The Hunt Institute aims to shift the foundation of poverty through action and empowerment, not charity. The Institute strives to bring together the most talented minds from fields including engineering, science, business, international development, and global economics, and combine their efforts with market forces to improve the standard of living for those in extreme poverty. The Institute focuses on access to clean water; creating affordable shelter, including design justice for the marginalized; hygiene education and promotion; access to energy; and meeting basic infrastructure needs.
The Hunt Institute for Engineering and Humanity has three long-term goals:
- Educate: Prepare the engineer of the future to solve pressing humanitarian issues through skilled expertise and leadership.
- Collaborate: Form strategic partnerships with business, academia, government, and other organizations working in innovation and/or developing countries.
- Facilitate: Serve as an aggregator and facilitator between communities needing innovative solutions and the organizations building those solutions.