Affordable Design & Entrepreneurship (ADE)

Develop industry-ready skills and industry-disrupting ideas

If you have dreams of traveling and changing hte world, ADE is the class for you! ADE projects involve designing products and services that meet the needs of people in developing and underserved areas. Students work in teams with faculty advisors and use their Olin design and entrepreneurial skills to tackle real-world problems including promoting a bamboo bicycle business in Alabama, Improving rickshaw trasportaion in India and creating tools for cassava processing in Ghana.

ADE Morocco: Creating a Telecommunications Solution for Illiterate Moroccans 

"In many Moroccan communities, illiterate people own cell phones, yet they face numerous technical, linguistic and cultural barriers to using them. The complex spoken-language environment combines French and Arabic and many other dialects which makes using keypads a challenge. We partnered with peers from Babson and Moroccan engineering students from Ecole Nationale de L'Industrie Minerale to explore a solution. In the end they prototyped a number-matching sysetm that incroprated a paper record of a person's contacts and over time the system enables users to more easily access and utilize their phone while also learning numerical literacy."  -- Noura Howell '12