The guiding philosophy of IDDS is the idea that sustainable solutions for undeserved communities start with a deep understanding of our clients’ needs. 

The University of California, Davis PIET-Lab is an International Development Innovation Network (IDIN) [academic/institutional/innovation center] partner. IDIN builds a diverse, global network of innovators to design, develop, and disseminate low-cost technologies to alleviate poverty. IDIN and its partners are funded by the USAID US Global Development Lab.

In order to fulfill the IDIN mission, UC Davis will help expand the IDIN network by working with its partner institutions in Honduras, Uganda, Thailand, Ecuador, Guatemala, and Zambia to set up D-lab courses at partner institutions and to actively recruit two candidates to attend an IDDS summit in 2013.

IDDS is an intense, hands-on design experience that brings together people from all over the world and all walks of life to create technologies and enterprises that improve the lives of people living in poverty. Unlike most academic conferences, we emphasize the development of prototypes, not papers and proceedings. In moving the technologies on the path from idea to implementation to impact we aim to create real ventures, not just business plans. IDDS is part of the revolution in design that aims to encourage, promote, and build more research and development resources that focus on the needs of the world’s poor. We draw inspiration from several current models of innovation, design and community empowerment: co-creation, cross-disciplinary collaborations and crowd sourcing.

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As part of the IDIN collaboration, the UC Davis PIET-Lab will also play a lead role in developing the curriculum for themed summits in energy and agriculture. This will include developing and delivering new “Build-It” lab modules, case studies, and presentations, as well as facilitating UC Davis faculty and students participation in the summits as organizers, presenters, or participants. PIET-Lab students and staff will provide ongoing technical support and group mentorship to the innovation centers before, during, and after the summits.

Each year, IDIN graduate student “fellows” with expertise in energy and agriculture will prepare and deliver education modules in energy and agriculture at the International Design and Development Summits (IDDS). They will build off existing UC Davis PIET-Lab curriculum based on successful innovations in technology and business including:

  • Off grid power, cooking, and renewable energy including solar micro-grids and phone charging, biogas from agriculture and food waste, and pico hydro-electric utilities.
  • Agriculture and post harvest technologies including biochar production and use, high-efficiency irrigation and pumping, and the processing, drying, storing, and transportation of high value crops.

The UC Davis PIET-Lab will lastly engage its students within the IDIN network primarily through classes and research projects in the winter and spring quarters, as well as a summer field practicum. Students will thus be engaged with IDIN projects and will be trained in IDDS design methodology through their participation in the IDDS summits.

For more information, visit the Idin website.