This year’s TU Delft iGEM human practices team takes a step outside of the lab to ensure that our project AptaVita is a responsible innovation that will help in the battle against micronutrient deficiencies. To make a responsible innovation, it is essential to get a good understanding of the problem and the desired solution. To carefully decide on which technical design to implement in our product, it is important to conduct an analysis on the different actors, their values and norms, and the possible conflicting values between those actors. We approached this through a value-sensitive design.
Once the value-sensitive design was set up, we started sending out emails to get in touch with different actors for our project. And with success … we have already conducted various interviews with experts on frugal innovations for diagnostics. This has already started to shape our project. We are really excited about these first new insights and we hope that this will help to make a vitamin detection test that contributes to the battle against micronutrient deficiency in the best possible way.