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 2017 D80 Conference is Saturday, October 14th at the U. J. Noblet Forestry Atrium. We are very excited to welcome Cathy Leslie, Executive Director of Engineers Without Borders-USA, as our featured keynote speaker. This year we will be kicking off the conference with a special screening of the documentary Poverty Inc. This will be shown in collaboration with the MUB Film Board at Fisher 135 on Friday, October 13th at 5:30pm. Following the film will be a discussion regarding the international aid industry. All are welcome to attend.

Registration for the 2017 conference is now open. Deadline to register is September 29th. A schedule for the conference will be posted when available.

Register to attend, present, or facilitate a workshop here.