Namaskara! Welcome to the iSTEP 2013 blog. We’re a team of eight students and recent alumni from Carnegie Mellon University working in Bangalore, India for the summer on assistive technology projects in collaboration with our partner, the Mathru Educational Trust for the Blind.
This opportunity is made possible through the iSTEP (innovative Student Technology ExPerience) internship program. This unique program provides Carnegie Mellon University students with the opportunity to conduct technology research projects in developing communities. iSTEP was started in 2009 by the TechBridgeWorld research group and designed so that iSTEP interns get real-world experience in applying their knowledge and skills for creative problem solving in unfamiliar settings.
The multidisciplinary iSTEP team is comprised of a mix of undergraduate and graduate students and recent alumni from various departments at Carnegie Mellon University and Carnegie Mellon University in Qatar. Together with TechBridgeWorld, the iSTEP team collaborates with local partners on technology research projects for underserved communities. The combined TechBridgeWorld and iSTEP teams are globally-distributed with iSTEP interns based in the overseas partner location and TechBridgeWorld faculty and staff based in Carnegie Mellon University’s Pittsburgh, USA campus.
This year’s internship location is Bangalore, India. The iSTEP 2013 team is working with the Mathru Educational Trust for the Blind on assistive technology projects. Past locations include Tanzania in 2009, Bangladesh in 2010, Uruguay in 2011, and Ghana in 2012 with projects in assistive technology, literacy tools, information exchange and environmental sustainability.