Development i-Teams investigates ways in which real Cambridge innovations could be used in the developing world to improve people’s lives in a sustainable way.
By joining a Development i-Team, you will work for 5 weeks with students from across the University and a dedicated industry mentor. You will investigate the realities of taking of a real Cambridge invention into the developing world, gaining hands-on skills and experience. Past Development i-Teams projects include WaterScope, Open Diagnostics and Solaware.
This term’s projects are:
- Assessing the viability of a device for improving patient adherence to medication regimes in the developing world with Dr. Andres Arcia-Moret, Computer Lab
- Investigating the need for blockchain technology in developing economies, with Dr. Melvyn Weeks, Economics
- Developing antimicrobial ointments and wound dressings for the developing world, with Dr. Nuno Faria, Veterinary Medicine
Apply by Tuesday October 9th for the Michaelmas term Development i-Teams course. Teams will be notified by Friday October 12th.
Development i-Teams runs on Tuesday evenings at 7pm-10pm from October 16th through to November 20th, at the Institute for Manufacturing. In the first session you will meet the inventors behind the projects and start work. The final session will give an opportunity to present the results of the projects to an external audience. See the syllabus for details.
All teams meet on Tuesday evenings which includes a training lecture or workshop and time for team meetings. Past i-Teamers estimate that their projects needed about 4 hours a week of individual effort in addition to the weekly sessions. As part of their projects, team members will need to contact external industry experts by phone and email – some calls and meetings may need to take place during office hours.
Development i-Teams is open to any student (under-graduate or post-graduate), post-doctoral researcher or member of staff at the University of Cambridge, Babraham Institute or the British Antarctic Survey.
Innovation i-Teams is also running in Michaelmas Term, with an application deadline of September 25th.
Apply for Development i-Teams
Please include a covering letter indicating which project most interests you and why, and a brief CV of your background and experience. In particular, we are looking for what inspires your interest in international development. You are more likely to secure a place on a team if you specify a second choice project.