On Wednesday, May 29 the Friends of the Robbins Library and Science for the Public will present D-Lab: Design, Dialogue, Duct Tape, a program featuring Amy Smith, Founder and Director of D-Lab. This past April the Women of the Harvard Club Committee named Amy Smith one of “Boston’s Most Influential Women.” The award-winning lab takes an innovative approach to addressing poverty through technology design. Some D-Lab innovations include low-cost devices for water testing purification, hand and pedal powered maize shellers, a new wheelchair mechanism suited for rugged terrain, and processes for making charcoal from agricultural waste. D-Lab collaborations demonstrate that the capability for innovation exists everywhere, and that people, regardless of their level of formal education, can participate in creating designs that improve their lives significantly. Amy Smith will discuss how these projects work, and how they change the lives of people who have minimal resources.
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