Bringing ideas to life at the 2016 TechLauncher Showcase

Wednesday 26 October 2016

From an online game that helps students learn indigenous languages, to a start-up using technology to assist people grow fruit and vegetables, 38 innovative technologies developed by ANU students were on display at the ANU TechLauncher Showcase onTuesday, 25 October.  

TechLauncher is an ANU initiative and a collaborative effort with the ACT Government, Digital Careers, and the Canberra Innovation Network which enables students to develop the research and professional skills required to use technology to bring great ideas to life, and have a positive impact on society.  

As part of the TechLauncher program, small teams of four to six students work on a broad range of project types, ranging from traditional client projects to start-up projects based on a student generated idea. 

The course forms part of a suite of innovative, cross-disciplinary courses introduced at the College of Engineering and Computer Science, including the Masters of Innovation and Professional Practice, and Applied Data Analytics.

“The program is unique in that it is multi-disciplinary, unconstrained in terms of project and approach, allows students to work on their own start-up ideas, and is deeply integrated with local business and the start-up eco-system” says Dr Shayne Flint, Course Convenor of the TechLauncher program.   

One project on display was PairFit, an app connecting people based on their fitness level, helping helps users commit to fitness goals. Software engineering student Andrew has been working in a team of three other computer science students to develop the app.

“We looked at a range of social networking and fitness aps, and took inspiration form the best bits of all of them. PairFit is based on a reliability and commitment points system. You create a profile which includes details such as your fitness level, gym memberships, sports played, and you can then look through profiles to find a partner that matches you.

The Showcase will provide us with an opportunity to demonstrate the app to potential users and encourage growth of the user base, as well as seek potential partnerships and investor opportunities.”

More information about TechLauncher and the student projects can be found here

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