“How can Frugal Innovations become Inclusive Innovations?” On Friday, 27th of November our team participated in a workshop organized by the Centre for Frugal Innovation in Africa in collaboration with the European Association of Development Research and Training Institutes (EADI) and their working group ‘Frugal Innovation and Development’. The workshop consisted of an interactive exercise where the participants were asked to choose one of the six available themes and then think of a value proposition and a corresponding business model. They could choose among “village health workers”, “pharmacies”, “humanitarian organization”, “as standalone”, “as service” and “as research product”.
The variety of themes and the three rounds we did, gave the participants a clear idea of the different perspectives one can look from at the fever thermometer. With which one of the rounds, a totally different business model as well as design considerations were created. For example, for the pharmacies theme, the thermometer was thought to come in a “service package” together with weight and blood pressure measurements whereas for the research theme the thermometer would be used for free during awareness campaigns with the purpose of collecting epidemiological data about preventive health.