10 Jun 2016 9:30am - 5:00pm Seminar Room SG1, Alison Richard Building



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Cambridge is a global leader in science and technology, and advances pioneered in Cambridge have impacted significantly on the lives of the world’s poorest and most marginalised people. To date, however, this impact has not been uniformly positive. Most of the benefits of cutting edge science are enjoyed by the world’s wealthiest 10%, while the bottom 50% bear the brunt of the externalities that new technologies so often generate.

This workshop brings together people who are working to change this situation by evolving innovative technological responses to challenges faced by people who live on less than $2 per day.

The workshop provides a counterpoint to a year-long series of seminars that have examined technologies of the future with a view to evolving social, legal and policy frameworks to ensure that new science enhances rather than undermines the wellbeing of the world’s bottom billion. (http://www.crassh.cam.ac.uk/programmes/science-non-fiction-and-the-bottom-billion)

In response to the seminars, the focus of the workshop is practice rather than policy, and initiatives taking place now and the near future rather than paradigmatic shifts in the longer term.

Presentations will be made by University of Cambridge academics and students, practitioners from NGOs and civil society organisations, social entrepreneurs running their own ventures and intrapreneurs working on social innovation initiatives in large corporations.








Part of the Science non Fiction and the Bottom Billion: Envolving Fairer Frameworks for the Future Research Group, series.

Administrative assistance: gradfac@crassh.cam.ac.uk




9.40-10.00 10.00-11.00

Lara Allen (Centre for Global Equality)

Empowering communities to combat water inequality with a faster, cheaper and simpler water testing kit
Richard Bowman (Waterscope; Nanophotonics Group, Cavendish Laboratory, University of Cambridge)

Photocatalytic Water Treatments
Mike Coto (Materials Chemistry Group, Department of Materials Science & Metallurgy, University of Cambridge)

Tech for Good
Dominic Vergine (Head of Sustainability and Corporate Responsibility, ARM


Tea/coffee break


Technology Justice – A Framework (title TBC)
Amber Meikle and Paul Smith (Practical Action)

Combatting malaria one map at a time
Simão Belchior (Vizzuality)

DigiTally: offline payments
Khaled Baqer (Computer Laboratory, University of Cambridge)




The 'Last Mile' of Design: Lessons in building hardware & software for global health Simprints
Toby Norman (CEO, Simprints)

Island Manufacturing: A localised production arrangement for global manufacturing firms
Sudhir Rama Murthy (Institute for Manufacturing, University of Cambridge)

Beyond basic digital skills: how advanced digital capabilities have an increasing role in poverty alleviation
Richard Dent (Sociology Department, Networking for Development Lab, Computer Lab, University of Cambridge)

The NT100 – our quest to find the 100 most inspirational ‘social tech’ ventures from around the world
Anne Radl (Programme Development Manager, Nominet Trust)


Tea/coffee break


Networking for Development: Connecting the next three billion
Arjuna Sathiaseelan (Computer Lab, University of Cambridge)

HALO — Affordable Lighting Solution
An Bao (Cambridge Centre for Gallium Nitride, Department of Materials Science & Metallurgy, University of Cambridge)

Innovative m-Learning for Kenyan Frontline Healthcare
Nicholas Tip (Accenture)

Innovation in Education
Becky Telford (Global Innovation Content Strategist, UNICEF)

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