Co-Design Summit

About Practical Impact Alliance Co-Design Summits

The MIT Practical Impact Alliance (PIA) was born out of D-Lab's conversations with industry leaders who craved the opportunity to get together with like-minded professionals to roll up their sleeves and bring about practical solutions to poverty. As a result, the annual PIA Co-Design Summit is a cornerstone of the PIA member activities

Leveraging D-Lab’s noted expertise in collaborative design, summits give PIA members experience with the real needs and challenges of working in developing markets and local attendees have an opportunity to expose local products, services, ventures, needs, challenges, and opportunities to PIA members. 

PIA Co-Design Summit Fall 2017 to take place in Colombia, November 12-18.

The summit will be co-hosted by World Vision Colombia in collaboration with Siemens Stiftung and our local partner C-Innova. We will work with the community of El Conejo where a Creative Capacity Building training will be held in October to introduce community members to the design process.

PIA Co-Design Summit 2016 – Zambia

Last year's co-design summit took place in Zambia from October 30–November 5, 2016. MIT D-Lab was excited to co-host this year's summit with PIA member World Vision and IDIN partner National Technology and Business Centre (NTBC), Zambia. You can see higlights from the summit below, and read more here!

PIA Co-Design Summit 2015 – Ghana

Kwame Nkrumah University of Science & Technology, Kumasi, Ghana
September 27 - October 3, 2015

You can see highlights from the 2015 Co-Design in the video below, and you can read more about it here!