Today was my first day at the International Development Design Summit (IDDS), a 3-week long conference held this year at Colorado State University (CSU) in Fort Collins, Colorado. The focus will be on the dissemination of technologies designed to improve the lives of people living in poverty. The conference consists of talks, activities, and team project work. I’m working on a solar lighting project started in the Indian Himalayas (see below).

As most of you who follow my blog know, I have zero experience in India. That does not, however, stop me from being really excited about my project team, a possible future trip to India, and the potential of the project to expand to Africa.

But perhaps the thing I’m most looking forward to at IDDS is getting to know the people. There are over 50 people here, from all over the world, from all different backgrounds, and with all different things to bring to the table. Not to mention we’ve got lots of guest speakers stopping by, including Paul Polak who spoke today. I’m incredibly psyched to spend the next 3 weeks with some of the most interesting and knowledgeable people in this field. I can’t wait to see what I learn.

(Photo from the IDDS website)