International Development Innovation Network (IDIN)
MIT’s D-Lab will lead IDIN, a consortium of universities around the world to establish and nurture a global network of local innovators using technology to address issues facing people living in poverty.
IDIN is one of two initiatives at MIT that are part of the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) Higher Education Solutions Network (HESN).
“One of our visions is to fundamentally change the way that development is practiced. How can we engage local innovators in creating technologies that address the problems in their own context, how can we be sure that the most cost effective technologies are being implemented.” – Amy Smith
IDIN Key Activities
IDIN will realize a global network extending from village-level workshops to top research institutions that will foster local innovators, social science research, and technology and venture design to address major international development challenges.
International Design Summits IDIN will host 12 international design summits, training more than 600 innovators and creating a global network of innovators, and develop tools to foster collaboration among network members.
Innovation Hubs & Venture Accelerators IDIN will create eight innovation hubs and venture accelerators worldwide that will support and connect promising technologies and innovators to the resources and training necessary to bring solutions to the populations that need them most.
Evaluation IDIN will conduct rigorous evaluation to determine the social, economic, and political impact of both the products and process of local innovation in international development.