Interested in collaborating with D-Lab class projects this Fall?
D-Lab instructors have a number of opportunities which they're looking for projects for students. If interested in any of the below, please reach out to the class instructors directly by July 31st.
- Projects focused on improving a current supply chain or operation: An existing organization or social enterprise that is doing something (eg, producing charcoal or selling lanterns or collecting trash), and project focuses on trying to improve some aspect of the current operations (eg. increase production rate; expand their market in some way).
- Design a new supply chain: Here the organization or social enterprise is considering entering a new market or launching a new product, and the project focuses around addressing questions related to the design and configuration and evaluation of a new supply chain. Have had a couple of projects with Air Liquide in which they were studying the introduction of a certain product to an underdeveloped country. Here there are questions about estimating demand; determining how to source and structure the product flows and distribution channels to meet this demand; and establishing whether it is sustainable or not.
Sourcing projects takes place for this course well in advance of the Spring. Ideal projects would:
- Have demonstrated, clear and validated user needs based on prior market research
- Have a local point of contact for students to ask questions and get design feedback
- Require design of a mechanical, electrical or software component
- Have a scope of work that would allow an initial prototype to be built in the span of one semester; follow-on versions and field trials can be done during the summer
Course broken up into two parts: 1) Students conduct gender assessment and recommendations of live/existing development projects 2) Work to develop gender sensitive program that provides women opportunities for livelihoods. The course is sourcing projects for the first part of the course of which to conduct gender assessments.
Have a number of ongoing and continuing projects which are available for collaboration
- Water quality monitoring in Puerto Rico (E.coli and metals) - Susan Murcott, with Abby Harvey (‘18) & Tchelet Segev (‘18)
- Insanerator: Design and prototype of a feces to energy system in a shipping container -Andrew Tsang, team leader, with Hannah Hoffman (‘18), Islam Genina
- R&D and production of a simple, low cost E.coli test kit (EC-Kit) in Kathmandu, Nepal -Susan Murcott, with partners from MIT Nepal Initiative and ENPHO/EcoConcern Potential collaboration with supply chain class and other corporate partners.
- Pure Home Water, Tamale, Ghana – sales and marketing of environmental sanitation, improved cook stoves, ag-waste briquettes - Susan Murcott
Focus of course is heavily on students collaborating on projects and therefore are looking for projects which are:
- Mature projects with clear hands-on components for students
- Existing deployment of an energy venture which is in need of enhancement rather than a completely new use case
- Focused on establishing or established long-term D-Lab community partners
Scope of energy projects range from clean cookstoves, post-harvest storage, food drying, grain grinding, solar lighting, and home heating and air quality.
This course focuses on the late stages of product design for users in low-income settings and design for manufacturability of poverty alleviating technologies. Course broken into three parts: lecture & presentation; lab work to practice testing, molding; and projects where students serve as a team of consultants for a social enterprise focused on the developing world. Ideal projects are:
- Advancing technology to production; existing business prototype established
- Interested in scaling into production whether now or into future
- Actively involved clients (students are a team of consultants who can rely on entrepreneur client)—meeting once a week (1-2 hrs/week)
Course focuses on the design, analysis, and application of technologies that support the construction of less expensive and better performing schools in developing countries. Prepares students to design or retrofit school buildings in partnership with local communities and NGOs. Strategies covered include daylighting, passive heating and cooling, improved indoor air quality via natural ventilation, appropriate material selection, and structural design. Investigations are based on application of engineering fundamentals, experiments and simulations. Case studies illustrate the role of technologies in reducing barriers to improved education.