International Development Innovation Network

The International Development Innovation Network (IDIN) is a five-year program led by the Massachusetts Institute of Technology’s D-Lab; implemented by a global consortium of academic, institutional, and innovation center partners; and a part of USAID’s Higher Education Solutions Network in the U.S. Global Development Lab.

The IDIN Network is made up of more than 800 dynamic innovators from around the world who all share a common experience: attending an International Development Design Summit to create technologies with communities in developing countries.

After a design summit, Network members pursue innovative projects, some from a summit and some of their own creation. With access to funding, training, mentorship, and workshop space, these innovators’ prototypes become products designed to make a difference.

We support local innovation to create impact in five ways:

  1. Design Summits – Hands-on design experiences co-creating low-cost, practical technologies for people living in poverty 
  2. IDIN Network Resources – Funding, training, and educational opportunities to support our 800+ Network members around the world
  3. Innovation Centers – Maker spaces connecting innovators to resources and training to develop technologies that make a social impact
  4. Research – A team generating new knowledge on local innovation and the role it plays in sustainable and community development
  5. Student Participation – Classes, projects, research, field visits, and technology development to train the next generation of innovators

MIT D-Lab, N51, 3rd Floor
265 Massachusetts Ave., Cambridge, MA 02139
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