labyt Maude Beaucaire Sharma Shweta Titan Zhuang
Cheah Lynette Grace Foo Kim Cathering Cung Mayer Hoe Shu Yang Tong Chin Hong
Chester Chee Guillaume Brouillette Ko Hak Chin Melvin Tan Sian Hun, Willy Koh Tun Ei Ei
Chin Theng Lee Han Yu Koh Joseph Meng Fan-Ru Sidji Sumijati Vincent Chua
Cho Rick Heiko Rothkranz Kok Meng Lim Mihai Barbulescu Siew Chin Chua Vincent Rajotte
Chua Serena Herk Low Ng Leong Chia Jang Neek Low Siew Ling Ho Vivien Denis
Chun Ming Au Hock Jin Alvin Tay Leong Yoke Fun Hannah Ng Jeremy Siew Yong Ong Willi Smolan
Colleen Gosse Hui Bing Thio Ler You Wei Ngiam Song Wee Silvia Hua Xin Ying Lim
Daniel Eden Hui Ching Michelle Teo Lim Cindy Nicolas Fauvel Sindhu Tjahyono Yeam Chin Heng
Daniel Luzinda Hwee Kuang Lim Lim Jean Nirupam Khanna Singh Bhavdeep Yeow Xian Ching
Dexter Chee Ivonna Ivonna Lin Han Nitish Khanna Siti Maryam Yaakub Yiyuan Qin
Di Wang Jacques Fauvel Lin Yong Xiang Pang Sze Fei Sivasothi N Yoong Heng Tan
Dongting Tay Jasmin Blais St-Laurent Loh Weng Yee Patrick Chan Stacey Rodrigues Zhang Huiguo
Ee Lyn Tan Jasmine Hu Loo Ling Tan Patrick Miller Stephanie Budiwarman  
Emilie Beaucaire Jaya Myler Low Chun Kiat Pei Lee Yeap Susanna Kho  

Special thanks to Teo Keng Pheng for sponsoring the 4% admin fee for this crowdfunding campaign ♥

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Youth Corps Singapore is a national institution that supports youths who are keen to serve the community. As the catalyst for youth volunteerism, it harnesses the energy and passion of youths to ignite positive change in society through community development projects. Bringing together Singapore Citizens and PRs aged 16 to 35, Youth Corps Singapore provides a platform for youths to learn new skills and meet like-minded peers, who aspire to go forth and create a better Singapore and a better world for all.

Click here to visit our Portal and discover how you can get involved.

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Envelope 2015

Envelope 2015, held in August of 2015, was a seminar event organised by the Engineering Good Student Chapter. Envelope exposed and engaged more than a hundred students to how organizations in Singapore use sustainable and appropriate solutions to help various communities, be it in Singapore or overseas. Guest speakers included speakers from World Toilet Organization, Operation Hope Foundation, Ground Up Initiative, NUS Energy Office and many more!

The first half of Envelope consisted of a series of talks by our invited guest speakers, where they introduced Humanitarian Engineering as it is done in its many different forms, showcasing the many possibilities for students to engage in Humanitarian Engineering as it best suits them. In the second half of Envelope, students could chose to more directly engage with speakers they were more interested in by joining their respective short workshops.

Check out Envelope 2015’s Facebook page for more photos of the event!

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Project Make-Possible with IES-NUS

Project Make Possible was an event to help bridge the current gap between engineers and disadvantaged communities. Project Make-Possible began with a Humanitarian Engineering talk, where participants were introduced to the concept of Humanitarian Engineering, followed by a Makerthon.

The Makerthon was made possible through collaboration with Infocomm Development Authority (IDA) Labs and the Society for the Physically Disabled (SPD). Over a week, 10 teams of 4 participants went to SPD to learn more about the problems faced by the physically disabled and develop prototypes to tackle problems identified for a mini-competition. The winners were awarded a total seed funding of $3000 with the option of continuing their work with SPD.

Read more about the event at SPD’s publication on Project Make-Possible and check out more photos at Project Make-Possible’s Facebook page!

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