Bootcamp on Design and Manufacture of BoP Products

This online bootcamp is an introduction to design for manufacturability and choosing manufacturers in the context of products in BoP markets. The course is intended for start-up or product development teams who have a working prototype of a BoP product that is ready to be designed for manufacturability and put into production. Students or professionals who are generally interested in the topic are also welcome.

Participants will be exposed to:

Product development as a structured process of risk retirement using examples of BoP products e.g. solar lighting, irrigation pumps, and medical devices in Sub-Saharan Africa, India and beyond.

Manufacturing process common for BoP products

Quality considerations, including tolerances and six sigma design

Costing and deciding between local vs. foreign vs. regional manufacturing

This course involves hands-on activities including product teardowns, prototyping, and engaging real manufacturing vendors.


The signup period closes on June 1st 2016! The bootcamp will run from June 6th until July 4th, 2016.


Location: Boston, Massachusetts

Dates: June 6, 2016 - June 27, 2016