We are delighted that i-Teams continues to expand globally. Amy Weatherup who runs i-Teams in Cambridge has been working over the summer with Dr. Lara Allen and Ben Moore from the Centre of Global Equality (CGE), delivering i-Teams online at the Hanoi University of Science and Technology (HUST) for the first time.
HUST i-Teams has been set up in collaboration with the School of Electrical and Electronics Engineering at HUST and is part of a larger two year ASEAN i-Teams programme. Funded by the UK Foreign, Commonwealth & Development Office (FCDO), ASEAN i-Teams aims to provide early market feedback about the commercial viability of new technologies emerging from university research, and to train the next generation of Indonesian and Vietnamese scientists and engineers in hands-on commercialisation skills.
In Hanoi, three i-Teams of HUST students are investigating the market need in Vietnam for portable bacterial testing in water, local manufacturing of enzymes to support a bio-based economy, and detection of fetal ECG signals to enable smart health monitoring for pregnant women. They have made excellent progress and their findings will be helpful for Cambridge spin-outs Beneficial Bio and Waterscope, as well as for HUST researchers.
Lara and Ben were able to visit Hanoi as part of this programme, meeting the fantastic course coordinators and participants at HUST, along with their industry mentors who have been advising the teams on their approach to the projects. They delivered lectures and workshops on inclusive innovation and design thinking, and visited companies in Hanoi to understand the city’s innovation ecosystem.
ASEAN i-Teams is funded by the UK Foreign, Commonwealth & Development Office.
Image courtesy of HUST.