How participatory design and maker culture can provide new solutions for waste management.

Lúcia Helena Xavier, Senior Researcher, Fundação Joaquim Nabuco
Rodrigo Medeiros, Assistant Professor, Federal Technological Institute of Paraíba, Brazil (IFPB)
Dietmar Offenhuber, Assistant Professor, Northeastern University (Art + Design; Public Policy)
Libby McDonald, Program Director of Global Sustainability Partnerships, MIT CoLab
Kevin Kung, Fellow, Waste Innovations Group at MIT/Tata Center for Technology and Design
Moderated by David Lee, MIT DUSP, Senseable City Lab

12:00pm-1:30pm: Panelists present case studies on innovative designs, technologies, and service organization among informal waste and recycling cooperatives in Brazil, Central America, and Kenya.
1:30pm-2:30pm: Roundtable discussion on new directions for research and practice. We welcome anyone to share their own experiences with applying technology and innovation to waste management, particularly in informal or developing areas.

Food and refreshments will be provided!

Thanks to MIT-Brazil and MISTI for supporting this workshop, and special thanks to the MIT-Brazil Seed Fund, Senseable City Lab, Northeastern University, and Fundação Joaquim Nabuco for supporting past research collaboration between MIT and the state of Pernambuco: