International Development Design Summits
Hands-on, inclusive design experiences to create low-cost, practical innovations addressing poverty
Founded in 2007, International Development Design Summits (IDDS) are hands-on design experiences that bring together people from all walks of life to create low-cost, practical innovations to improve the lives of people living in poverty. IDDS emphasizes the importance of “co-creation,” the idea that working with communities is more powerful than designing solutions for them. During a summit, participants work in teams with community members from developing countries, learn the design cycle, identify problems and solutions, and test prototypes. Design summits can last two weeks or a month and typically take place in a developing country. Two-week summits delve into topics such as urban waste systems and develop innovative ideas and proposals, while month-long summits address broad topics like agriculture, health, and education and result in viable prototypes. After a summit is over, participants become part of the IDIN Network, which includes 800+ people around the world.