1. Where will the summit be held?

The summit will be held in Embu, Kenya.

2. when will the summit be?

July 8 - 23, 2018.


The expected cost to participants is 650 USD. This covers meals and accommodation during the summit. This does not include transportation to Kenya. 

4. Is there financial aid available?

Yes, acceptance decisions are need-blind and financial aid is available for accepted participants. Financial aid applications will go out after participants have been notified of their acceptance. 

4. WHat does the daily schedule entail?

You can expect full days during the summit. We start in the morning and are busy until the evening. There is usually a mix of instruction on design and entrepreneurship, hands-on design activities, project work time in teams, and much more. IDDS has some non-curriculum programming some evenings, but we also try to save that time for participants to socialize and get to know one another better.

5. What should i pack?

We will share a suggested packing list with accepted participants.

6. What is IDDS?

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. 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.

7. What kind of people participate in summits?

The youngest participant to date was 18 and the oldest over 80. IDDS is founded on the belief that innovation thrives at the intersection of different disciplines, backgrounds and experiences. As such, we welcome all people to apply to the summit.

8. do i need to attend the entire summit?

Yes, participants are expected to be at the summit for the entire duration. We are trying to accomplish a lot in a very short time, so it is important that you are fully present the whole time. If people miss part of the summit, it can cause their team to fall behind and is unfair to the community partners who we work with.

9. what is financial inclusion? 

As defined by the World Bank, financial inclusion means "individuals and businesses have access to useful and affordable financial products and services that meet their needs – transactions, payments, savings, credit and insurance – delivered in a responsible and sustainable way."

10. I still have questions. What to do?

Email iddskenya@mit.edu. We're always happy to help!