IDDS forum is a platform where participants can dance with their cultures, experiences. I value the co-creation technique most.
— Participant, IDDS Sisaket 2017

Longstanding model

International Development Design Summits began in 2007 at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT). 21 summits have been held since in 12 countries across 4 continents.

International Development Innovation Network

IDIN was established in 2011 to support the 1000+ members of the Network - all of whom have attended or organized an IDDS and together have co-created over 104 projects with communities around the world.


of IDDS Participants go on to teach what they learned to others in their communities.


International Development Innovation Network members in 65 different countries.


people reached by innovations supported through the International Development Innovation Network.

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Academia in the real world

IDIN is supported by universities around the world including, but not limited to: MIT, Olin College, UC Davis, Colorado State University, KNUST Ghana, National Technology Business Center Zambia, Singapore Polytechnic, Information Technology University Pakistan, Universidad de Valle de Guatemala y Colombia.  

Dedicated global partners

Partners that have previously supported IDIN and various IDDSummits have included, but are not limited to: Johnson+Johnson, Danone, MercyCorps, United Nations Development Programme, World Vision, Phosboucraa Foundation, Siemens, Melton Foundation, Philips, and Ajinomoto. 

It [IDDS] made me realize that anyone given the right tools, instruction and environment can build something useful even without specialised training
— participant, IDDS Aarogyam in India 2015