Are you looking for a chance to work on a short-term project tackling a real-life challenge? A summer/winter residential at TEDI-London could be the perfect opportunity for you!
Our summer and winter residentials are ideal for current undergraduate students seeking practical, project-based experience, but is suitable for anyone who would like to:
- Gain experience working on a project with real-world impact and in support of the UN’s Sustainable Development Goals.
- Build a compelling and engaging project portfolio to boost CV’s and support future job/internship applications.
- Learn workshop skills such as using design software and 3D printing technology, prototyping, and electronics.
- Develop key workplace skills including: multidisciplinary teamworking, research, making, life-cycle analysis, evaluation, analytical problem-solving, multi-channel communication, self-reflection, independent-thinking, leadership, project management (i.e. planning, design, delivery), market research, stakeholder management, client work, and pitching.
- Work in an interdisciplinary team of students from all over the world.
- Work directly with stakeholders and learn how to improve designs through feedback.
- Learn from industry experts and expand professional network.
- Experience TEDI-London’s project-based style of teaching.
To prepare you to tackle real-world global issues, you’ll be given some online pre-learning content to work through before you join us on campus in week 4. This includes interviews with industry experts, presentations from leading academics, and interactive content, and is designed to guide you through the relevant global issues, current state of the art solutions, and future concepts. This will be your first opportunity to interact with your fellow course mates, building your groups as well as developing your role within your group. The pre-learning materials can be completed on a part-time basis alongside your usual schedule.
From week 4 onwards, the programme will run on a full-time, in-person basis at our engineering campus in Canada Water. During your first week at TEDI-London you’ll meet your group and interact with a range of key stakeholders, industry and governmental experts, and the TEDI-London team. This week is all about problem setting in a local environment. You’ll start sculpting your problem statement and key focus area, working as part of an interdisciplinary team to understand the problem and its possible solutions from a wide range of viewpoints.
As you progress into your second week on campus, your ideas will start to become reality. Working with key design frameworks and support from our design and makerspace team at TEDI-London, you’ll start developing your own prototypes and see your designs come to life. You will also have opportunities to interact with your stakeholders and various design critics to receive feedback and progress your ideas.
In your final week at TEDI-London you will finalise your design, implementing your prototypes and solutions into the real world. Final reviews with stakeholders will allow you to polish the gold ahead of a final demonstration showcase event, where you’ll present your ideas to the wider community. This is your chance to show how your design solves a global problem in a local context!
- Alessandro Summer School student, UNSW
“Being part of TEDI-London’s summer school this year has taught me a lot about engineering design. It was really valuable for me to understand that you need a lot of information about the problem at hand, who it is for and the different resources available before even starting to develop a solution or build a prototype. “
- Danae Matthews Summer school student 2021
“I enjoyed and learned so much in the 2020 TEDI-London Summer School that I participated again the following year! Having different disciplines come together is the most powerful and productive way to solve the problems that the world is facing. It was great fun to meet so many passionate students and learn from TEDI-London’s partners.”
Previous industry partners
Our residentials run twice a year, once during the winter season and once during summer.
To participate in any of our residentials, you’ll need to be a minimum of age 18.
If you need to stay locally during the programme, please get in touch with us at firstname.lastname@example.org and we will do our best to help you arrange your stay.
Please note that the cost of accommodation is not included within the programme fee.
Definitely! Interdisciplinary teams are crucial when it comes to tackling global challenges, and teams that approach problems with each of their perspectives and skillsets in mind often develop better outcomes.