International Development Fair Attracts Hundreds

By Laura Sampath, Manager, International Development Initiative

The 7th annual International Development Fair (IDF) took place on Friday, October 3rd. Each year, the Fair provides incoming and continuing MIT students the opportunity to learn about ways that they can become engaged in international development through student groups, nonprofit organizations, or academic course offerings in and around the MIT campus. On that Friday, over 40 groups and organizations of all types set up booths to display their development projects and enlist the interested students who pass through the fair grounds.

In addition, this year’s IDF coincided with the launch of the Campaign for Students, an effort to raise $500 million for undergraduate scholarships, graduate fellowships, curriculum innovation and student life. Senior lecturer Amy Smith delivered the keynote speech to approximately 200 alums in Kresge Auditorium. Armed with a multitude of examples of work that is being done at MIT, the participants in the Campaign then followed the footsteps and balloons to Lobby 13. They then spent an hour talking to students, faculty and staff who comprise the dynamic international development community at MIT.

The 2008 MIT Guide to International Development can found at: http://web.mit.edu/idn/docs/IDF-Guide-2008.pdf.

The next event hosted by the International Development Network will be the end of semester celebration on December 10th in the Media Lab.