Heather Fleming

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Heather Fleming is the CEO of Catapult Design, a product and service design firm with an expertise in human-centered design for marginalized communities. Catapult partners with organizations to develop sustainable solutions that address technology and social issues such as: rural electrification, water purification and transport, food security, and improved health. Before starting Catapult, Heather was a product design consultant in Silicon Valley, designing products for a diverse range of corporate clients and an Adjunct Lecturer at Stanford University and California Academy of the Arts. In 2005, she co-founded and led a volunteer group, the Appropriate Technology Design Team (ATDT), focused on social impact design work through a professional chapter of Engineers Without Borders (EWB) in San Francisco. The ATDT still exists today and engages hundreds of volunteers in engineering and design challenges throughout the developing world. Heather was named a PopTech Social Innovation Fellow and World Economic Forum Young Global Leader for her work with EWB and Catapult Design. She is also a Board member for the Navajo Chamber of Commerce and serves on ASME’s Engineering and Global Development committee, chairing an initiative to create standardized evaluation metrics and design guidelines for products distributed in impoverished communities.
  • Lab participant PopTech Climate Resilience Lab
  • Fellow 2008 Social Innovation Fellows
  • Fellow PopTech 2008
  • Faculty 2013 Social Innovation Fellows
  • Speaker PopTech 2016
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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.

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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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