Worldwide, groundwater is the most heavily extracted of all raw materials. ApRES is an instrument that can document changes in the depth of the water table and can monitor the discharge and recharge of aquifers in arid and semi-arid regions – making the management of groundwater in water-scarce regions practically possible. ApRES has an impressive depth resolution, can be left unattended for extended periods, has low power requirements and can be remotely reprogrammed.
There are huge barriers to emerging economies harnessing biotechnology to meet local challenges, including inadequate supply chains, making reagents unaffordable and hampering scientific progress. Beneficial Bio is a network of social enterprises run by biologists that aims to eliminate these barriers by accelerating and scaling local research in the short term, and increasing the agency of more people to shape biotechnology over the long term.
The Bio Bottle Voltaic (BBV) device is an open source apparatus that generates electrical current through the biological activity of algae or plants. The components of the BBV are obtained from recycled material: plastic bottles and aluminium from recycled cans.
Blue Tap is developing a water purifier pack which can be easily installed by local plumbers onto household pipes in developing countries. This means water can be purified to drinking water quality. The plumbers will be trained to safely dose water and insert the correct amount of chlorine into the water supply. The venture aims to build a local water entrepreneurship movement – helping plumbers build their business from selling, installing and maintaining the Blue Tap technology in the communities that will benefit from it most.
Traumatic brain injury is the leading cause of death and disability in the under-40s; every year, over 15 million people suffer a traumatic brain injury. Effective treatment requires imaging but current technologies (CT and MRI) are expensive and static, meaning that they are unavailable for much of the world’s population. Cortirio are developing portable and low-cost brain imaging, enabling diagnosis to be done in any location.
Farming Data have developed a digital farmer-to-buyer transaction platform as a scalable solution to the market access, data generation, and data delivery problem in smallholder agriculture. The platform is user-centric, built for the technology available to smallholders and local buyers.
Ideabatic has been developing its SMILE (Smart last-mile) technology to guarantee vaccines are kept at the critical temperatures of 2-8 degrees Celsius and extend cooling capacity throughout the ‘last-mile’ journey, which typically takes a few hours to 7 days. SMILE aims to eliminate vaccine spoilage and reach out to millions who are currently unvaccinated.
Innoflav is exploring the potential to use a novel vitamin-based compound with antiviral properties as a disinfectant in low- and middle-income countries. The compound used is a colloid formulation consisting of a titanium dioxide core encased in a vitamin layer. It is activated by light, which starts the production of a reactive oxygen species, damaging any present virus particles and possibly other pathogens such as bacterial spores. The compound can be applied as a paste or as a solution via a spray mister to disinfect surfaces, which are then pathogen-free for a longer amount of time than with typical disinfectants currently on the market.
Kijani Energy designs and builds innovative green technology solutions that manage the temperature and transportation of perishable crops from farm to table and play a critical ESG role in least developed countries, where food losses for farmers during post-harvest can be as high as 50%.
Majico’s patented technology is based on a new method of water treatment that accelerates photocatalysis – the disinfection of water from many common organic contaminants under solar illumination. This innovative technology allows faster and more effective (efficiency of E.coli disinfection rate up to 13x higher than titanium dioxide) sunlight-driven water treatment and its simple delivery allows it to be conducted off-grid.
The Morepak team emerged from the 2020 Cambridge Fruit and Veg Makeathon with a new product that will aim to provide more durable packaging for farmers making the journey from farm to market.
The Open Development and Education Network (OpenDevEd) seeks to support children, teachers, ministries and other education sector actors through open approaches, and embodies by the Principles for Digital Development, incorporating open data and open resources.
Formerly know as CamBike Sensor, open-seneca are developing a low-cost mobile citizen science air pollution sensor network. The open source sensor hub is currently being adapted to consider the challenges and opportunities of measuring air quality in urban environments of developing countries.
Rural Senses offers fast and affordable data that accurately reflects on-the-ground community needs. They combine AI-enhanced proprietary human-centred data collection and analysis approaches – combining quantitative and qualitative datasets – with cutting-edge geospatial analysis supported by Machine Learning (ML). This allows the team to provide community profiles that are bottom-up, highly granulated, and impartial, in regions with high data demand (such as refugee settlements) or in-line with client needs. The data collection process is led by local community members, who not only benefit from better-targeted interventions but also gain additional income.
Using supply chain innovation, Sparrow is up-cycling bicycles from ‘share bike graveyards’ across China for use in Ethiopia, Uganda, Kenya and Tanzania. The bicycles are reliable and robust as they have been designed specifically for shared use and outdoor storage, and will be sold at roughly a third of the cost of conventional bicycle charities.
Team Sea Goats emerged from the 2020 Cambridge Fruit & Veg Makeathon with a new technology that will aim to provide aquaponics farming for urban spaces.
One in ten people in the world do not have access to clean water. Water-born bacterial infections lead to 2.2 million deaths every year and current water testing equipment is bulky, expensive and take at least a day to give results. Waterscope is developing an inexpensive, rapid water testing kit capable of identifying bacterial presence in 20 minutes, 20 times faster than current tests available.