Innovations for Poverty Alleviation Lab
The Innovations for Poverty Alleviation Lab (IPAL) consists of a team of committed and inspiring individuals who believe that technology has the potential to uplift the quality of life and bring about positive social change. IPAL works to bridge the gap between technological innovations and social development. Researchers, academicians and students pool together their resources at IPAL to discuss, uncover and solve the unique set of problems being faced by the underdeveloped communities.
An estimated 60 percent of the Pakistani population is living below the poverty line. A multitude of problems gnaw at the socio-economic fabric of Pakistan. Issues like the unavailability of clean drinking water, inaccessible health services, illiteracy, unemployment and natural disasters are rampant in the country.Through dedicated and innovative research and pedagogy, IPAL hopes to overcome these problems and also foster development, personal growth, and a transformed perspective on the intersections between health and technology in the Pakistani society. Additionally, IPAL aims to develop a platform for social impact where different methodologies are infused together to create an environment conducive for innovations for sustainable and affordable technology. At IPAL, field work, pedagogy and hands-on lab and design work are simultaneously carried out to develop solutions for social development. IPAL has two sub categories for the purpose of functional synergy: I-HUB and D-Lab.
IPAL aims to become the largest name in the design and discourse for social impact in Pakistan.
D-lab is a design lab actively involved in promoting and supporting sustainable change. It emulates labs in the best design schools and design-oriented universities.At D-Lab we understand that the Engineering and Science students are best positioned to harness technology to fight poverty and other social problems. To this end, two carefully planned design course; D-lab 1 and D-lab 2 are developed to equip Electrical Engineering and Computer Science students with design tools.
At D-Lab, interdisciplinary student teams work with mentors and design professionals to create innovative social solutions. The mentors and students visit the disadvantaged communities and brainstorm viable ideas to improve the lives of the people.
The aim of I-HUB is to speed up the development and commercialization of low-cost and efficient technologies in the market for the underprivileged sector of the community. The seamless execution of design and development is made possible with the help of I-HUB’s highly skilled and motivated team members.
Great ideas that have the power to influence underdeveloped communities and societies in a positive way are researched and developed at I-HUB.These ideas are then converted into actionable plans; new technologies and innovative solutions are developed, prototyped and improved for actual implementation and use.