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Technology Design for Coffee Production

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Silvia Buitrago

Silvia Buitrago 

IAP 2020 applications are open!

🔥This course is open to all MIT students🔥

Online application: bit/ly/mitcoffee2

Application Deadline: December 1st, 2019

In the Civic Media group, we are exploring new theoretical frameworks for design, and novel design education methodologies that serve a future celebrating the pluriversal, rather than the universal.

The “Technology Design for Coffee Production in Colombia” is a program exploring this concept. This IAP course convened 16 participants from seven countries to explore technological, social, and business solutions for small-scale coffee production along with coffee growers in rural Colombia. The course was a unique, multidisciplinary, multicultural design experience in which people came together to co-design technologies and to connect with rural coffee growers inventive practices in rural Colombia.

The course immersed participants into different agricultural practices, primarily coffee growing, as well as in the ontologies traditional to these practices. In an effort to expose participants to non-mainstream design methods and mechanisms of invention, our research team … View full description

IAP 2020 applications are open!

🔥This course is open to all MIT students🔥

Online application: bit/ly/mitcoffee2

Application Deadline: December 1st, 2019

In the Civic Media group, we are exploring new theoretical frameworks for design, and novel design education methodologies that serve a future celebrating the pluriversal, rather than the universal.

The “Technology Design for Coffee Production in Colombia” is a program exploring this concept. This IAP course convened 16 participants from seven countries to explore technological, social, and business solutions for small-scale coffee production along with coffee growers in rural Colombia. The course was a unique, multidisciplinary, multicultural design experience in which people came together to co-design technologies and to connect with rural coffee growers inventive practices in rural Colombia.

The course immersed participants into different agricultural practices, primarily coffee growing, as well as in the ontologies traditional to these practices. In an effort to expose participants to non-mainstream design methods and mechanisms of invention, our research team focused on surfacing local knowledge through research materials and hands-on activities. 

Research Topics
#design

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Anping Wang

Through this interaction, new design exchanges appear, allowing participants to add to existing local invention processes or spark new ones, building directly from the optics of coffee farmers. As a result, participants were able to collaborate and design together with farmers on a variety of technologies including add-on systems for low-cost coffee roasters, sensorized beehives and honey presses among others. 

This course was offered in January, IAP 2019, and will be offered again in January, IAP 2020. You can find more information at the MIT IAP's online platform, and apply using this form

More information:

Contact: Pedro Reynolds-Cuéllar – pcuellar@mit.edu

Online applicationbit/ly/mitcoffee2

IAP posting – http://student.mit.edu/searchiap/iap-9289afec6d8d284e016e3c7e9ead0262.html