Background: In the Spring of 2014, GoSun Stove was awarded a grant by the Global Alliance For Clean Cookstoves with the goal of developing an economically sustainable business structure and desirable product offering to the Guatemalan market in an attempt to reduce the use of dirty cooking fuels and their harmful effects. With activities starting in the May of 2014, a capable and passionate group of American and Guatemalan designers, researchers, and business developers will undertake a user centered design process including pilot studies, focus groups and participatory design sessions with women and community organizations across Guatemala in the pursuit of a socially and economically catalyzing solar cooking solution.
Hi I’m Matt, and for the next six months I will be leading the design efforts of the GoSun Guatemala Project and documenting its progress.
The project has kicked off with an early research and relationship building trip to Guatemala taking place through the months of April and May. Our small yet capable team will visit and demonstrate our technology to potential partner communities and organizations as well as gather feedback from individuals and business we find on the way.
A recent graduate from the Industrial Design program at the University of Cincinnati, I’m going to be spearheading the prototyping, design evaluation and redesign effort. Throughout the project I will be moving between communities assisting with design research processes and producing new prototype material when possible.