TEDxBoston 2012

Timothy Prestero

Design That Matters

Helping social entrepreneurs in developing countries get the resources they need to scale their enterprises.

Curator’s Pick: “There’s no such thing as a dumb user; there are only dumb products.”

Design has the potential to solve tough problems and transform lives in developing countries.  So why are designs for the poor most commonly found in magazines and at award shows, rather than out in the field?  Designer Timothy Prestero describes his experiences getting beyond the “concept car” to reach social impact.



Timothy Prestero is the founder and CEO of Design that Matters (DtM), a 501c3 nonprofit based in Cambridge, Massachusetts.  DtM collaborates with leading social entrepreneurs and hundreds of volunteers to design new products and services for the poor in developing countries.  A former Peace Corps volunteer and MIT graduate, Tim has worked in West Africa, Latin America and Asia. He is a Martin Fellow at the MIT Laboratory for Energy and the Environment, a Draper Richards Kaplan Fellow, and was named an Ashoka Affiliate in 2004.  His awards include the 2007 Social Venture Network Innovation Award, and the 2009 World Technology Award. DtM’s NeoNurture Infant Incubator was named #1 of the “50 Best Inventions of 2010” by TIME Magazine, and this year, DtM was named the winner of the National Design Award in Corporate and Institutional Achievement.

For more information, visit:  www.designthatmatters.org

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