Students Design Low-Tech Ways to Help Improve Lives of Rural Poor

In an unusual international conference led by MIT, students work with others to create 'prototypes, not papers'

Megan Lindow for the Chronicle

Rayshawn Whitford, a senior at Babson College, shows Ghanaians a battery-powered lantern that also serves to repel mosquitoes, as a way of preventing the spread of malaria.
September 18, 2011

Inside a workshop at the edge of this city's scrappy industrial district, groups of university students, engineers, and others are showcasing a panoply of inventions, all aimed at improving the lives of the rural poor.

The scene is vibrant and…

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