Each January, during MIT's Independent Activities Period (IAP), D-Lab sends dozens of students abroad. Many of the students who travel will be advancing work begun with a community partner during the preceding semester, while others will be working on multiyear D-Lab research and field programs.
This year, 51 students from fall 2019 D-Lab classes, UROP engagements, and humanitarian innovation projects will be traveling to nine countries.
Community partner: These Hands
Trip leader: Leonie Marinovich
Community partner: Anjos do Sertao
Trip leaders: Gabriel Manso, Juliana Miranda Mitkiewicz
D-Lab: Development project: Youth empowerment and community innovation among cashew farmers in the state of Piaui.
Community partner: C-Innova
Trip leaders: Natalia Barrera Gutierrez and July Rojas
D-Lab: Development project: Needs assessment, ideation, and co-design with a sustainable coffee enterprise.
Community partner: Faros/Horizon Center
Trip leader: Heewon Lee
Trip leader: Megha Hegde
D-Lab: Development project: Needs assessment for a new collaboration in Bihar.
Community partners: University of Nairobi, Mama Maji, Society Empowerment Project
Trip leaders: Sai Rajagopal and Eric Verploegen
D-Lab: Gender project: Workshops on menstrual health and co-design of sanitary napkins.
Applications of Energy in Global Development project: Improving the design of room-scale evaporative cooling chambers.
D-Lab: WASH project: Working with Maasai women to: 1) build ISSB rainwater harvesting tanks 2) implement a ceramic pot filter marketing strategy based on lean marketing, and 3) conduct a 5-day WASH training course to "train the trainers."
Community partners: Oaxin, Tejiendo Alianzas
Trip leader: Libby Hsu
D-Lab: Development project: Skill-builder workshop with students at a university. Follow-up work on prototypes that came from a D-Lab Creative Capacity Building workshop in a fishing community. Early design of a plastic flattening device with a local recycling innovator.
Community partner: Universidad Ingeniería y Tecnología (UTEC)
Trip leader: Anne Thibault
D-Lab: Gender project: Movement building workshop with women miners in Secocha that weaves together public narrative and co-design
Trip leaders: Anish Paul Antony and Olivia Waring
Applications of Energy in Global Development project: Designing a heat exchanger to help with non-solar fruit drying.
D-Lab: Development project: Running an annual, two-week Youth Innovation Summit for adolescents in Soroti.
Libby Hsu, MIT D-Lab Academic Program Manager