MIT D-Lab works with people around the world to develop and advance collaborative approaches and practical solutions to global poverty challenges.
The MIT D-Lab mission is pursued through our academics program of more than 20 MIT classes and student research and fieldwork opportunities; our research groups spanning a variety of sectors and approaches; and a group of participatory innovation programs we call innovation practice.
Programs & Opportunities
Classes: D-Lab offers more than 20 classes in design, engineering, manufacturing, and social science and business/management topics. In D-Lab classes, students acquire competency in the participatory design process, understand and apply principles of engineering and design, engage in hands-on shop work, learn to think critically about theories of development, and obtain meaningful experiences with community partners. Through hands-on projects in real-world settings, D-Lab students make a difference in the lives of people living in poverty.
Workshop: The D-Lab Workshop, the heart and soul of D-Lab, is a place for D-Lab students, fellows, innovators-in-residence, and others to bring technologies for the developing world to life. The workshop includes a large collection of hand and power tools, steel fabrication and welding tools, an open shop with multiple workbenches, and a dedicated wood shop and long-term projects room.