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.

Thank you to everyone who attended the 2017 D80 Conference! A very special thank you to our keynote speaker, Cathy Leslie, Executive Director of Engineers Without Borders-USA. D80 would also like to thank our presenters and panelists who were willing to share their experiences and stories. Looking forward to another successful conference in 2018!

Registration for the 2018 D80 Conference will open in September of 2018.