I came along this article "Seeking Ways to Help the Worlds Poorest" in NYTimes today. Dr. Amy Smith, a professor at Massachusetts Institute of Technology, is putting together this summit geared at inventing and innovating new and cheaper ways to solve problems faced by the poor. One of last year's summit's invention was a drinking straw that filters water as you drink from it as shown in the picture below (courtesy of NYTimes).
This summit, The International Development Design Summit (IDDS), is calling for professionals from all fields; chemists, biologists, farmers, engineers, doctors, lawyers, etc to bring their ideas. Do you have any suggestions? Do you want to participate? It is a week-long event in the summer.