Development i-Teams investigates the potential of cutting edge science and emerging technologies to enhance the wellbeing and economic development of low resource communities in developing countries. Teams of University of Cambridge students and post-doctoral researchers identify use cases in developing and emerging economies through discussion with sectoral experts and potential end-users. Findings generate new research projects and social enterprise projects and ventures supported in the CGE Cultivator.
For more information about Development i-Teams and the other i-Teams programmes, including information about how to apply for a place on a team, please see the i-Teams website www.iteamsonline.org.
Development i-Teams is run by CGE in collaboration with Cambridge i-Teams, which is directed by Amy Weatherup.
Development i-Teams past projects:
- Investigating the adoption of a new way of dyeing fabric in India
- Identifying the market challenges of using solar photocatalysis to purify water
- Exploring the potential for self-healing circuits to address e-waste in the developing world
- Exploring pen source, paper-based diagnostic strip which is based on recent advances in “cell-free” synthetic biology
- Developing low-cost systems to grow and process edible microalgae enriched in vitamin B12 that can be consumed directly by humans or to enhance animal feed
- Establishing sustainable community cloud infrastructures in the developing world
- Lighting the developing world with solar-powered LEDs
- Using the biogas ecosystem to alleviate the poverty of African subsistence farmers
- Developing a low-cost microscope for water testing
- Developing local production of fuels for rural communities
- Recycling lead from used lead-acid batteries
- Investigating cost effective methods for testing water quality in the developing world
- Improving the storage of biogas
- Investigating the impact of blood transfusion services in the developing world
- Circular photosynthesis: Plant-based bioelectrical system hub for off-grid villages
- Investigating the need for locally-produced, biodegradable wound dressings in the developing world
- Using ApRES to enhance groundwater management in arid and semi-arid regions