Candidates shortlisted for the McEwen Family Applied Science Quality of Life Prize

The inventions shortlisted as candidates for the McEwen Family Applied Science Quality of Life Prize were announced today. Engineering teams contending for the $25,000 final prize put forward the following innovations:

  • A non-contact pollination device, designed to protect global food security by reducing reliance on rapidly declining bee colonies;
  • A medical dressing and securement device for central venous catheters designed to reduce infection – while decreasing nursing time and hospital costs;
  • A universally-attachable system to provide tactile feedback to the visually impaired to help navigate with strollers, walkers, and other mobility devices;
  • A stand-alone web-server capable of connecting with neighbouring nodes that provides valuable educational, biomedical, social, and economic resources in developing communities without internet connectivity;
  • A respiratory rate monitor that can be used in low-resource settings and developing countries that will improve care of the most acutely ill patients; and
  • A modular adaptation to existing four-wheel walkers that mitigates falls and increases the independence of individuals living with Parkinson’s Disease.

These six finalists will be showcased at the McEwen Family Applied Science Quality of Life Event on Thursday, April 28, 2016, 5:00pm-7:30pm at the Wayne and William White Engineering Design Centre, Vancouver, BC.

Please join us to learn about the next generation of quality of life-improving innovations and to find out the final prize winner.

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