D80—Prosperity by Design

D80 Conference

80% of the Earth's inhabitants are not considered by designers of infrastructure, goods, and services.

The D80 Conference is a dialog and 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 discovery for the poorest 80% of humanity. The public is always welcome.

The 2018 D80 Conference was held on Saturday, October 13th. Thank you to Erna Grasz, co-Founder of the Asante Africa Foundation who was the 2018 D80 Conference keynote speaker. Erna is frequently on global stages on topics of traversing the corporate-nonprofit divide, executive leadership, innovative education programs, and sustainable philanthropy versus charity. 

The D80 Conference and Erna Grasz's visit were partially sponsored/funded by the Pavlis Honors College, the Sustainable Futures Institute, and the Visiting Women & Minority Lecturer/Scholar Series (VWMLSS) which is funded by a grant to the Office of Institutional Equity and Inclusion from the State of Michigan's King-Chavez-Parks Initiative. 

Photos of the 2018 D80 Conference can be viewed and downloaded here