WHAT WE DO

Our organisation

The student society
The Challenge of Slum Research Conference
Charity Strategy Meeting

THE STUDENT SOCIETY

The student society designs innovative sustainable products which enhance quality of life
for urban communities across Latin America.

World-class facilities combine with field research to facilitate a process of evaluation, design and testing that turns ideas into reality. The impact of our products on their local environment is closely monitored, and the commitment shown by our teams, harnessing diverse skills from mathematics to journalism, is rewarded with the knowledge that they are not only developing themselves, but making a tangible difference to the world around them.

THE RESEARCH CLUSTER

Innovation cannot afford to ignore world-class experience. Our research focuses on real-world problems, delivering tangible applications.

The first research cluster at the University of Cambridge encompasses the Departments of Engineering, Architecture, Land Economy and the Judge Business School. We are currently developing a collaboration with MIT to provide local coordination for experimental research and test facilities to evaluate prototypes in Latin America, and are exploring similar partnerships with other centres of excellence for the built environment.

THE CHARITY

The charity is a collaborative platform, accelerating the route to market for new products and technology through establishing multidisciplinary partnerships.

Founded by Jamie Radford and Jose Vallejo in 2011, the initiative has rapidly evolved from the formation of the student society to the creation of the research cluster, culminating in its registration as a charity last year. Through establishing and coordinating multidisciplinary partnerships between industry, academia, investors, entrepreneurs and non-governmental organisations we drive innovation in the urban developing world

TEAMS

Transitional Housing

Information Systems

Manufacturing Systems

Permanent Housing

Sustainability

Training

Communications

WORKSTREAMS

Strategy

Entrepreneurship

Field Test Centres

Monitoring and Evaluation

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