05 August 2008

IDDS Design Summit Finale ~ 4-6p Wed 8/6/2008 @ MIT Media Lab

Everyone's invited to the Finale of the second International Development Design Summit (IDDS) at the MIT Media Lab's lower-level and Bartos Theater this Wednesday afternoon-evening, August 6th, from 4-6pm! The summit has brought 60 participants to MIT to spend a month learning about design and creating technologies to improve the lives of people in the developing world. This year's projects include:
  • a device for decreasing the transmission rates of HIV/AIDS from mothers to their babies
  • a charcoal crushing machine to help make charcoal briquettes from corn cobs
  • a ropeway system to help craftswomen in the Himalayas get their products to market.
  • a pearl millet thresher
  • an incubator for low birth weight babies
  • a super low-cost computer for educational programs
  • an interlocking stabilized soil block maker
  • a pico-hydro electric generator
  • a hand-held tool for isolating DNA for improving diagnostic capability
  • a device for generating electricity from a treadle pump
Plus, you can learn about Public Service Center funding resources that may enable graduate and undergraduate students to work with the participants in their communities. Representatives from the MIT International Development Network and the MIT International Development Initiative will also be their to discuss other opportunities for getting involved with international development at MIT. Tasty hors d'oeuvre (both veggie and carne) will be served towards the larger goal of helping connect people from throughout MIT and the greater-Cambridge international development community with one another and with our visiting IDDS participants. Please spread the word about this Finale event and feel free to invite friends and colleagues!

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