Design With the Developing World

This service-learning course gives students the opportunity to work in interdisciplinary teams focused on issues that people face in the “developing world.” One focus of the spring 2013 course was the Reinvent the Toilet Challenge - we talked a lot about $#%@ in class!

 

The Reinvent the Toilet Challenge required a toilet that:

* Removes pathogens from human waste and recovers valuable resources such as energy, clean water, and nutrients

* Operates “off the grid” without connections to water, sewer, or electrical lines.

* Costs less than 5 cents per user per day.

* Promotes sustainable and financially profitable sanitation services and businesses that operate in poor, urban settings.

* Is a truly aspirational next-generation product that everyone will want to use—in wealthy as well as developing nations.

 

Here's what the Gates Foundation has to say about $#%@:

 

Here's what Student Design Team One proposed to do with the $#%@:

 

Here's what Student Design Team Two proposed to do with the $#%@:

 

Here's what Student Design Team Three proposed to do with the $#%@:

 

Here's what Student Design Team Four proposed to do with the $#%@:

 

Here's what Student Design Team Five proposed to do with the $#%@:

 

Here's what Student Design Team Six proposed to do with the $#%@:

 

Create a toilet that:

        removes pathogens from human waste and recovers valuable resources such as energy, clean water, and nutrients.

        operates “off the grid” without connections to water, sewer, or electrical lines.

        costs less than 5 cents per user per day.

        promotes sustainable and financially profitable sanitation services and businesses that operate in poor, urban settings.

        is a truly aspirational next-generation product that everyone will want to use—in wealthy as well as developing nations.