The participants then split up into their respective teams to begin working out concepts for their various ideas and sketches. The teams have already done quite a bit of research into the underlying problem behind what they are trying to create and are also still in the process of finding out all previous research that has been done in that area. Many of the teams have been making contact with individuals and groups from all over the globe to try and find out more specific details about research paper's and to try and find out on the ground information in developing countries where the problem exists. Elizabeth Kneen, from the System for Flash Heating Breast Milk team, told me that they plan to talk to doctors in Zimbabwe and Malawi, have already made contact with people from Tanzania, China, Philadelphia, California, and even had a chat with some PHD students in Newcastle, England!
George Fuachie explains an idea to his fellow $10 computer team members, Miguel and Anuj
It was then time for me to me to think of an Irish dish that I could make for the Potluck dinner. I literally had my phone in my hand, on the verge of ringing home to plead with my mother for help, when I had a moment of inspiration. Strolling down the cereal aisle I came across a well known American cereal called "Lucky Charms" which plays heavily on the Irish leprechaun stereotype and simply had to buy it. Leaving the store(I also bought fish and potatoes) Nathan Cooke, a participant currently studying at the Art Center College of Design in Passadena, grabbed hold of my bag and triumphantly declared that he had "got hold of me lucky charms". He then stopped for a moment before declaring that he had in fact "been waiting his entire life" to be able to say that. I am glad to see that the Irish are still a source of amusement over here!
Yours truly, playing up to a good old fashioned stereotype
On the bus back to MIT Shaibu Laizer, a participant hailing from Arusha in Tanzania, promised that he would cook me some ugali(the Swahili way of saying nchima) once we returned to the dorms. Shaibu is employed as a bike workshop manager for Global Alliance in his native Tanzania and his work centers around repairing bikes sent from Bikes not Bombs, a company which has a base here in Boston. He also works closely with Bernard Kiwia in dismantling these bikes and attempting to create new pedal powered forms of energy from the remaining parts. He told me of his delight in having the chance to come to MIT this summer and stressed his desire to take home ideas and technologies that he can use and employ in his work in Arusha.