Meet our Team!
We're a friendly bunch from all over the world; meet the Seedlink team!
-Arjun Vijeta (India): Arjun is currently studying towards his PhD in Chemistry.
-J. Luiz de Andrade (Brazil): Luiz is currently finishing his MBA. He has worked within agribusiness for 6 years.
-Muhammad Altalib (South Africa): Having grown up in Malawi and South Africa, Muhammad has worked on several sustainable farming projects. He is finishing his bachelor’s in business management.
-Mutum Yaikhomba (India): Mutum is a current Gates Scholar studying towards his PhD in Biochemistry.
-Saemi Matsumoto (Japan): Saemi is finishing her MBA with plans to work for the UN.
We come 1st place in the Cambridge Food Security Challenge!
1 Winner: Seedlink!
Making use of each other's skills
Something we realised early on was harnessing the skills each of us on the team had. We all had such a diverse range of skills and knowledge and it was important for us to make use of them. It was also important to split up tasks and assign roles to everyone. Creating a map of what we needed to achieve and then breaking that down into specific tasks really helped. We all voted on how to split it up and our productivity went through the roof!
Take a Break
So we're stuck. We just spent two full days, 12 hours of working straight and we're at a roadblock. Our team was divided between two big ideas and we didn't know what to do. Neither seemed too compelling, we knew there was something there but it was too broad. There was only one thing left to do...
TO THE PUB!
That feeling when you feel all your hard work, frustration, and arguments are finally paying off. We've narrowed down our scope, then narrowed down again, and have finally come up with what seems like a credible solution to a big problem. From Africa, to West Africa. From all crops to cocoa. From compliance to harmful residue to pesticides. From electronic devices to a simple paper swab.
Sometimes it's better to take your grand vision and scale it down to something so simple you can actually accomplish it.