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UC Innovation Jumpstart 2021 – Enter by 13 October

Innovation Jumpstart 2021

Applications for UC Innovation Jumpstart 2021 are now open, and close on 13 October 2021 (extended deadline).

This is an opportunity to transform your innovative idea into commercial reality. Research & Innovation is offering Innovation Jumpstart funding of $100,000 (5 x $20,000 prizes) to UC academic staff who have research ideas with significant economic or social/environmental impact. 

Any UC academic staff member can apply for Innovation Jumpstart funding, and proposals can be from any research area.

  • Winners will each receive $20,000 for commercial development (5 x prizes) from $100,000; one of the five prizes is for a project that targets social and/or environmental impact
  • Open to UC academic staff only
  • Entries close 13 October 2021 (**new date – extension due to Covid disruption**)
  • Winners announced in November 2021

This year’s competition is sponsored and supported by Kiwinet, Bridgewest, WNT Ventures and AJPark.

Got an idea?

Get in touch with one of R&I’s Business Development Managers to discuss your idea!  Email commercial@canterbury.ac.nz

Workshops 

R&I are facilitating the following workshops to support the development of your application:

  • An Introduction to IP – Presented by Briar Dominick, Associate at AJ Park, Friday 17 Sept. If you missed it, the presentation is now available to watch on UC’s R&I LEARN .

  • WNT and Bridgewest will be offering one-on-one sessions with interested academics to discuss your idea, assist with proposal direction and to provide an outline of the NZ technology incubator scheme. To book in a time, contact R&I’s Business Development Managers at commercial@canterbury.ac.nz.

For more information and a link to the application portal, visit https://www.canterbury.ac.nz/research/innovation-jumpstart

GRISS: Geospatial Research Institute Seminar Series – Free Seminar

HUMANISM IN A TECHNOLOGY CENTRIC WORLD: Enabling a Digital Twin for Industry 5.0

Speaker: Keri Niven, Digital Practice Leader, Aurecon

Keri is a passionate Digital Technologist, with a strong background in Geospatial technologies, and over 20 years international experience in designing enterprise collaboration platforms. She is the New Zealand Digital Practice Leader and is focussed on identifying digital possibilities and creating opportunities to embed new technologies into our organisational way of working. Keri represents Aurecon on the ANZ Smart Cities Council and on the ANZ Digital Twin Taskforce.

Abstract
As engineers and designers, we have a responsibility to create sustainable and responsible human-centric physical and digital legacy. Our decisions, particularly regarding how we use technology to solve problems, will profoundly shape our future. 

This obligation has been recognised by the shift towards industry 5.0.  This latest revolution represents the return of human-centric activities that are enabled by technology – and a refocus of technology towards supporting the collaboration and creativity that we as humans crave. 

This is wonderful news for an organisation like Aurecon who for the last 6 years has been teaching 6000 people to think like designers. Working and thinking like designers is how we approach all our work. It’s a considered way of combining our creativity and expertise to move from existing situations to preferred ones by putting people at the centre of the solution.

When:  Friday 24th September 1 PM – 2 PM
Light Refreshments from 12.30 PM

Where: Beatrice Tinsley 111

 Registration:

  • Register at Eventbrite if you’re planning to attend in person.
    In-person Registration Link: here
  • If you prefer to join us online, then please register via zoom only. Zoom Registration Link: here

All Welcome

Geospatial Research Institute
University of Canterbury
www.geospatial.ac.nz
Email: gri-enquiries@canterbury.ac.nz

 

UC Early Career Researcher Networking Event

Research & Innovation would like UC academic staff to join us for informative talks and the chance to meet other Early Career Researchers across different departments. Morning tea provided.

Thursday, October 14, 2021
10:00am – 11:00am
Beatrice Tinsley 112

Schedule:

·         Sarah Wiki-Bennett, Kaiārahi Māori Research, R&I — Welcome

·         Cara Swit, Senior Lecturer, Health Sciences, UC Early and Emerging Academic Researcher Network (EEARN) founder — Fostering a supportive research community

·         Jonathan Tonkin, Biological Sciences & Rutherford Discovery Fellow — on Navigating Early Career Funding

·         Joanna Cobley, Researcher Development Coordinator, R&I — on Developing as a researcher at UC

Please book using the following link: https://canterbury.libcal.com/event/5399776

Bookings limited to 40 spaces, zoom option available.

Innovation Jumpstart 2021 – Enter now!

Innovation Jumpstart 2021

Transform your innovative idea into commercial reality! 

Applications for Innovation Jumpstart 2021 are now open.

Research & Innovation is offering Innovation Jumpstart funding of $100,000 (5 x $20,000 prizes) to UC academic staff who have research ideas with significant economic or social/environmental impact.

Any UC academic staff member can apply for Innovation Jumpstart funding, and proposals can be from any research area.

Projects will be awarded funding to help with the commercial pathway, along with commercialisation support and possible access to additional funding sources for continued development. Entries will be judged by a panel of local entrepreneurs and UC staff with a track record of innovation.

Winners should be ready to begin projects upon receipt of the funding and be interested in supporting the ongoing commercial development of their idea.

  • Winners will each receive $20,000 for commercial development (5 x prizes) from $100,000
  • Categories include Economic and Social/Environmental
  • Open to UC academic staff only
  • Entries close 1 October 2021
  • Winners announced in November 2021

This year’s competition is sponsored and supported by Kiwinet, Bridgewest, WNT Ventures and AJPark.

For more information, visit https://www.canterbury.ac.nz/research/innovation-jumpstart

Geospatial Research Institute Seminar: From Data to Insight

Free Geospatial Research Institute Seminar – 30th July 2021

In this time of rapid global change, we need new ways to identify, monitor and understand the impact of change on environments and human dynamics such as economy, health and sociopolitical stability.

In this seminar, Rafael Kargren – Director of Oceania and Pacifica, presents Maxar Earth Intelligence capabilities. Book your free tickets here or join in on Zoom

When: 30th July, 1-2 PM and light refreshments from 12.30PM
Location: Ernest Rutherford 263 or online via Zoom

Maxar Earth Intelligence capabilities help customers map, detect, address and predict change at unprecedented speed and scale. Fueled largely by Maxar’s own constellation of high-resolution imaging satellites and combining multi-source data and applied artificial intelligence, machine learning and rich domain knowledge is able to deliver insight as a service.

Rafael is heading Maxar in Oceania and Pacific and has long background in remote sensing and earth observation. He has been involved in implementation of national earth observation data centers and information management systems in collaboration with Geoscience Australia, CSIRO and Australian state governments for initiatives such as Open Data Cube, Copernicus Data Hub, Digital Earth Australia and New Zealand’s Centre for Space and Science. He has been involved in many international initiatives to improve humanitarian actions and disaster response for Pacific Islands.

Rafael is also a lecturer at International Space University (ISU), board member at Pacific Islands GIS and Remote Sensing Council (PGRSC), Space Ops Committee, Asia and Oceania Group on Earth Observation (GEO) and Christchurch Aerospace. He provides active mentoring, coaching and support to several space start-ups and students in Australia, New Zealand and Pacific Islands.

Rafael Kargren - Director Oceania and Pacifica
Rafael Kargren – Director Oceania and Pacifica

 

 

 

Geospatial Research Institute
University of Canterbury
geospatial.ac.nz
enquiries@canterbury.ac.nz