UPDATE: Applications due February 20 for international participants; March 20 for Tanzanians.
Applications to participate in IDDS 2014 are now open to Tanzanians ONLY!
Participants discuss with community members to identify gaps in the post-harvest processing chain.
The International Development Design Summit (IDDS) will be convening its 8th annual summit this year in Arusha, Tanzania from July 7 to August 9, 2014. This year’s IDDS has been uniquely timed to funnel into the Nane Nane Agricultural Fair, an annual local showcasing event that occurs August 8.
The month long, bi-lingual summit aims to bring together participants from all disciplines and nationalities and teach them how to walk through the design cycle – including prototyping and, potentially, scaling – in a developing context. IDDS participants will learn how to effectively work in diverse groups with local communities, how to co-create low-cost technologies that improve livelihoods, and how to move forward with and/or pivot a prototype or venture idea. At the end of the summit, participants will also learn how to connect with a global network of innovators and utilize resources available to IDIN members. The sessions will be taught through a series of intense, hands-on activities led by the University of California Davis as well as partners from Colorado State University, the United States International University in Nairobi, the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, and a group of several highly-skilled local innovators.
MIT Senior Lecturer and IDDS Founder guides participants through the design process.
The summit will be largely based at the Njiro Vocational Education and Training Authority (VETA) on the outskirts of Arusha town in the northern part of Tanzania in Eastern Africa. For a majority of the summit, participants, organizers, and instructors will stay with roommates in the dormitories and eat at the cafeteria available on-campus. However, participants will make two community visits with organizers in which they will stay in local communities – likely with little to no electricity or water access and latrine style toilets – for a few days at a time while they work together with local innovators on particular projects.
Local innovator and IDDS 2014 organizer, Bernard Kiwia, demonstrates one of his agricultural prototypes.
There will be approximately 8-10 project groups that will be given a small amount of background information and research helpful to each group as they begin to walk from problem definition to prototyping. Each project group will comprise 5-6 participants and a design facilitator/organizer. Each design facilitator will work with two groups throughout the summit to guide them through the design process as a team. By the end of the summit, participant groups will have the opportunity to present – to the local community and the broader public – the prototypes, next steps, as well as what they learned from the process.
We believe strongly in the idea of co-creation and bringing together people from all walks of life. As such, we try to keep our costs as low as possible for participants and, in fact, waive registration fees for everyone. The only costs a participant is required to pay for is the cost of room and board ($646 USD), travel to and from the summit (varies), passport and visas fees (where necessary), health insurance (varies), yellow-fever shot (varies), malaria prophylaxis (varies) and personal incidentals. See the table below to help calculate your costs.
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|Room and Board
||This includes all meals and housing for 34 days from the arrival date (July 7) to departure date (August 9).
|Travel to and from summit
||$0 – 3000 USD, depending
||This is the cost of your travel to and from the summit, whether by bus, plane, or a combination.
||Check with your local travel provider and/or email us at
||Approximately $100 USD
||The cost to acquire a passport.
||Check with your national passport office.
||$0 – 100 USD, depending
||For Commonwealth countries (such as Kenya, Ghana, etc.) there is no visa fee. For all other countries it is $50-100 USD.
||Check with Tanzanian Immigration.
|Valid Health Insurance for Tanzania
||$0 – 90 USD
||Health insurance that is valid in Tanzania from July 7 – August 9, 2013. If you already have valid health insurance, this may be no cost.
|Yellow Fever Vaccination, Malaria Prophylaxis, and other vaccinations
||Protection against yellow fever, malaria, and other diseases. Proof of yellow fever vaccination required for entry into Tanzania for most countries.
||Check with the CDC or your local health care provider.
||Mobile phone, airtime, etc.
||Check with an IDDS alum or email
*Participants are responsible for purchasing and acquiring their own passport and visa.
We do not factor in a person’s financial standing or whether they have a passport or not when selecting participants. We strive to ensure that every participant who is selected has the opportunity to participate; and we will provide guiding materials and ideas for those who need assistance raising funds. For those who have shown they have exhausted all other funding options, we have a limited pool of scholarship funds available.
For more information visit our FAQ page or email the organizing team at .
IDDS is a function of the International Development Innovation Network (IDIN), a consortium of institutions including Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Olin College of Engineering, Colorado State University, University of California in Davis, University of Sao Paulo in Brasil, KNUST in Ghana, and NTBC in Zambia. IDIN is sponsored by the Higher Education Solutions Network (HESN), a USAID initiative to improve science, technology, and innovation.