International Development Design Summit

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International Development Design Summit
Headquarters Cambridge, Massachusetts, United States
Area served Worldwide
Founder(s) Amy B. Smith[1]
Slogan(s) Collaboration Design Development Dissemination
Alexa rank 2,623,520 [2]
Type of site Academic conference
Available in English, multilingual subtitle, transcript
Launched 2007
Current status Active

The International Development Design Summit is a collaboration to find cost effective technology solutions for the third world. It was first held in 2007 at MIT. It is held annually to study problems in the developing world and create real, workable solutions to them.[3]


"I believe very strongly that solutions to problems in the developing world are best created in collaboration with the people who will be using them", said founder Amy Smith .[3] "By bringing this group of people together, we get an incredibly broad range of backgrounds and experiences.[3]

WorldChanging reported on August 14, 2007 that the results from the first International Development Design Summit (IDDS) had been very positive with end products including an off-grid refrigeration unit tailored for rural areas using an evaporative cooling method to store perishable food and a low-cost greenhouse from recycled and widely available materials.[4]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "IDDS 2007". January 23, 2009. Retrieved 2012-07-09. 
  2. ^ Alexa, Accessed: July 9, 2012
  3. ^ a b c "Making a difference in the developing world" by Heather Manning, MIT News, July 13, 2007.]
  4. ^ "South-South Design Flourishes at MIT Summit" by Jonathon Greenblatt, World Changing. August 14, 2007