To the right are brief descriptions of the design challenges from IDDS 2013. These challenges were proposed by our Zambian community partners, organizing staff, and participants.


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 →