Heather Fleming

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Heather Fleming is a designer, engineer, and entrepreneur motivated by social inequality. In 2005, she led a volunteer group of engineers and designers focused on humanitarian design projects via a professional chapter of Engineers Without Borders. Three years later she co-founded Catapult Design in San Francisco to make design and technical capacity accessible to entrepreneurs and organizations working within disadvantaged communities. Fleming is a PopTech Social Innovation Fellow and a World Economic Forum Young Global Leader. She previously worked in the Silicon Valley product development consulting world and has nine years of experience working with multi-disciplinary teams to design, develop, and deliver product solutions for a diverse range of companies. Fleming was also previously an Adjunct Lecturer at Stanford University in the Mechanical Engineering department and a Senior Lecturer at California College of the Arts in the Industrial Design department. She serves on the Board of Directors of the Navajo Chamber of Commerce on the Navajo Nation and chairs a committee within ASME’s Engineering for Global Development initiative.
  • Lab participant PopTech Climate Resilience Lab
  • Fellow 2008 Social Innovation Fellows
  • Fellow PopTech 2008
  • Faculty 2013 Social Innovation Fellows
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Data, impact, jobs, design: 20 minutes with PopTech Fellows

Data, impact, jobs, design: 20 minutes with PopTech Fellows

Earlier this week, we opened the nominations for the 2014 class of PopTech Social Innovation Fellows. To celebrate our search for the next generation of innovators, we’re highlighting the work of a few PopTech Fellow alumni. Enjoy!Read more »

This week in PopTech: Rebuilding the dream, designing for impact, and taking back the purple

This week in PopTech: Rebuilding the dream, designing for impact, and taking back the purple

There’s always something brewing in the PopTech community. From the world-changing people, projects and ideas in our network, a handful of this week’s highlights follows.

Van Jones (PopTech 2007) is founding president of Rebuild the Dream, a pioneering initiative to restore good jobs and economic opportunity. In Jones’ new book, Rebuild Read more »

International Women's Day 2012

Today is the 40th anniversary of International Women’s Day. Intended as a celebration and recognition of women’s achievements and advancement, the day boasts special events, discussions and projects related to women’s issues from around the globe.

Here are just a few of the events taking place today in honor of International Women’s Day (check IWD’s site for

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FLAP Videos from a Navajo Reservation

Editor’s note: For more on the FLAP off-grid solar project, see the PopTech FLAP page.

One might think of living at the “base of the pyramid” as an unimaginably difficult situation confined to those in the developing world, but there are plenty of people living at the base right here in the United States in the 21st century—people like Pat Boone.

I

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Co-working for Social Good

Co-working for Social Good

Editor’s note: Heather Fleming is a 2008 PopTech Social Innovation Fellow and the CEO of Catapult Design, an organization that develops “human-centered products” for BoP (bottom of the pyramid). Below, she tells us why her company works from a co-working space for social entrepreneurs in San Francisco.

“It’s kinda like a third

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Fellows Friday: Recent Tweets We Have Seen and Favorited

Fellows Friday: Recent Tweets We Have Seen and Favorited

Our group of 2008 and 2009 Social Innovation Fellows is incredibly active—and they often work together and link to each other’s work.

Some of our favorite tweets from them in the past few days are below; you can follow them on Twitter on the PopTech SI Fellows List.

Jason Aramburu of @re_char is tweeting from the NE Biochar

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