Sunday , May 16 2021

EChallenge Prize for vitaChar



A company that develops a "negative" carbon waste management solution at this year's Australian eChallenge has taken the pool, taking four prizes, including the People's Choice Award.

VitaChar won the first prize in total, as well as top honors in tertiary and climatic response streams, receiving $ 21,000 in cash and an additional $ 10,000 in prizes.

VitaChar is made up of members of the team Levis Dunnigan who recently completed his PhD in chemical engineering at the University of Adelaide and Ben Morton, who is currently finishing his doctoral dissertation in the field of chemical engineering.

VitaChar proposes the development of a device that converts organic waste into organic fertilizer, reducing organic matter during waste.

It is expected that the process will be carbon-negative because it would reduce carbon dioxide in the atmosphere. Other winners of eChallenge included Easi Drench in the Vool Innovation category, which deals with parasite control in sheep simple and precise, and PDTEch in the Medical Innovation category, which is developing an application for the detection and transmission of data on symptoms of Parkinson's disease.

EChallenge was launched in 2001 by the Center for Entrepreneurship, Commercialization and Innovation of the University of Adelaide (ECIC). Director of ECIC prof. Noel Lindsai said the program has helped mentor and develop new ideas.

"Australian eChallenge helps students build entrepreneurial abilities, develop new ways of thinking about problems and solutions and increase their ability to creatively think and act decisively," he said.

This year, 153 teams and 720 participants took part.

The winners in each round were:

Tertiary Flow:

VitaChar. Levis Dunnigan and Ben Morton.

Alternative use for both household and commercial green waste that is carbon negative.

Wool Innovations:

Easi Drench. Katrina Durham, Janine Chang Fung Martel and Dilan Bellchambers.

The technique for controlling parasites in sheep is simpler and more precise.

Climate response:

VitaChar. Levis Dunnigan and Ben Morton.

Alternative use for both household and commercial green waste that is carbon negative.

Medical innovation:

PDTech. Anas Al-Shamleh, Mark Gardner, Sam Koopovitz, Vicki Thomson and Vanki Jadi Wang.

An application that detects, investigates and safely communicates data on symptoms of Parkinson's disease

Microsoft Award – Schools:

Pre-Pruck. Charlotte Creek, Orla Claiton, Renee Lavrence and Charlotte Sellars, St Peter's Girls' School.

An application that provides people with recipes that use their remaining ingredients from their fridge.

Container. Henri Ioung, Doha Khan and Lian Takaiidza, International Glenunga High School.

An application that helps consumers make sustainable choices in relation to disposable containers.

Microsoft Award – Public:

PDTech. Anas Al-Shamleh, Mark Gardner, Sam Koopovitz, Vicki Thomson and Vanki Jadi Wang.

An application that detects, investigates and safely communicates data on symptoms of Parkinson's disease.

Vroom Consulting Award:

Fresco. Nehal Jain, Parika Verma and Zoha Kazmi

An app that helps enthusiasts in food explores and shares new places for food.

Award for enabled solutions:

linearlocksets. Thuan Nguien

Innovative door furniture that functions intuitively and gives people with disabilities easier access to their homes.

Digital Prize Spruik:

Band at hand. Ned Carthi, Ben Smith and Zac Turnbull.

An application that helps people get out and hire up-and-coming musicians and singers for their events.

Schools:

Total winners:

PartiSafe. Samuel Subramaniam, Cooper De Zilva, Zac Horbelt, Georgia Butcher and James Borg, Scotch College.

Application for the administration of parental consent for juveniles attending private parties.

ECIC prize for encouragement

Everprotect. Trishna Menon, Grace Parletta, Suzie Shimamoto, Aatman Sabharval and Aiush Lohana, Saint Ignatius

College.

An antibacterial barrier cream that is more desirable for gloves that cause skin damage.

Prize for personal and son award

Muso. Tailor Bannon, Joshua Pearson and Kile Hetherington, Glenunga International High School.

An app and website that connects artists, stores and sellers to develop into the music industry.

Regional award

Envirodrone. Ashlei Leckie-Hefford, Sohan Singh, Damon Kassebaum, Haidar Kambari and Corei Valente, High School Renmark.

A dron that raises garbage and reduces the cost of cleaning open spaces.

People's Choice Award:

VitaChar


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