Draper focuses on design, development and deployment of advanced technological solutions for the most challenging and important problems facing the nation and the world. In 2016, Draper embarked on an ambitious new undertaking to expand our history of service. Draper's Global Challenges initiative is the application of our substantial engineering capabilities to the world's pressing social and humanitarian challenges. Our Partnership for Impact approach is to identify, develop, and execute projects in conjunction with partners working in specific challenge domains, ensuring that we are providing solutions with impact to meaningful problems. Draper and our partners work together from project ideation through implementation and release to ensure that the ultimate solution will be both deployable and sustainable.
Approaches to sustainability range from including affected populations as end users during development to open-source release of system designs. By working with first adopters and end users, we ensure that the solutions are truly usable and will make a difference. Draper's not-for-profit status enables us to work on problems in domains in which traditional return-on-investment would be a limiting factor for other providers of advanced engineering solutions. Working in conjunction with our partners, we form a unique resource to positively impact such challenges. This work is enabled by like-minded philanthropies, foundations and individuals who see value in the work we do.
Click here to find out more about Draper's work to address the rising tide of microplastics in our oceans, plus watch highlights from the Microplastics: A Path Forward to Action workshop hosted at Draper in October, 2018.
Draper’s Tiny Heart Valve for Children Wins Big Award
Image & Data Analytics
Sailing to Hawaii and Finding Microplastics All Around
Draper’s System to Measure Microplastics in the Ocean with Inaugural Gift from the Wallace Research Foundation
Aim is to enable a marine plastic weather forecast
Finally, A Heart Valve for Children
The first pediatric heart valve that’s designed to “grow” with the child
Draper and HealthCubed to Partner on Low-cost Diagnostics for Children
Goal is to identify, understand and prioritize unmet needs in low resource regions across the globe
Draper Receives Funding to Advance Diagnoses of High-Risk Pregnancies in Developing Countries
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