IDDS Kenya

July 8 - 23, 2018

International Development Design Summits (IDDS) are intense, hands-on, community-based design trainings that bring together a diverse group of people to teach them the co-creative design process and how to prototype low-cost technological solutions to improve livelihoods of people living in poverty. IDDS began at Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) in 2007 as the brainchild of MacArthur Genius winner, Amy Smith. In the last ten years, there have been 22 summits, in 12 different countries creating over 100 successful ventures.

Summits emphasize the importance of co-creation, the idea that working with communities is more powerful than designing solutions for them. During a summit, participants work in teams with community members from developing countries, learn the design cycle, identify problems and solutions, and test prototypes.

IDDS Kenya will be the first summit in Kenya and the first summit focused on developing solutions which promote financial inclusion.  

After a summit is over, IDDS participants become a part of the growing IDIN Network. Some continue to work on projects from the summit, while others pursue their own local innovation projects in a wide range of fields. 


  • 15 days 
  • 36 participants
  • 16 organizers
  • 3 communities
  • 6 projects
  • 6 partner organizations