ADE Social Impact Showcase 2024

A student presents their social impact initiative during Olin College's ADE Tech Day in 2020


Friday, May 03, 2024 - 3:30PM EST


Weissman Foundry, Babson College

ADE Social Impact Showcase 2024

When: Friday, May 3, 2024

Time: 3:30 - 5:15 p.m. (ET)

In-person - Room 103
Weissman Foundry, Babson College
9 Map Hill Drive, Wellesley, MA 02482
Free parking across the street

On Friday, May 3, come engage with the Affordable Design and Entrepreneurship (ADE) students from Babson, Olin, and Wellesley, who are collaborating on a variety of social impact projects, such as making change by designing a medical device to detect infant hearing loss; writing code generated data products for defense attorneys to fight racial profiling; co-designing programs and curriculum modules with STEM youth educators; creating data walks and ambient sensor network driven briefings to inform air quality policy; manufacturing cassava processing machines to equip women's small businesses, and much more!

After the teams give 5-min summary presentations, there will be an interactive poster session to engage directly with students! 

  • This is a mask friendly event.
  • We encourage guests to wear a mask indoors at all times. We ask that guests who feel sick or who are experiencing any symptoms of COVID-19 not come to campus.

Please read the guidance for visitors to Babson's campus.

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ADE Showcase

Watch: A look at Affordable Design and Entrepreneurship (ADE) at Olin.


Through ADE, students engage collaboratively with communities and partners to reduce burden, expand education, improve health, ensure rights, and generate income. Teams engage, propose, prototype, test, and refine using the normative principles, methods, and tools of their track's change-making practice in ethical ways, be it community organizing, public policy advocacy, social venturing, etc.

AIR QUALITY - Reducing the burden of air pollution in near-source communities by building awareness and capacity for agency. - Roxbury

COMMUNITY DEVELOPMENT - Working with local educators to create equitable access to hands-on learning opportunities for 9-15 year-olds that build self-confidence, invite creative self-expression, and inspire community action. The long-term goal is to catalyze cycles of success that begin to disrupt the legacy of structural exclusion that can lock entire communities in cycles of generational poverty. - Massachusetts, Mississippi

FOOD PROCESSING - Creating mini post-harvest processing machines accessible to women to reduce gender inequality, increase local food security, reduce burden, and grow small businesses. - Ashanti, Ghana

GLOBAL HEALTH - Increasing early access to hearing screening devices to enhance immediate well-being of children and improve their overall life outcomes. - virtual codesign with communities in Massachusetts and Latin America.  - Guatemala, Massachusetts

RIGHTS AND PRIVACY - We provide defense attorneys with digestible data reports to identify racial disparities in an officer's or department's history of traffic stops, better equipping those attorneys to reduce harm to their clients from racially-motivated stops. - Massachusetts