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

Sanjay Gupta features the Extreme Teaching Team

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

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, School of 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, Graduate School of Business, Extreme 2012

Special dates

22 Oct - 7 Nov 2013 | Information sessions for students happening at Stanford. Join us! Details here:
10 Nov 2013 11:59pm | Applications for our 2013-14 students are due. It will be made available here no later than 28 Oct 2013
17 or 18 Nov 2013 | Mandatory, in-person event for students who have made it to the second round of applicants.
6 Jan 2014 | First day of class for accepted students
11 Jan 2014 | Saturday retreat for accepted students.
5 Jun 2014 | Join us at our celebratory Design Expo to see what our students have created. We'll be at the from 7-9pm.