T4D Hub First Annual Report


Cambridge is a global technology hub and the most successful entrepreneurial cluster in Europe, home to cutting-edge innovations developed across the fields of wireless, microchips, computing, and the life sciences. It is also the centre of a growing number of researchers, engineers, and international development experts passionate about using these innovations to solve the most … Continue reading T4D Hub First Annual Report

Technology for the Bottom Billion Workshop


Actionable ideas that nibble away at extreme global inequality were at the heart of a workshop aimed at addressing how science and technology can improve the lives of people living on less than $2 per day. Projects in healthcare, education and business that focused on the specific needs of the world’s poorest and marginalised included … Continue reading Technology for the Bottom Billion Workshop

What Do Formal Halls and Immigration Have in Common with Equality?


Written by Aneta Izabela Mlodawska A few weeks ago, I took part in one of Cambridge’s formal halls.  For those who do not understand this term – a formal hall is an official dinner organised in different colleges throughout the week, at which time students and professors are usually obliged to wear their Cambridge gowns. … Continue reading What Do Formal Halls and Immigration Have in Common with Equality?

Equality Paradox in Body Image


Written by Courtney Anne Roy: Body image – regardless of its intensity or form, this feeling of self-awareness has been around for ages.  Throughout history and around the world, there has been an evolutionary set of beauty standards socioculturally created and influenced with the mission of seeking an ideal shape or appearance.  Yet, in more … Continue reading Equality Paradox in Body Image

Microfinance Innovation for Financial Inclusion in Developing Economies: Learning from M-Pesa and Beyond


Science Non-Fiction seminar (22nd February 2016) with Dr Karl Prince, Research Associate at the Judge Business School, previously a senior consultant at Sagentia technology consultancy in Cambridge. When M-Pesa, a mobile phone-based money transfer system provided by network operator Safaricom, was launched in Kenya in 2007, the way in which people handled their finances transformed. Arduous … Continue reading Microfinance Innovation for Financial Inclusion in Developing Economies: Learning from M-Pesa and Beyond

Cataloging Global Diversity in the Human Genome: Promises and Pitfalls


Science Non-Fiction seminar (8th February 2016) with Dr Manjinder Sandhu, Lecturer in Epidemiology, Department of Public Health and Primary Care; Group Leader, Genetic Epidemiology Group – Wellcome Trust Sanger Institute Cataloging the human genome, its variations and mutations, promises to give us ever-greater understanding of human history, migration patterns, and the diseases and treatments that … Continue reading Cataloging Global Diversity in the Human Genome: Promises and Pitfalls

Equality in How We Look at the World


Written by Aneta Izabela Mlodawska: Equality is a concept which is not easy to define, and which should be implemented in a myriad of different ways. We often analyse equality in terms of our race, gender, religious backgrounds, which are of course extremely vital. But I sometimes think that we neglect the value of equality in … Continue reading Equality in How We Look at the World

Who Owns Big Data? Will Machine Learning Systems Extract Cognitive Rents from the Poor?


Science Non-Fiction seminar (25th January 2016) with Alan Blackwell, Professor of Interdisciplinary Design, University of Cambridge; Director of the Crucible network for research in interdisciplinary design; with a response from Richard Harper, previously Principal Researcher at Microsoft Research, and author of numerous books on technology and society. Advancements in Artificial Intelligence, Machine Learning, and Big Data conjure up … Continue reading Who Owns Big Data? Will Machine Learning Systems Extract Cognitive Rents from the Poor?

Is Global Equality Possible?


Written by Melina Bacalja Perianes: This discourse of equality is a term used frequently in political and moral discussions.  There is general agreement in western societies that all people are born free and equal.  This idea permeates through liberal democrats, yet we know the lived reality of many is far from it. Equality and rights … Continue reading Is Global Equality Possible?