Welcome to a new year!
Welcome to the 2014-15 academic year, the tenth year of i-Teams at the University of Cambridge. To date we have worked on 90 projects with nearly 600 students, which include 24 active start-ups.
This year we plan to run three projects in each of the three Cambridge terms. Our Michaelmas Term course is currently open for student applications (deadline September 29th), and includes projects on counting whales using satellite imagery (which is our first project for the British Antarctic Survey), colour-changing coatings, and new metal-organic framework materials for purifying gases and making sensors.
We are looking for projects for Lent (January-March) and Easter (March-June) terms and will open applications for students in November and February...
If you have a potential project for i-Teams, please contact us via the i-Teams website.
i-Teams at UEA
We have been collaborating with colleagues at the University of East Anglia (UEA) in Norwich for several years, including running projects based on UEA inventions (see below for updates on some of these), and having UEA PhD students participate at i-Teams in Cambridge.
This year, UEA will be trialling their own i-Teams course on the Norwich Research Park, with the program starting in January 2015. Their i-Teams coordinator, Dr. Christian Roghi, is a former research scientist who holds a Diploma in Management Consulting, has recently completed his MBA and founded his own start-up. Working with Christian as the project manager for i-Teams is Vittoria Danino-Appleton, a former research scientist now studying for an MBA, who is the UEA relationships manager working with science.
If you have a potential Norwich-based project or are interested in participating in i-Teams at UEA, please contact Christian. We are aiming to arrange some Cambridge-Norwich link activities for later in the year...
Where are they now?
Two of our past projects for UEA are now successful and rapidly-growing start-up companies.
Spectral Edge (i-Teams Michaelmas 2011) raised a seed investment round of Â£300k in July and is developing a range of products based on their image-enhancing technology, including Eyeteq which improves visibility for the colour-blind, as well as tools to create "near-infrared" images, and add additional spectral information to existing images.
Intelligent Fingerprinting (i-Teams Lent 2010) has raised several million dollars of investment over the past few years, and is expecting to commercially launch its handheld drug-detection device early next year. The product can detect illegal drugs from a person's fingerprints, giving a quick and non-invasive means of drug-testing.
We look forward to watching them both grow from strength to strength!