Zambia will host the 2013 International Design Development Summit (IDDS) in Lusaka. With the common vision of finding solutions that give hope to some of the world’s poor communities, IDDS’s most vibrant and remarkable organizers will again team up in Zambia for an exciting and innovative four weeks in July 2013
IDDS 2013 recognizes that there are people with ideas for solutions to problems that affect the communities they live in. Due to limited support and sometimes lacking self-confidence to push these ideas forward the world has missed some key solutions to pressing challenges. IDDS 2013 will focus on working with these people, to produce technologies that not only will improve lives but will also offer opportunities for social entrepreneurship.
Under the theme Better Living through Collaborative Innovations, the summit will identify prospective founders of solutions as a start point for the projects. These founders will then work on design teams of people from diverse backgrounds to develop and improve the design of their technologies. This summit will also make use of the abundant resources found in the rural and peri-urban areas of Zambia.
This summit is part of the vision for improving design approaches, particularly in southern Africa where Zambia is part of the Southern African Innovation Support Network and where country to country collaborations are weak and rarely used as platforms for developing lasting solutions to common social challenges.
Applications to participate in IDDS 2013 Zambia have now closed.