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Design that Matters

Conceived by graduate students at the MIT Media Lab in 2001, Design that Matters is a nonprofit design company that partners with social entrepreneurs to design products that address basic needs in developing countries. Led by cofounder Timothy Prestero, over 800 academic and professional volunteers have worked together to create dozens of product concepts, including a projector for night-time adult-literacy education in Africa, a low-cost neonatal incubator using spare car parts, and, most recently, a phototherapy device for treating newborn jaundice in Vietnam.

Kinkajou Microfilm Projector, 2004. Photo: Design that Matters

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The three main criteria for the jury are excellence, innovation, and enhancement of the quality of life. What do you think?

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