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26 August 2016

Velocity $100k Challenge finalists announced


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Velocity $100k Challenge finalists announced

Close up of innovator spark light bulb idea giving energy to entrepreneur by Alex Iby, Unsplash for Velocity

Innovative ventures based on big data, robots, medical research, social issues and environmental issues have been named as finalists in the 2016 Velocity $100k Challenge, the University of Auckland’s entrepreneurship program.

After a record number of students, staff and alumni from throughout the university entering the Velocity $100k challenge in 2016, all finalists now go into the Launch Pad program involving intensive training, mentoring and weekly workshops.

The Velocity $100k Challenge finalists are

University Research

GazeAuth: This technology provides a secure, fast and efficient way of authentication by completely eradicating the threat of a user’s PIN being stolen by shoulder-surfing or smudge attacks.

Mobile Pasture Meter: A mobile app that allows dairy farmers to measure the grass mass of their pastures.

Weaver: A novel 3D printer that integrates computational design with advanced long-fibre composites. Through its innovative print process, Weaver will enable direct manufacture of products with unparalleled performance to cost.

Handheld Molecular Diagnostics: A novel platform technology for rapid identification and diagnostics of infectious and non-communicable diseases, where a characteristic DNA signature is present. It can also be used for highly sensitive detection of steroid hormones. A rapid, portable, sensitive and cost effective solution for molecular diagnostics.

Robot services for winegrowers: Using small mobile robots and existing technology to provide bird scaring, yield estimation and weeding services for the wine industry.

Social Entrepreneurship

Feel Good Period: A social enterprise that aims to discreetly provide comfort and security to New Zealand women wherever they are – whether at home, or even without a home.

Hexacycle: Seeks to use an insect to divert organic waste from landfill and turn it into animal feed to help feed a hungry world in a sustainable fashion.

LYFE: Operates as a bridge between high school students and businesses through the facilitation of work-shadowing opportunities to give students more exposure to the workforce.

Just Roboser: your ‘AI lawyer on the go’, ready to answer consumer rights questions, and it is free.

New Ventures

Cryostrap: An innovative means of assisting with RICE recovery for recent joint strains and sprains anywhere, anytime.

Cat-trax: An end-to-end cloud-based application to fully digitise all aspects of cataract surgery. It will create significant improvements in efficiency, safety and visual outcomes for cataract surgery in New Zealand.

Ology: Using advanced learning techniques, built around learning best practices, Ology delivers a customised study experience for any student, any subject, anywhere, any time. Study smarter, not harder, with Ology.

School Insider: A comprehensive online database facilitating the study abroad application process for international students around the globe.

Divvy: A peer-to-peer equipment-sharing platform. Divvy enables people to list their available outdoor equipment and earn extra income in the form of rent from adventurers.

QuickSense: Research and big data for learning can uncover interesting insights for teachers and students. Using spaced repetition quizzing and teacher dashboards to uncover concept weaknesses, QuickSense aims to create a solution that increases student performance across New Zealand and ultimately around the world.

Note2A+: This app combines a platform with unique customisation features which serve to assist students as they strive for those A+ results. Its vision is to create a path to the ultimate learning experience for all students.

Strutagio: Enables men to conveniently access fashionable tailored formal shoes from the comfort of their own home.

The Velocity winners for 2016 will be announced at the grand prize giving on Wednesday 19 October.

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