IDDS 2014

UPDATE: Applications due February 20 for international participants; March 10 for Tanzanians. The International Development Design Summit (IDDS) will be convening its 8th annual summit this year in Arusha, Tanzania from July 7 to August 9, 2013. This year’s IDDS has been uniquely timed to funnel into the Nane Nane Agricultural Fair… More →

IDDS 2014


Our Website Needs Help!

The International Development Innovation Network (IDIN) program housed at the MIT D-Lab seeks a student worker to manage and maintain the International Development Design Summit (IDDS) website at The website is deployed using WordPress … More →

Rethink Relief Applications Open!

Rethink Relief is another IDIN summit being hosted in 2014.  It is an intense two-week, hands-on design workshop dedicated to creating technologies for humanitarian relief that specifically address the gap between short-term relief and long-term … More →

Projects 2013


Aluminum Recycling

The Aluminum Recycling Project in Chazanga involved the participation and evaluation of the Aluminum casting process. More →


Charcoal Processing

The Charcoal Processing Project Team created a low cost Kiln using locally available material to improve the burning… More →

child nutrition

Child Nutrition

The Child Nutrition Project Team designed a prototype that combines direct and indirect heating methods in one device to make… More →

mestrual hygeine

Menstrual Hygiene

Lack of affordable, menstrual hygiene options is a challenge for rural school girls and often leads to extended absences… More →

Post harvest processing

Post-Harvest Storage

Pohatek is an air tight Maize storage container developed in collaboration with community members from Chitambala… More →

waste managemnt

Waste Management

Chawama Township in Lusaka generates large quantities of garbage. This presents a number of opportunities for the youth… More →

health ICT

Health ICT

Heart Beat 5 is a simple SMS service that provides health information to mothers with children under 5, in collaboration with… More →

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Palm Leaf Processing

The Palms Project Team aimed to improve product quality and diversity through introduction of new technology and… More →

7 July – 9 Aug

The International Development Design Summit is an intense, hands-on design experience that brings together people from all over the world and all walks of life to create technologies and enterprises that improve the lives of people living in poverty. More →

Public Events

In Tanzania this summer?  Stay tuned for more information about public ceremonies and the Nane Nane festival during the 2014 IDDS in Arusha, Tanzania. More →




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