Tech for Humanity
What is Tech for Humanity?
Tech for Humanity is a university-wide effort that emphasizes Virginia Tech’s role as one of the top human-centered comprehensive universities leading discovery, learning, and engagement to address the societal impact of technological innovation through human-centered approaches.
The initiative foregrounds the role of ethics, empathy, policy, responsible innovation, equity, human-factor design, human identity, creativity, global collaboration, societal values, inclusion and diversity, sustainability, and attention toward the future of work to ensure a viable outlook for human thriving amidst significant innovations in technology that will shape our world in the decades to come.
Tech for Humanity is an Ut Prosim (That I May Serve) approach and supports Virginia Tech’s focus on service to humanity with a Beyond Boundaries vision to enrich VT’s global leadership for societal transformation.
Tech-for-Humanity is doubly meaningful, communicating that:
- Technology must be guided by human-centered approaches
- Virginia Tech is committed to serving humanity, particularly as a comprehensive research university that is leading technological innovation
The Tech for Humanity initiative recognizes that technology is fundamentally a human issue that demands comprehensive, human-centered approaches. Virginia Tech is uniquely positioned to help lead this new era of human-centered technology.
Why Virginia Tech?
The Tech for Humanity initiative expresses Virginia Tech’s leadership as one of the nation’s top human-centered comprehensive universities implementing university-wide scholarship that advances human-centered work on technology innovation.
Tech for Humanity Scholars
Tech for Humanity is happening across the entire university as scholars in every college and across centers and institutes incorporate human-centered questions, methods, and outcomes into their work.