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Gearbox By Jessica Colaço / January 16, 2014

Upcoming International Development Design Summit (IDDS) and Rethink Relief summits by MIT D-Lab


The Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT)  D-Lab will be supporting two summits and applications are now open for both! Having attended a previous IDDS Brazil in 2012, I highly encourage any creative, innovative, unique people to apply.


Rethink Relief

Rethink Relief is an intense two-week hands-on design workshop dedicated to creating technologies for humanitarian relief that specifically address the gap between short-term relief and long-term sustainable development.  This year’s Rethink Relief will be hosted in Pader, Uganda on May 25-June 7, 2014 and is being organized by a diverse group of organizers from all over the globe and a variety of disciplines.  Participant applications are now open and will be due February 15, 2014. For more details, check out the Rethink Relief website ( or email organizers directly at


Solar Water Disinfection Box
Courtesy of MIT D-Lab


International Development Design Summit – IDDS 2014

The International Development Design Summit is an intense, month-long hands-on design experience that brings together people from all over the world to co-create technologies and enterprises that improve the lives of people living in poverty.  This year’s IDDS will be hosted by a group of Tanzanian organizers in Arusha, Tanzania from July 7-August 9, 2014. Participant applications are now open ( and will be due February 10, 2014.  Paper applications are also available in Swahili, upon request.  For more details, check out the IDDS website or email the organizers directly at

Both summits are programs of the International Development Innovation Network (IDIN), a consortium comprising MIT, Olin College of Engineering, Colorado State University, University California in Davis, KNUST in Ghana, USP in Brazil, and NTBC in Zambia. IDIN is funded through USAID’s Higher Education Solutions Network (HESN) that supports leading universities to catalyze the development and application of innovative science, technology, and engineering approaches and tools to solve some of the world’s most challenging development problems.

For any questions, please contact  Sher Vogel (

To learn more, check out the website!

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Author : Jessica Colaço

Jessica Colaço is currently the Director of Partnerships at iHub. She was the Founding Manager between 2010 and 2011 at iHub and Research Director between 2011 and 2013 at iHub Research. She is passionate about Innovation, Research, Mobile and Robotics Technology, Mentorship and Entrepreneurship in Kenya as she uses her position at iHub to court local, regional and international stakeholders to adopt Kenyan-made and African-made solutions. As an upcoming angel investor, she courts local and international investors to invest in great tech ideas and companies at idea and concept stage. She is also a Mobile and Robotics Tech Evangelist, Co-Founder of WMIAfrica and AkiraChix, ISOC-Kenya Chapter, Treasurer, ACM-W Nairobi Chapter Chair, TED Global Fellow 2009 and upcoming Guitarist. She was named one of the top 40 women under 40 years in Kenya's business scene by Business Daily on 2009, 2011 and 2012. Her endeavour is to put Kenya and Africa on the map for technology achievements and spur innovation within the country and continent! She blogs at:

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