Development Design Initiative (DDI)
The mission of Development Design Initiative (DDI) is to provide Princeton students with the opportunity to learn how to design products for impoverished communities and low-wealth individuals. DDI partners students with groups working in international development to design innovative solutions to problems they face in the field.
Projects relate to real world issues such as sustainable energy, health and medicine, and access to healthy water.
From understanding the different values of a community to being able to innovate to meet the specifications of particular living and working environments, there is an important set of skills for designing solutions for impoverished communities which has been left out of the typical college design education. Development Design Initiative’s goal is to understand these missing principles and give students from all majors the chance to fill this gap in their education.
Projects consist of small groups of students working with an implementation partner to either create or adapt technology that will help a specific community. An implementation partner could be an international or domestic NGO, company, or government agency that has local ties to the target community. Teams will be expected to actively research the problem they are addressing and through heavy collaboration with their implementation partner, find an innovative solution. They will then be expected to thoroughly test their design on campus and make any improvements necessary until they have not only completed the task but have also optimized their design for the specific context of usage. By completing this design process from start to finish, students will learn firsthand the skills needed for designing solutions for developing nations as well as gain the logistical experience of completing an engineering project with an outside partner.
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