Ideas and Those Who Create Them





Mens et Manus




What is Mbadika

[pronounced BAH-JEE-KA]

Mbadika, which means idea in Kimbundu, is a global social venture providing youth with the knowledge, skills, and resources to develop game-changing solutions for the challenges facing themselves and their communities through product design and development, from idea to real-world impact.

Alongside our local and international partners, we focus on guiding youth through the product design and development process in order to reveal not only their potential to develop everyday products but ground-breaking innovations as well.

Ideas with Impact

We provide youth a platform to design and develop their ideas into projects with real impact.

Do It Yourself

Youth are guided through the design process in order to transform their ideas into reality.

Global Focus

We foster youth-driven innovation and entrepreneurship from Boston to Cape Town.

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Our Global HQ Location: Boston

Our new Home; The Roxbury Innovation Center

In collaboration with the Venture Cafe Foundation, Mbadika's new Global HQ will be in the Roxbury Innovation Center (RIC), located in the newly remodeled Bruce C. Bolling Building in Boston's historical Dudley Square.

Through this partnership, Mbadika will continue to design and develop engaging hands-on workshops as well as products in order to guide youth through the process of product design and development by offering ground-breaking original Mbadika Workshops at the RIC as well as through the RIC's latest addition, Fab Lab Roxbury.

Nonetheless, our mission remains the same;
Serve aspiring young innovators and entrepreneurs not only in Dudley Square, but around the world.

Mini Maker Faire Boston 2016

Hosted by the Boston Children's Museum, part science fair, part county fair, and part something entirely new, Maker Faire is an all-ages gathering of creative doers.


We are proud of our work ensuring that our workshop participants gain invaluable skills, knowledge, and exposure to various methods and tools for turning their ideas into reality.

Here is what they are saying;

A TinkerCAD Lesson during the RIC Summer Immersion Program.
"I like the soft circuits because I like that you can make stuff with conductive thread, lights, and stuff."
Elizabeth, Age 10

"This was my first time using a 3D Printer, so it was very fun for me."
Jalen, Age 11

"It taught me something I didn't have a chance to learn in the to engineer."
Omar, Age 12

Meet Our Team

The Brains behind the Operation

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    Netia A. McCray Founder|Executive Director

    Ms. McCray is a recent graduate of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) in the Department of Political Science. She is the Founder and Executive Director focused on the development and establishment of Mbadika.

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    Hazel C. Zengeni Chief Technology Officer

    Ms. Zengeni is a recent graduate of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) in the Department of Mechanical Engineering. She is our Chief Technology Officer focused on Product Design and Development.

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    Chandler D. Douglas Chief Operation Officer

    Mr. Douglas is a recent graduate of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) in the Department of Mechanical Engineering. He is our Chief Operations Officer focused on our Supply Chains and Global Operations.

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    Zachary Beaumont-Kelly Marketing Intern

    Mr. Beaumont-Kelly is a Sophomore at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) in the Department of Mechanical Engineering. He is our Marketing Intern focused on the domestic and international branding of Mbadika.

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    Professor Ben Ross Schneider Board of Advisors

    Ben Ross Schneider is Ford International Professor of Political Science and director of the MIT Brazil program.

  • Saran Kaba Jones Board of Advisors


Featured Partners

We are proud to be partners to the following businesses, organizations, and government agencies;

Featured Accomplishments

We are proud to be participants in the following accelerators, competitions, events, and conferences.