International Development Design Summit

Published in MIT News on June 27, 2014, by Lauren McKown, D-Lab

This summer, more than 40 people from nearly 30 countries will gather in Arusha, Tanzania, to take part in the 2014 International Development Design Summit (IDDS) from July 7 to Aug. 9. 

Their mission? To co-create low-cost technologies with the potential to improve lives and alleviate poverty in Tanzania and around the globe.

The summit is a monthlong, hands-on design experience organized by the MIT-led International Development Innovation Network (IDIN) and local Tanzanians, and funded by the U.S. Agency for International Development’s Global Development Lab.

Summit participants will work with local community members to tackle development challenges related to water, agriculture, energy, and education in Tanzanian villages where many people live on less than $1.25 a day.

IDIN, a consortium of universities led by MIT’s D-Lab, is organizing the summit in close collaboration with Tanzanian partners, including the nonprofit Twende, government office CAMARTEC, social enterprise Global Cycle Solutions, and IDIN’s Tanzania-based innovation center, AISE. IDIN creates and supports a global network of change-makers, enabling design, development, and dissemination of innovations addressing key development challenges related to poverty.

IDIN and its local partners will support projects that emerge from the summit even after it’s over, providing resources, mentorship, and a workspace for innovators looking to take their prototypes to the next level.

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