Two Weeks, 50 Participants, One Challenge: IDDS Education, Bogotá

Two weeks, 50 participants from all over the world and one challenge: finding new ways to improve education in Bogota, Colombia.

Paula Balbontin

International Development Design Summits (IDDS) are happening all over the globe and are growing faster with more than 700 alumni.

In June 2016, the summit took place in an old train station with a circus in its backyard. 50 participants came together from Colombia, Guatemala, Peru, Mexico, El Salvador and the United States in pursuit of a common vision: to improve education in Bogota, Colombia while learning about design, innovation and co-creation, knowledge. The guiding philosophy of IDDS is the idea that sustainable solutions for undeserved communities start with a deep understanding of our clients’ needs. With this understanding, the IDDS team built a collaborative environment with high schools and NGOs involved in education, design and development, to provide both partners and participants with enough information to start working and building sustainable solutions. During the summit, the participants visited schools, met with mentors and had brainstorming sessions–a small part of the overall IDDS experience. Music, traditional Colombian food and people with amazing life stories were also an important part of the IDDS model. The C-Innova innovation center supported the prototyping and building process by providing a workshop space: La Casa de la creatividad (the house of creativity) full of building tools, recyclable materials and paintings to play with and let our imagination take flight.

In September 2016, new IDDS opportunities are coming! Join the IDIN Network. Contact us: pbalbontin@ucdavis.edu or repishti@mit.edu