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Impact Innovation Group Newsletter July 2021

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July 2021 Newsletter. 

Innovation news, research, opportunities, and insights from Impact Innovation Group.

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US startup Kernel is commercialising mind-reading helmets that claim to work just as well as the massive, million-dollar machines you’ll find at medical clinics and research centers, but at a fraction of the cost and size. They’ve been called a ‘fitbit for your brain’. Read More

New South Wales has unveiled a massive $490 million package of new incentives, tax cuts and spending on fast-charging infrastructure for electric vehicles. Here’s a list of the cars that benefit the most. Read More

A Taiwanese team has created the world’s first hospital ward built out of recycled materials. The walls are made from 90% recycled aluminum, the insulation from recycled polyester, and cupboard handles and clothes hooks from recycled medical waste. Read More

Innovation Management is gaining widespread recognition as a professional field of expertise. According to the International Forum on Innovation Management and Intellectual Property held in Beijing, innovation has become a key indicator of success and a precursor required for any significant business growth. Read More

Dr. Marie Aubin-Tam at Delft University has created an innovative 3-D-printed photosynthetic material using algae. It could one day be used to build living garments, self-powered kitchen appliances or even window coverings that sequester carbon. Read More


Ian Whitworth UndisruptableUndisruptable
By Ian Whitworth

Ian Whitworth built national companies from nothing. Coronavirus hammered some of them flat. Yet he’s fine with that. Because when the chaos is swirling, Ian sees opportunity.

How can you ensure your business is resilient and agile enough to weather the storm? And how can you maintain the innovative culture you had as a start-up, when your business matures? We spoke to Ian Whitworth this week and asked him to share some of his insights. Read More



“Creativity and innovation are about finding unexpected solutions to obvious problems, or finding obvious solutions to unexpected problems. We should use our creativity to provide better businesses and solutions rather than constantly trying to disrupt what people are doing.”

            Rei Inamoto


ARN Innovation Awards (Sydney, 16 Sept, nominations close 23 July)  The ARN Innovation Awards will celebrate ecosystem innovation and excellence across the technology sector in Australia. Nominate online.

Reduce the use of Antibiotics Longitude Prize (online, closes 30 Sept). The Longitude Prize requires a cheap, accurate, rapid and easy-to-use point of care test kit for bacterial infections. Teams must include a member from the UK.  Prize value up to £8 million in funding.

evokeAG. 2022
(23 Feb 2022 in Perth, 15 March 2022 in Sydney). Industry experts, farmers, decision makers, agritech leaders, food innovators, investors and startups will all be taking to the evokeAG. stage again in 2022 to explore what’s next in farming and the food supply-chain.

Venture Summit Virtual Connect Global (online, July 6-8). Connecting the most innovative, promising, venture-backed, emerging growth and early stage companies with active investors, investment bankers, advisors and corporate professionals.

Corporate Venturing: Accelerating innovation and growth (Brisbane, 16 July). UQ Ventures, in partnership with Impact Innovation, will provide a practical guide to mitigating the risks that arise with acquiring and investing in start-ups or new technologies, and introduce the critical skills required to accurately assess and select the most rewarding opportunities for your organisation.

Innovation Champions for the Public Sector (Brisbane, 6 August). UQ Ventures, in partnership with Impact Innovation, will show you how to overcome the barriers to innovation within the public sector. Through case studies, expert presentations and facilitated workshop activities, you will learn how to reduce the risk associated with innovation and enable your department to deliver better outcomes at lower costs


Innovative Luminous Path Singapore

In Singapore, pedestrian safety is being improved through the use of glow-in-the-dark paths.  These areas are created using a mixture of materials including gravel, grass, concrete and non-toxic UV absorbing minerals.

The result is a footpath that absorbs light during the daytime and uses the UV rays to emit a safe glow at night. Simple safety for the masses – something everyone can appreciate. Read More


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