Design for Extreme Affordability is a two quarter, multidisciplinary, project-based course open to Stanford University students. Students work in teams, using design thinking methods, to develop products and services that serve the needs of the world's poor. Learn more about the course.

In the news

Marketplace features Extreme, our HandHero team, and our partner ReSurge International

July 2014 | Extreme featured on NPR's Marketplace Morning Edition Listen or read more

Sanjay Gupta features the Extreme Teaching Team

May 2013 | Extreme featured on CNN's "The Next List" Watch episode

After years of quiet work by Project Healthy Children, Extreme fortification technology commercialized

May 2013 | Amaize project from 2009 hits the market as Sanku Learn more

d.light wins Zayed Future Energy Prize 

Jan 2013 | d.light wins Zayed Future Energy Prize in the SME category. Read more

AdaptAir wins BASES Award

May 12 | BASES Annual Competition Read More

Embrace wins Design Award

Oct 16 | Fast Company Innovation by Design Award Read More

Forget B-School, D-School Is Hot

June 7 | Wall Street JournalRead More

Forbes Impact 30 (includes 3 Extreme Alumni)

Nov 30 | ForbesRead More


It has been extremely gratifying to contribute to improving critical medical systems for some of India's poorest patients, even as these interactions have permanently altered my perspective on a doctor's role in society. Extreme is perhaps the most important class I have taken in over a decade of medical training - and I am certainly a better physician for it.Dr. Dhruv Kazi, Medicine, Extreme 2012
Extreme will be a class that I talk about for the rest of my life, and will undoubtedly influence my future career choices, management style and approach to problem solving.Kylan Lundeen, Business, Extreme 2012






Special dates

2 Jun 2016 | Join us at our celebratory Design Expo to see what our students have created.We'll be at the from 7:30-9:30pm.
Jun-Sep 2016 | Summer support program, Social E Lab, runs for teams wishing to advance their work from the class. 
Oct-early Nov 2016 | Information sessions for students happening at Stanford. Join us! Details here:
Nov 2016 | Applications for our 2016-17 students are due. It will be made available here in Oct 2016. 
Nov 2016 | Mandatory, in-person event for students who have made it to the second round of applicants.
Jan 2017 | Class begins for accepted students.