PIA Annual Meeting, SDV Conference, IDEAS Global Challenge

Hands-on workshops and events with the broader MIT innovation ecosystem

Each year, the members of the Practical Impact Alliance convene at MIT for an annual meeting and hands-on design activities at D-Lab. The annual meeting is coincides with annual meetings of D-Lab Scale-Ups Fellows, Innovation Ecoystem Builder Fellows, and the MIT IDEAS Global Challenge Innovation Showcase.

2017 PIA Annual Meeting

From April 26 to 28, at the 2017 Annual Meeting of the MIT Practical Impact Alliance, personal connections and peer learning continued to foster collaboration across the network. In addition to launching our 2017 working groups, members spent time engaging with each other’s projects, critically analyzing obstacles, and setting the stage for future collaboration that could allow each of these projects to reach their goals.

MIT IDEAS Global Challenge

The MIT SDV conference is closely integrated with the MIT IDEAS Global Challenge Innovation Showcase. PIA members have special access to the Innovation Showcase, as well as the opportunity to participate as judges. Read more here.

MIT Scaling Development Ventures Conference

​The annual MIT Scaling Development Ventures Conference brings together perspectives from the international development and business communities to examine the best ways to bring poverty-alleviating solutions to market at scale. PIA members have exclusive networking opportunities with invited guests and special opportunities to serve as presenters and attend sessions.

The 2017 conference convened some of the world's most inspiring social entrepreneurs, at all stages of development, to explore strategies, models, and resources that can help development ventures achieve scale for significant social impact. This year's conference featured keynote addresses by Ella Peinovich, CEO of Soko, and Teju Ravilochan, CEO of the Unreasonable Institute. The conference feature an additional 30 speakers in sessions including social entrepreneur vision talks, lighting pitches from MIT social entrepreneurs, and eight panels and workshops. Learn more about past conferences here.

The MIT Scaling Development Ventures (SDV) conference is a collaborative effort among MIT centers oriented toward international development and entrepreneurship. The main organizing partners are D-Lab, the Legatum CenterMIT Priscilla King Gray Public Service Center, the Media Lab Entrepreneurship Program, and the D-Lab-based International Development Innovation Network. Members of the Practical Impact Alliance also have the opportunity to provide input into conference content.

Questions? Email impact-alliance@mit.edu for more information.