As we are now well into the first quarter of 2014, I thought I would take a few moments to recap some of the highlights and success stories of 2013 at qutbluebox.
The year was off to a flying start as researchers Dr Anthony Shield and David Opar developing a portable, lightweight and easy to use device to measure and identify imbalances in hamstring strength. The device was trialed at a large number of AFL, Rugby Union and AFL teams across the country and is currently seeking licenses.
In April, bluebox signed a licence deal with Eduss Asia Pacific to commercialise the immersive interaction system technology. The technology developed by QUT Researchers and led by Dr Peta Wyeth, is a fully portable 2 x 3 m interactive floor-based game that targets physical, social and educational experiences for 3-8 year old children. The technology has also been designed to cater for children with special needs and is currently being used in a number of facilities around the state.
Also in April, The Women’s Wellness Program, developed by QUT researcher Professor Debra Anderson launched the new online delivery system. The evidence-based program provides women with tools to manage their own health and well-being through a supportive 12-week lifestyle program, aiming to decrease menopausal symptoms and reduce chronic disease risk factors.
qutbluebox’s Ideas Competition held in May was a resounding success with a series of high quality pitches in the hotly contested finals. Individuals and teams from across the breadth of QUT’s research interests provided a snapshot of their innovations throughout the afternoon. Congratulations to everyone who entered and the prize winners; Prof Graham Kerr, Dr Eloise Dray, Mr Sam James, Mr Josh Smith, Mr David Opar and Mr Simon Smith.
In September, qutbluebox signed a licence deal with Blucore, an Australian based start-up company founded by QUT student and National level swimmer Mr Sam James, to commercialise a swim training device.The unique technology aims to improve swimmers’ core strength and body position in the water by providing tactile feedback as they swim. Sam has since sold the device to a large number of swimmers both domestically and internationally.
In late October, qutbluebox took 30 enthusiastic students and early career researchers to Novotel Twin Waters on the Sunshine coast for an intensive two day Commercialisation workshop. A series of interactive lectures from bluebox staff, QUT researchers and industry experts equipped the engaged cohort with new skills and knowledge to assist them in transferring their innovations to the real world.
In November, qutbluebox held a series of innovation and knowledge transfer seminars at Kelvin Grove and Gardens Point campuses. The seminars targeted at University staff and researchers provided a brief introduction to innovation and knowledge transfer in addition to presentations from QUT researchers outlining their take and experiences on commercial engagement.
Looking forward to working with some exciting innovations from QUT in 2014, and check back in here for more blogs soon!