Five Reasons Why Everyone With A Tech Idea Should Apply To The #HWALAB

The Hybrid World Adelaide LAB is a space for new projects, products and plans that use digital technology to solve real world problems. Do you have a tech idea? Here are five reasons why you should apply.

1. The mentoring workshop

Over two days, you’ll meet a range of world-class mentors who will use their insights to guide you, discuss your ideas and give you tips and tricks to help your idea succeed.

2. Refining your idea

The #HWALAB is an opportunity to review your idea closely and develop it in an encouraging, productive environment. Regardless of the stage of development your idea is in, you’ll leave with a much clearer vision of the next steps you need to take to bring it to life.

3. Networking

You’ll be surrounded by start-ups and entrepreneurs from around Australia and the world. The opportunities to network are endless, and you’ll be able to share and talk about your ideas with tech-minded people who are as interested in the digital world as you are.

4. Developing your pitch

Regardless of how promising an idea might be, the pitch and messaging around it needs to be clear and engaging for the idea to be viable from a business perspective. At the #HWALAB, you’ll be given guidance on making your pitch as succinct, informative and exciting as possible.

5. Making your vision a reality

With $85,000 in SA Government grants up for grabs, the top pitches will get a kick start in bringing their ideas to reality. Where are last year’s grant winners now? They’re using the grants to develop software that helps fight cancer, making business exhibitions more exciting through projection technology and shaking up the TV industry.

This year’s #HybridWorldADL will take place in late July in the city of Adelaide. More details on the #HWALAB and how to apply here.

Five Ways Tech Helps Animals Around the World

When it comes to animal life, technology can get a bad rap. But that’s not fair. Tech has the ability to play a key role in protecting it; and can bring worldwide attention to major environmental issues along the way. In recognition of World Wildlife Day, we’re looking at some of the ways technology is being used to help animals.

Animal education apps in Adelaide, AU

The folks at both Monarto and Adelaide Zoo in South Australia have developed a smartphone app that educates visitors about the animals they come across. “When you go past an animal or near an animal, it allows you to access some additional information,” says Jonathan Noble, General Manager of Zoo Learning at Zoos SA. “You’ll go to the giraffe, and a window will pop up on the app that will give you additional information about where that giraffe comes from, its conservation status according to the IUCN, and some of its conditions in the zoo. Some of the animals have a keeper that’s been interviewed, too, so you’ll get some insider information about the animal.”

Adelaide Zoo is the first zoo in Australia to use iBeacon technology. Their hope is that people will learn more about animals and, in turn, care about them.

Satellite alarms in London, UK

Illegal wildlife poaching is sadly still a reality. But luckily, technological solutions are catching up. The Zoological Society of London is building a multi-sensor alarm system that uses satellite technology to alert people instantly. So if an animal gets caught in a trap in a protected area, rangers will find out and respond much faster than they could in the past. The use of satellite technology means this can also be used in extremely remote locations, because no one needs to physically collect the memory cards.

Drones in Queensland, AU

Drones can gather data about hard-to-track species, such as Australia’s very own koala. Researchers at the Queensland University of Technology are using drones to conduct aerial surveys to keep an eye on vulnerable populations of the animal in different areas. The drones carry programming sensors that identify animals through visual and thermal imagery, and are designed to take into account variables like colour, shape and size.

Bioacoustic monitoring devices in Missouri, USA

A decline in bee populations has prompted scientists to monitor populations in a more thorough manner than ever before. Automated bioacoustic sensors literally track a bee’s buzz, and have the added benefit of being relatively low cost and non-invasive.

Preserving the DNA of extinct or endangered species in San Diego, USA

In an ideal world, no species would become extinct or endangered. But it is a major problem, and one that’s growing at an alarming rate. One potential solution – and a controversial one at that – is cloning. The San Diego Zoo Institute for Conservation Research has collected genetic information from endangered species in the USA, with the hope that it may save them when scientists’ ability to clone animals safely is improved. It’s been dubbed a “frozen zoo”.

We’ll be taking a closer look at the Adelaide Zoo app in another story soon. Connect with us to hear about our articles first.