It was extremely rewarding to witness the participants’ transformations: community representatives becoming empowered to co-create solutions for their village...It was a validation of D-Lab’s co-creation methodology.
— Winthrop Carty, Executive Director, Melton Foundation

longstanding model & Tradition

International Development Design Summits began in 2007 with a 4-week event held at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT). 21 summits will have been held by the end of 2017 in 12 countries across 4 continents. IDDSummits have covered themes ranging from agriculture to disaster relief to cookstoves and more!

international development innovation network

IDIN was established with a grant from USAID - Global Development Lab to support the 823 growing members of the Network from 62 different countries - all of whom have attended an IDDSummit, 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.

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.  

partners that matter

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