Last year, after a devastating series of earthquakes that impacted 6.6 million people and killed over 9000, a team of Google employees went to Nepal to help with disaster relief. Sumier Phalake was one of two User Experience Designers chosen to go as part of this team. In this talk, Sumier will recap his experiences applying design thinking to a post-disaster situation and share the results of his work there. Further, he will broaden the discussion to the role of design & research in the developing world and factors critical for success in these regions, in both commercial and non-profit contexts.
Assisting Nepal after the earthquake: Lessons learned from applying design thinking in a post-disaster context
Sumier is a Senior User Experience Designer at Google working on tools to make Googlers more productive. He also advises startups with UX issues in the valley. Prior to Google, he worked at IBM, where he took on design challenges in the media, entertainment, sports and retail industries. He has also spent time working with the non-profit world, advising them on experience strategy. Sumier received his MS in Digital Media from GeorgiaTech. Outside of his role as a designer, Sumier can be found traveling and hiking remote trails in national parks.