Eighth Annual Conference

The D80 Conference is a celebration of our efforts to solve issues that confront the world's poorest 80%. Together we are creating a better future.

The Michigan Tech campus hosts this annual conference in the fall every year to give a platform to the voices of university students serving communities-in-need both domestically and abroad. Our conferences highlight service and research work done by students from Michigan Tech and elsewhere, and are open to anybody interested in development, design, and delight for the poorest 80% of humanity. The public is always invited to join us.

Learn. Engage. Build Community.


2014 Conference:
Engage (in) Community

Date: Saturday, October 11, 2014
Venue: Michigan Tech, Dow Building
Time: 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.


This event is open to the public.

Special thanks to the Michigan Tech Graduate School, Sustainable Futures Institute, and Van Pelt and Opie Library for their invaluable assistance.


All Sessions are in the Dow Building

9:00 am: Registration, Dow Lobby (campus level)

9:30 am: Opening and Welcome (Dow 641)

9:45 - 11:00 am: Morning Block (pick one to attend)

  • Session 1 (Dow 641):

    • Exploring the Social Feasibility of Minewater Geothermal in Calumet (A. Masterton, E. Louie, N. Slagle, M. Michaelson, D. Occhietti, E. Macleod, EPA P3)  
    • La Ensenada/Nidori Water System (K. Heiden, M. Martin, A. Tuff, T. Scarpelli, iDesign)
    • Natural Briquettes - A Family Friendly Energy for Benin  (J. Tomasi, K. Bauer, CPM Enterprise)
    • Open Source Syringe Pump  (E. Hunt, MOST)

11:05 am: Keynote Presentation: "The Complexities of Water, Climate and Health", Dr. Jonathan Mellor, Yale Climate & Energy Institute

12 noon: Lunch (MUB Alumni Lounge)

1:00 pm: Afternoon A Block (pick one to attend)

  • Session 2 (Dow 641):

    • Water Supply Challenges in Filo Verde, Panama (C. Wotruba, A. Smith, B. Green, Z. Wang, iDesign)
    • eMi - Designing a World of Hope (C. Beyer, eMi)
    • Water Supply for Communities in Rural Guatemala (S. Bainbridge, EWB)
    • Baisikeli Ugunduzi Social Enterprise (J. Gershenson, MEEM, BU)
  • Workshop 1 (Dow 642): Collecting Useful Household Data in the Field (Dr. Kari Henquinet, Social Sciences)

2:20 pm: Break

2:30 pm: Afternoon B Block (pick one to attend)

  • Session 3 (Dow 641):

    • Water Around the World (K. Grossman, B. Martinez)
    • Bajo Gavilan Aqueduct System (K. Madson, M. Farrish, W. Tillmans, C. Hart, E. Poli, iDesign)
    • A Life Inspired (N. Slagle, CEE)
  • Workshop 2 (Dow 642): Human Centered Design: Process & Problem Definition (Dr. John Gershenson and students, D3: Discover, Design, Delight)

3:50 pm: Closing (Dow 641)

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