20th Anniversary Events

D-Lab's 20th Anniversary take place Friday, October 21, 2022 at D-Lab and the MIT Media Lab!
D-Lab's 20th Anniversary take place Friday, October 21, 2022 at D-Lab and the MIT Media Lab!

Register here for morning and afternoon events!

 

OPEN HOUSE

At MIT D-Lab - MIT Building N51, 3rd floor - Directions


9:30 – 10:00 Coffee Reception

10:00 – 11:30: Morning Program

  • Build-it activity with D-Lab Founding Director Amy Smith
  • Evaporative Cooling Lecture-demonstration with D-Lab Research Engineer Eric Verploegen
  • Humanitarian Innovation session with Humanitarian Innovation Program Coordinator Heewon Lee
  • Coffee with D-Lab Executive Director Ana Pantelic
  • SurgiBox history and demo with D-Lab Instructor and COO of SurgiBox Macauley Kenney
  • Ring of Fire biomass cooking demonstration and discussion with Greenway Appliance's Sucheta Baliga and D-Lab Research Scientist Dan Sweeney
  • And more!

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AFTERNOON SHOWCASE & SYMPOSIUM

At the MIT Media Lab - MIT Building E14, 6th floor - Directions

12:00 – 1:00: Lunch
Lunch with affinity group tables and a student and alumni showcase

1:00 – 5:00: Afternoon Program

1:00  OPENING REMARKS
- Ana Pantelic, D-Lab Executive Director

PANEL DISCUSSIONS

1:15  DEVELOPMENT, DESIGN, AND DUCT TAPE

In this discussion, members of the wider D-Lab community (including alumni, community partners, students and faculty) will talk about the role that design plays in development. The panel will explore this theme in terms of their personal journey as well as their experiences in using design as a tool for community empowerment. The discussion will be led by Founding Director Amy Smith who will weave in her own experiences with D-Lab, development, design, and duct tape from the past 20 years. Panelists will include:

  • John Jal Dak of Youth Social Advocacy Team (Uganda, South Sudan)
  • John Ochsendorf, Professor, MIT Departments of Architecture and of Civil and Environmental Engineering; Director, Morningside Academy of Design
  • Mustafa Naseem, Clinical Assistant Professor at University of Michigan - Ann Arbor
  • Emily Young, MIT D-Lab lecturer and Moving Health CEO
  • Viviana Rivera, MIT '23.

2:30  COLLABORATIVE DESIGN IN ACTION
This panel discussion explores the capacity of co-design for advancing equity in regions in Africa, Latin America, and Asia. The discussion will include the ways in which participatory methods for conducting research, disseminating international development projects, and teaching in the classroom has the potential to enable organizational change, inspire agency, and shift power dynamics. Practice and research D-Lab team leads Libby McDonald and Kendra Leith will guide the discussion, providing case studies from D-Lab's vast experience with collaborative design. Panelists will include:

  • Victor Hugo Ayerdi, Head of the Mechanical Engineering Department, Universidad del Valle de Guatemala
  • Amit Gandhi, Co-Founder, Sensen; MIT PhD '20
  • Sally Haslanger, Ford Professor of Philosophy and Women's and Gender Studies, D-Lab affiliated faculty member 
  • Margaret Linak, Program Manager, Higher Education Solutions Network, USAID

3:15  THAT TRANSFORMATIVE D-LAB STUDENT EXPERIENCE
Have you ever wondered what D-Lab students do in the workshop or on a trip? Did you meet someone who came back from a D-Lab trip saying their world had been rocked? Come hear from three past and present D-Lab students who will talk about how D-Lab changed their lives and what they're doing now because of that transformative experience. Introduction by Maria Yang, Associate Dean of Engineering, Gail E. Kendall Professor; MIT D-Lab Faculty Academic Director and moderated by D-Lab Associate Director of Academics Libby Hsu. Panelists will include

  • Mulan Jiang '23
  • Islam Genina, MIT D-Lab alumnus, MIT CEE graduate student, and Co-Founder and Tech Lead for Carbon BioEnergy
  • Sade Nabahe, Legislative Aid to US Senator Edward Markey, MIT SB '17, SM '21

4:15  CLOSING REMARKS
Kim Vandiver, Forbes Director of the MIT Edgerton Center; Director, Project Manus; MIT D-Lab Faculty Research Director

5:00-6:00: Reception
A toast to D-Lab and all of the students, alumni, instructors, researchers, community partners, staff, and members of the MIT community who have been part of it! Refreshments will be served.

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