Applied Science sends a huge congratulations to the Great Hatch for another successful event!
UBC technology that improves the accessibility of safe drinking water is now a thriving startup, thanks to an experienced executive taking a chance on a new venture and the multi-faceted support UBC offers entrepreneurial faculty, students, staff and alumni.
On February 8, 2017, the BC Innovation Council announced the second round of Ignite Awards funding for the commercialization of ground-breaking BC research. A total of $873,475 was awarded amongst three BC research projects in natural resources and applied sciences, bringing the total amount of BCIC Ignite funding awarded to over $1.7M since 2016.
Two of the three projects are co-developed by UBC Engineering professors:
Mangrove Water Technologies, a new UBC spin-off company, will receive up to $3 million to help commercialize a technology developed at UBC that simultaneously converts carbon dioxide and saline wastewater into value-added chemicals and reusable water. Its economic and environmental impacts could be considerable.
UBC engineering student Ryan Hirakida won a STEM Spotlight Award, the Vancouver Sun reported.
Hirakida took the top spot in the transportation category by envisioning a region-wide intelligent transportation system that would allow users to integrate ticketing and route selection on BC Ferries with private and public transport.
UBC engineering researchers and students will use sensors built into a test home to compare energy use between new technology and standard residential building codes, Castanet reported.
The projects aims to equip home owners with energy efficiency information.
Alexander Harmsen (BASc '15 Engineering Physics) and co-founder James Howard (BASc ’15 Mechanical Engineering) launched their start up, Iris Automation, in October 2015. The company specializes in autonomous drone software and collision avoidance systems that have the potential to create immeasurable applications for creating safer skies in Canada and around the world.