Liquid Instruments success at Tech23


SYDNEY: Australian technology innovators were awarded an exciting collection of prizes at the Tech23 Awards Ceremony in Sydney last night.

The jam-packed day finished with the ‘Kicking out of our backyard’ panel featuring Assistant Minister for Innovation Wyatt Roy, Westpac and Cochlear Board member Alison Deans; Capital Markets CRC Chairman Michael Aitken and CSIRO’s CEO, Larry Marshall.

Packed to capacity, over 400 delegates drank in the incredible variety of technologies and innovations that were on show. Liquid Instruments founder Daniel Shaddock impressed the audience with his engaging presentation taking away the Tech23 2015 People’s Choice Award. The ANU-backed company also won the $7.5k Data61 Digital Disruption Award.

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Discovery Translation Fund 2.0 Launched

Researchers from The Australian National University (ANU) and the University of Canberra now have access to additional funding to assist them in turning their discoveries into real-world applications.

The jointly funded Discovery Translation Fund (DTF 2.0), managed by ANU Connect Ventures, offers researchers whose work shows great potential for commercialisation, access of up to $50,000 in support funding, as well as the skills, networks and experienced support needed to translate exploration based research into economic and social impact.

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Entry29 hosts another sold out Hackathon: HACT2014!

ENTRY 29’s annual Hackathon ACT, held over 29th and 30th November, saw 18 teams compete for prizes. HACT2014 took part in the ‘#TRIHACK’ weekend of hackathons; we coordinated simultaneous hackathons in Wollongong, Canberra, and Bega as part of unlocking innovation in the regions.

The winning teams:
Biggest Impact Idea ($1000 from Canberra Innovation Network)
‘Elocution Lab’ – Greg Cassagne, Sara Hamouda, Richa Awasthy

Outstanding Young Entrepreneur ($1,500 from Canberra Innovation Network)
‘Bottled’ – James Treloar, Joshua Whitcombe, Samuel Moore
‘AntiGreyMatter’ – James Lamberth, Tim Greenough
‘Tap Plus’ – Ben Maliel, Chris Seidl

Best Community/Open Source Product ($1,000 from October CMS)
‘ACTcident’ – Anand Siththaranjan, James Lamberth

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Launch of the CBR Innovation Network: Friday 7 November 2014

The Canberra Innovation Network will be launching next month, with the ACT Chief Minister Katy Gallagher MLA, opening this exciting event. The launch also provides an opportunity to network with the start-up community housed in our facilities, as well as a broad range of participants in the ACT innovation community. The Network is an initiative of the ACT Government in collaboration with the ACT innovation community, with the mission to connect businesses and entrepreneurs to what they need to accelerate their innovation, growth and diversification of the ACT economy.

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DTF recipient awarded $1.3 million in two separate National Health and Medical Research Council (NHMRC) grants

DTF recipient, Associate Professor David Tscharke from the Research School of Biology awarded $1.3 million in two separate National Health and Medical Research Council (NHMRC) grants for his work into viruses such as influenza and herpes. Associate Professor Tscharke’s DTF project has funded a project on development of vaccines.

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DTF recipient, Dr Steve Lee has won the prestigious ANSTO Eureka Prize for Innovative Uses of Technology.

Dr Lee developed a simple and cheap way of making a high-powered lens that can transform a smart phone into a high-resolution microscope. The concept behind the ‘DIY Droplet Lens’ is very simple. The lenses are formed using droplets of the polymer used to make soft contact lenses, then baked upside down in an oven, using gravity to pull them into shape. The resulting baked droplet lens (the size of a lentil) is then placed over the camera lens of a smartphone, along with a light source, enabling 160x magnification. The tiny microscope has a wide range of potential uses, particularly if coupled with the right smartphone apps. Dr Lee’s DTF project has funded the prototyping and manufacturing stage of development.

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ANU Connect Ventures congratulates GRIFFIN start-up, Enabled Employment on being selected for Tech 23, Innovation Island.

Enabled Employment, a unique employment service changing the way people with disability find work. The company matches skilled candidates with telework employment opportunities through an online portal. All jobs advertised are completely virtual, removing many of the physical barriers people with disability face in employment. Employers are not required to make adjustments, or even have an office or desk available. Enabled Employment manages payroll tax, insurances, superannuation and contracts. The company recruits candidates from entry level to senior executive roles, including accountants, lawyers, graphic designers, software developers, virtual assistants and any other job that can be undertaken remotely.


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Innovation ACT launches Wednesday 13 August 2014

InnovationACT is excited to announce the launch of the 2014 program! This year, the program is undergoing some exciting changes, aimed at:

– Increasing the learning and toolkits provided to participants;
– Increasing the diversity supported ventures by catering to high-growth startups, social ventures and microbusinesses;
– Increasing the number of prizes and providing ongoing support

See the webpage to register and more information:

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Discovery Translation Fund Project Recipient nominated as finalist for 2014 Eureka Prize for Science.

Congratulations to Dr Steve Lee, whose DTF project is called Towards an Ultra Lightweight SmartPhone Compatible Microscope. Dr Lee  has been nominated in the “Innovative Use of Technology category”, alongside collaborator Dr Tri Phan from the Garvan Institute of Medical Research, for inventing a droplet lens that can convert a smart phone into a microscope.  Costing less than a cent, the lenses are made by using the natural shape of liquid droplets. The invention promises a revolution in science and medicine in developing countries and remote areas, where they could be used for remote medical diagnosis.

Read more about the droplet lens here.

View a video about the lens here.

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GRIFFIN Accelerator announces participants for 2014

Five Canberra based businesses have been accepted into the inaugural 2014 GRIFFIN Accelerator program. Launched by the Chief Minister Katy Gallagher in March over 40 teams applied from Canberra, Australia and overseas. Focussing on ‘Servicing Government’ the accelerator program has received applicants with solutions in the Government Software, Government Services, Education and Health space.

Nick McNaughton, spokesperson for the accelerator said “We are delighted with the interest in GRIFFIN. It has been a very difficult task for the organisers and mentors to select the participants for this program. We were impressed by the diversity of ideas and innovations submitted for consideration”.

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