We’ve chosen our finalists for C-Prize 2017 – read on to meet those taking on NZ’s wearable technology challenge!
Entries for this year’s C-Prize closed at midnight on Sunday 2nd July. Since then, we’ve been working through the 92 fantastic ideas that were submitted by teams from across the country. Half of all entries were submitted to the Live Healthier category, 30 came under Work Safer and 16 under Play Smarter. And we’re delighted to now announce that our judges have named their Top 10!
Over the days and weeks to come, we’ll be showcasing each of the finalists in more detail, but here is a snapshot of those who’ve made it through.
Our Live Healthier finalists:
- Team Hauraki hopes to improve communication for people with language impairment
- Rehabilitation Innovation Team wants to help stroke sufferers rewire their brains to advance recovery
- Team Rippl wants to change the way deaf people interact with their environment
- Uri-Go hopes to give control back to millions of people suffering bladder issues
- Team Bobux is planning to empower parents through knowledge of their children’s health and shoe size
- Quoralis wants to provide people with foresight about their fall risk, thereby reducing potential injury
- Team Migo is aiming to equip young adults with a system to better manage anxiety and depression.
Our Work Safer finalists:
- Photonic Innovations has proposed a methane detection wearable that aims to reduce risk around gas explosions
- Team Sculpt wants to improve situational awareness in remote environments.
Our Play Smarter finalist:
- Team Urusense aims to provide users with immediate feedback and training tips during exercise.
Each of these finalists will now receive $10,000 cash, plus support services from Callaghan Innovation, to bring their ideas up to a proof-of-concept stage. They’ll undergo IP training, receive mentorship from those already working in the NZ wearables industry, and take part in two intensive bootcamps, all between now and the announcement of grand prize winner on 1 December 2017.
But the C-Prize story doesn’t end at the awards night. Callaghan Innovation Chief Technology Officer Chis Hartshorn said “While the winners will be given a truly once-in-a-lifetime opportunity, we certainly won’t abandon those teams that don’t make it to the finals! There are other avenues where they can take their ideas forward, and we will be looking to connect a number of other entrants to those.” For more details on those other ways that we can support your business, read this post from our Start-up Manager, Elena Higgison.
To finish up, all of us here at C-Prize HQ would like to extend a big thank you to those who took the time to enter, and who have put their trust in Callaghan Innovation to help usher their ideas to reality. We’re excited about the coming months, and we hope you are too.