Ingenious Instruments is a team of two female Engineers from Cambridge University. The have started a social enterprise to make a low cost, automated, high-precision microscope, which uses open source software and hardware and and has digital imaging capabilities. This new microscope has the potential to be used in schools in the U.K. to enhance science and technology education or to be used for remote diagnosis of tropical diseases in developing countries.
Last year Ingenious Instruments won a national competition run by the consulting firm McKinsey and Company and are sponsored by McKinsey and UnLtd for Social Entrepreneurs. They will be bringing a prototype of the microscope to the Elephant and Castle Mini Maker Faire to allow attendees to try out the device and to demonstrate its features to a wider audience.