Development i-Teams (in partnership with the Centre for Global Equality) investigates how new innovations can be used to improve people’s lives in the developing world in a sustainable way.
Development i-Teams projects typically address questions of route-to-market and available funding for using new technologies in the developing world, as well as identifying the best countries to work in. Several Development i-Teams projects have moved into the Centre for Global Equality’s Cultivator programme after completion of the i-Teams course, often with the participation of some of the original i-Teams members.
Questions that Development i-Teams consider include:
- What is the development need that this technology or product aims to address?
- Is this appropriate for use in a development context, and if so, how, and in what geographies?
- Can it be used to create or enhance good-quality low-cost products, that are affordable for ordinary people?
- What are the best routes to market, and how does pricing affect these?
- What is the best way to generate sustainable long-term impact? For example, via commercial organisations, social enterprises, international or local NGOs, charities or a combination of these?
- Does the technology lend itself to a mixed approach, with customers in both the developed and the developing world?
Key question asked? What is the best way to take our innovation into the developing world?
Which terms does it run? Michaelmas and Easter
What day does it run? Tuesday evenings from 7pm-10pm
Where is it held? Either online or at the IfM, depending on latest guidance
How long does it last? 5 weeks (6 sessions), all within Full Term
Who can apply? 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