J-WEL Webinar, "Hyperlocal Co-design for Assistive Technologies" with Kyle Keane, Aug. 7, 2019 | MIT J-WEL

J-WEL Webinar, "Hyperlocal Co-design for Assistive Technologies" with Kyle Keane, Aug. 7, 2019



Webinar: "Hyperlocal Co-design for Assistive Technologies"

Date and Time

Wednesday, August 7, 2019

9:30-10:30 a.m. Eastern US Time




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Webinar Description

Hear from Dr. Kyle Keane and Anna Musser about their experiences building a study abroad program with MIT-India that brings MIT undergraduates to developing countries where they co-design assistive technologies by collaborating with local college students, working professionals, and people living with disabilities. This feet-on-the-ground, intercultural experience provides students with a unique opportunity to find highly-impactful engineering projects that align their technical skills and humanistic ideals. One of these projects, funded by J-WEL, will continue to full production and distribution over the next year. We will hear about the itinerary and highlights of the latest trip, first-hand stories from students who participated in the program, ongoing efforts, future plans, and details about the logistics, partnerships, and other resources needed to replicate this model. You can find out more information at http://news.mit.edu/2019/co-designing-assistive-technologies-india-0325.


Dr. Kyle Keane and Anna Musser


About Kyle Keane

Dr. Kyle Keane is a Lecturer and Research Scientist in Materials Science and Engineering. He co-teaches 6.811/2.78/HST.420 Principles and Practices of Assistive Technology. He recently worked with MIT-India to create and lead the inaugural offering of 3.008 Humanistic Co-design of Assistive Technology in the Developing World. Students in Dr. Keane's research group work on various projects in computational materials science and human-material interactions.


About Anna Musser

A former Special Education Teacher, Anna Musser is currently creating an open online course through MITx that explores the fundamentals of accessibility and designing products with people who have disabilities. Additionally, Anna also co-facilitates 3.008, Humanistic Co-Design of Assistive Technology in the Developing World, where MIT students travel to India to co-create assistive technology with people who have various disabilities.


Date & Time: 
Wednesday, August 7, 2019 - 09:30