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Design for scale is almost a window
into what projects in the real world look like.
Just working with a client that you're talking to
and you understand that they're out there in Guatemala
making a difference and improving people's lives
and you're here to help them, and that's really cool.
Most design classes at MIT
you could really describe them as designed for prototype
or designed for one prototype.
This class is really designed for many,
and that's the scale part.
The bottom line
is, with 3 and 1/2 billion people in need
in the developing world, you need
to be at scale to have an impact.
And that was finally the thing
that solved the problem.
In design for scale,
we team our students with entrepreneurs.
The students become the consultants.
The entrepreneurs become the clients.
So the challenge can become, how do you
design for extreme affordability while maintaining the features
that you wanted to maintain, while maintaining the supply
chain that's required in order to launch
the product in the developing world.
I am part of the Mosan Team,
and we are working on a dry toilet that's
used in Guatemala.
There are many households that don't have running plumbing,
so this is an option for them to have
a toilet in their household.
I work on the aQysta Project, which
is a zero energy water pump.
It's meant to bring water from rivers and canals
for local farmers in various countries
to help with irrigation methods.
And what we've been doing this far
is trying to lower the costs of the overall production
of the pump, and reduce the complexity in terms
of shipping and assembly.
The big challenge is understanding the context.
Here, if I design for the US, I have a context.
I know what to expect.
But if I'm designing something for Uganda, for example,
I don't know the community very well.
I may not know the local environment.
A lot of the materials we get very easily
here are not at all available there.
I really appreciate that
as learning to do manufacturing amounts
for your specific project, but also like,
looking into how other manufacturing processes could
work to give me kind of more of a holistic view.
A lot of students are really
moved by doing things with social impact that
matters a lot to them.
So they come to us and they say, I love engineering.
I also really care about the world,
and I want to use my powers for good.
One of the missions of D-Lab, and design for scale,
for certain, is to have students become
what we call global citizens.
So no matter what they do later on,
if they go out to a large company like Google or Apple,
they still have that bit in them which understands the larger
world context.
And I think that's the thing I'm
going to take with me, just the idea
that I have to consider every sort of customer I'm working
with and not just my best friend here who
has the same kind of upbringing that I had.
And to see how the product that I've been working on
can get applied is really cool.