Design Outreach

Alleviating Global Poverty Through Life-Sustaining Technology

THE DESIGN OUTREACH WAY

Creating life-sustaining technology

At Design Outreach, our vision is to see marginalized and low-income communities transformed physically, economically, and spiritually. We achieve this goal by developing innovative and appropriate technologies that improve the lives of those living in poverty.

It is said that 90% of the world’s products are designed for only 10% of the world’s population. We want to turn this statistic upside down by focusing our engineering efforts on the needs of those in developing countries who are often forgotten.

Developing Innovative and Appropriate Technologies

When designing new products, we use the Design Outreach Way of Appropriate Technology Development, which ensures we are tackling the world’s most pressing problems with excellence, skill, and sustainability.

INSPIRATION

Explore
Problem
Define
Problem
  • Assemble team
  • Define Challenge
  • Research
  • Generate themes
  • Define requirements
  • Identify partners
  • Explore business models 
  • Identify risks 

Inspiration Phase – In this phase, the team is assembled and needs are defined, risks identified, and requirements articulated.

IDEATION

Explore
Solution
Define
Solution
  • Revolutionary ideation
  • Develop lo-fi prototypes
  • Iterate ideas
  • Select top ideas
  • Higher-level prototyping
  • Develop testing plan
  • Lab & field testing
  • Test usability

Ideation Phase – In this phase, solutions are explored and defined including idea development, prototyping, and testing.

IMPLEMENTATION

Explore Market
& Readiness
Define Solution
for Scale
  • Field pilot programs
  • Clarify value proposition
  • Mitigate risk factors
  • Identify supply chain
  • Solution confirmation
  • Manufacturing processes
  • Quality Systems
  • Market development plans

Implementation Phase – In this phase, market readiness, supply chain, and ability to scale are explored.

  • We discover needs by working with global partners who work directly with underserved local communities. We focus on developing solutions for needs that are often overlooked.
  • During the development of solutions, we provide opportunities for professionals to volunteer their time, talent, and access to resources. DO creates a platform for collaboration among experts in engineering, manufacturing, and business that leads to innovative and user-centered technologies.
  • We focus on developing total and sustainable solutions and evaluate our solutions’ performance using data-driven methods. These methods provide critical feedback to us and our partners.
  • We support our solutions by providing project management, engineering, and marketing expertise, while helping to establish methods for distribution.
  • We focus on technologies that have potential for economic sustainability and scalability.
  • We do everything with excellence and create high-quality engineered technologies.