Appropriate Technology Roundup #31: IDDS Design Review Part 1

For the next 2 appropriate technology roundups, we covering the results of the International Development Design Summit’s projects.

The summit [which ended in earlyAugust] brought together more than fifty participants from over twenty countries 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 10 projects were as follows:

  • A simpler way to manufacture essential components in our pico-hydro electric generator
  • A device for generating electricity from a treadle pump
  • A charcoal crushing machine to help make charcoal briquettes from carbonized corn cobs
  • A super low-cost computer for educational programs
  • An interlocking stabilized soil block maker
  • A pearl millet thresher
  • A ropeway system to help craftswomen in the Himalayas get their products to market
  • A low-cost modular incubator for low birth weight babies
  • A nipple shield for decreasing HIV/AIDS transmission from breast-feeding mothers to the infants
  • A hand-held tool for isolating DNA for improving diagnostic capability

Some projects progressed farther than others by the end of the month-long design conference, but all showed the innovative ideas that could be generated when a diverse and talented team put their heads together. In part 1 of this 2 part series, we’ll be looking at 5 of the 10 designs.

Energy

A pico-hydro electric generator
A device for generating electricity from a treadle pump
a charcoal crushing machine to help make charcoal briquettes from carbonized corn cobs

Tech

A super low-cost computer for educational programs

Agriculture

An interlocking stabilized soil block maker

FYI: IDDS is hosted by MIT, Olin College and Cooper-Perkins, and is sponsored by the Rockefeller Foundation and the National Collegiate Inventors and Innovators Alliance.

To be continued…

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