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IDDS Applications Open!

Two IDDS applications are concurrently open until January 20th, 2015.

One of the applications is to participate in IDDS Aarogyam – India that will be focused designing low-cost technologies that address global health challenges in Chennai, India from July 6 – August 1, 2015.

The second application is to participate in IDDS D’Kar that will focus on designing low-cost technologies that improve desert livelihoods in D’Kar, Botswana from August 3 to August 15, 2015.

For more information on both summits, check out the posts below!

IDDS Aarogyam – India Participant Apps now Open!

Apply online here!


What is IDDS?
The International Development Design Summit (IDDS) is an intense, hands-on design experience that brings together people from all walks of life to co-create low cost technologies that improve the livelihoods of people living in poverty. IDDS is part of the International Development Innovation Network (IDIN) program, an effort funded by USAID’s Higher Education Solution Network (HESN). The IDIN program is led by MIT, but includes other academic, institutional, and innovation center partners in the US, Brazil, Ghana, Zambia, Tanzania, Uganda, and Singapore, as well as over 400 former IDDS participants living and working across the globe. IDDS is a collaborative effort organized by local organizers and other IDIN members. Read more about IDDS and IDIN here.

What is IDDS Aarogyam – India?
IDDS Aarogyam – India is a 4 week summit on health focused Interventions and technologies creating avenues for access to health care in resource poor setups, that will be hosted by HIVE in Chennai, India from July 06, 2015 to August 01, 2015. The HIVE is a nonprofit organization in Chennai, India with focus on providing a space for innovations to come to life and thrive. The HIVE will be a one-stop shop for any innovators – giving him/her access to knowledge, expert advice and market information & networks. Quality healthcare, especially in rural India is inaccessible to the masses due to issues pertaining to affordability, ill equipped public health system, and healthcare providers not empowered enough to affect change. This leaves 700 million people without any access to specialized care and one million deaths every year.  IDDS Aarogyam – India aims at facilitating holistic healthcare solutions that meets the people where they are, acknowledging their status, aspirations and dignity by bringing together a global and specialized mix of participants who undergo intensive modules that nurture co creation, facilitated by experts to create basic prototypes and business models of practical technologies that improve the quality of healthcare services and render it accessible to the masses in resource poor setups. Read more about IDDS Aarogyam – India here.

What would a participant do at IDDS Aarogyam – India?
Participants will learn about the collaborative design process and work closely with local communities to be able to develop contextually relevant solutions that can be deployed to strengthen the healthcare system and empower the various stakeholders in the process. By the end of the 4-week experience, the participants will create about 9 prototypes and business models that will aid public private partnership in the health space and promote adoption in the communities where they are designed. While these prototypes and business models will be designed specifically to support the creation of inclusive healthcare solutions in the communities where the summit is organized, the intention is that they will have the potential to scale and replicate across geographies in need of access to quality healthcare.

What would a participant do after IDDS Aarogyam – India?
After IDDS, each participant becomes a member of the larger International Development Innovation Network (IDIN) with over 400 other IDDS alumni from all over the globe. Through IDIN, alumni have access to a variety of resources and opportunities to support their project they started at IDDS and/or other innovative ideas they develop after IDDS.  During the summit, we have specific sessions that orient participants to what it means to be apart of the network, how to stay connected, and what opportunities and resources are available (for you, your project, and/or the community you worked with).

What types of participants are you looking for?
For IDDS Aarogyam – India, we are looking to bring together a mix of 45 participants who:

  • Have expertise or a background in: public health, engineering, design, business, government, or local community living (farmers, mothers, welders, mechanics, etc.)
  • Enjoy creating things with their hands and believe they can solve problems
  • Show passion and enthusiasm for improving livelihoods with technology, even if they are not a technologist
  • Have a strong likelihood to continue working on their project and/or another IDIN activity after the summit
  • Are excellent team players
  • Represent a diversity of nationalities, cultures, ages, genders, professions,interests, and backgrounds

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When and how can I apply?
Applications are now open! If you are interested to participate in IDDS Aarogyam – India, please complete the application here by January 20, 2015 at 5pm EST. While we prefer that you submit your application through our online platform or have someone help you to do so. However, if you are in an area with low internet access, you can download the application, write in the answers, and mail to the address below by January 20:

Sanjukta Das, ayzh HLPL,
Ist Floor, IITM Research Park,
Kanagam Road, Taramani, Chennai 600113

Any incomplete applications or applications received after 5pm EST will not be considered. If you have any questions or technical difficulties, please email

Are there any eligibility criteria?
Yes. In order to be considered for IDDS Aarogyam – India:

  • Applicants must complete application on time – no late or incomplete applications will be reviewed.
  • Applicants must be at least 18 years of age to apply.
  • Applicants must be able to attend the entire Summit.
  • Applicants should have a background in at least one of the following fields is key: public health, engineering, design, business, government, or local community living (farmers, mothers, welders, mechanics, etc.)

How much does it cost to participate in IDDS Aarogyam – India?
The organizing committee does everything it can to keep costs as low as possible. For this reason there are no registration fees for accepted participants. However, there are room and board costs as well as transport and health costs. The following are the expenses associated with participation in IDDS Aarogyam – India in Chennai, India. All costs are in USD.

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Are there any scholarships or financial assistance available?
For those who feel they are unable to cover or fundraise the complete costs outlined above, there will be a small amount of financial assistance available. To apply for financial assistance, please complete the Financial Assistance Form by January 27 at 5pm. If you have any questions, please contact the IDDS financial assistance committee at Each applicant’s financial assistance application will be reviewed separately from your program application – meaning your financial status will not be considered when we are selecting participants.

Other Questions or Comments?
Contact the lead organizer Habib Anwar and the organizing team at Or reach out to Habib directly at habib at