2017 ~ Present | MIT/Lincoln Lab; Sanivation; League of Hope; University of Mayor; Parque Tagua Tagua; Yellowstone Foundation; Floyd County Schools, Walker County Schools; Zammi Agrikol (Partners in Agriculture); Clarkston Community Health Center; Beverly School of Kenya; American Red Cross


We are comprised of several teams, made up of both undergraduate and graduate students, all working on different projects to solve global development issues. These solutions include: economic technologies for rural farmers, nutrition and farming engineering, vulnerability analyses, and accessible healthcare technology. We value human-centered design and co-creating with communities to ensure that our technology solutions are sustainable.

We recently merged with the Tech4Wildlife VIP which has focused on technological interventions to solve complex animal conservation issues. Tech4Wildlife projects center around human-wildlife interactions and using indigenous methods to solve these issues.

A list and descriptions of ongoing projects can be found on our website.

For more information about this VIP and the course goals and learning outcomes please view the Course Syllabus.

Issues Involved or Addressed

Focus on Human Centered Design to develop, build, and deploy sustainable solutions in challenging environments. Human Centered Design is focusing on involving the human perspective in all steps of problems solving. The problems the teams are working to solve is addressing health outcomes, nutrition, and addressing general living conditions in developing nations and resource-limited environments utilizing key technologies.

A list of current, ongoing, and past projects can be found on the Project Slides.

Methods and Technologies

  • Collecting and analyzing data
  • Coding and app development
  • Surveys and interviews
  • Professional collaboration

Academic Majors of Interest

  • BusinessAccounting
  • BusinessFinance
  • BusinessGeneral Management
  • BusinessGlobal Development
  • BusinessIT Management
  • BusinessLeadership and Organizational Change
  • BusinessMarketing
  • BusinessOperations and Supply Chain Management
  • BusinessStrategy and Innovation
  • ComputingAlgorithms, Combinatorics and Optimization
  • ComputingAnalytics
  • ComputingComputational Media
  • ComputingComputational Science and Engineering
  • ComputingComputer Science
  • ComputingCybersecurity
  • ComputingHuman-Centered Computing
  • ComputingHuman-Computer Interaction
  • ComputingOMSCS asynchronous
  • ComputingOMSCS asynchronous, case-by-case
  • ComputingOMSCS synchronous
  • ComputingOMSCS synchronous, case-by-case
  • DesignArchitectural Technology
  • DesignArchitecture
  • DesignBuilding Construction
  • DesignBuilding Construction and Facility Management
  • DesignCity and Regional Planning
  • DesignGeographic Information Science and Technology
  • DesignIndustrial Design
  • DesignMusic Technology
  • DesignUrban Design
  • EngineeringAerospace Engineering
  • EngineeringApplied Systems Engineering
  • EngineeringBioengineering
  • EngineeringBioinformatics
  • EngineeringBiomedical Engineering
  • EngineeringChemical Engineering
  • EngineeringChemical and Biomolecular Engineering
  • EngineeringCivil Engineering
  • EngineeringComputer Engineering
  • EngineeringElectrical Engineering
  • EngineeringEnvironmental Engineering
  • EngineeringHealth Systems
  • EngineeringIndustrial Engineering
  • EngineeringInternational Logistics
  • EngineeringMachine Learning
  • EngineeringMaterials Science and Engineering
  • EngineeringMechanical Engineering
  • EngineeringMedical Physics
  • EngineeringRobotics
  • Ivan AllenApplied Languages and Intercultural Studies
  • Ivan AllenChinese
  • Ivan AllenDigital Media
  • Ivan AllenEconomics
  • Ivan AllenEconomics and International Affairs
  • Ivan AllenFrench
  • Ivan AllenGerman
  • Ivan AllenGlobal Economics and Modern Languages
  • Ivan AllenGlobal Media and Cultures
  • Ivan AllenHistory, Technology, and Society
  • Ivan AllenInternational Affairs
  • Ivan AllenInternational Affairs and Modern Languages
  • Ivan AllenInternational Affairs, Science, and Technology
  • Ivan AllenJapanese
  • Ivan AllenKorean
  • Ivan AllenLiterature, Media, and Communication
  • Ivan AllenPublic Policy
  • Ivan AllenSpanish
  • OtherEducation
  • OtherEntrepreneurship
  • OtherFilm and Media Studies
  • OtherMusic
  • OtherPre-Law
  • Physics
  • SciencesApplied Physics
  • SciencesApplied Physiology
  • SciencesBiochemistry
  • SciencesBiology
  • SciencesChemistry
  • SciencesEarth and Atmospheric Sciences
  • SciencesMathematics
  • SciencesNeuroscience
  • SciencesPhysics
  • SciencesPsychology
  • SciencesStatistics

Preferred Interests and Preparation

If you are a student who is interested in learning how you can apply the skills you learn in the classroom to real problems, this is your opportunity to do so. Through a VIP course, you can help define the business, design, engineering, usability, and policy aspects of a broad range of global humanitarian efforts here at Georgia Tech. All majors and skill sets are welcome and encouraged to apply!

Meeting Schedule & Location

Meeting Location 
Klaus 1440
Meeting Day 

Team Advisors

Cassandra Shriver

Partner(s) and Sponsor(s)

MIT/Lincoln Lab; Sanivation; League of Hope; University of Mayor; Parque Tagua Tagua; Yellowstone Foundation; Floyd County Schools, Walker County Schools; Zammi Agrikol (Partners in Agriculture); Clarkston Community Health Center; Beverly School of Kenya; American Red Cross