Eternal War on Mozzies

Filed under Education, News, UoN ~ by Press on  8 Sep 2019
$50,000 funding awarded to promising projects biting the problem of mosquitoes.

From eucalyptus oil diffusers, to aromatic plants seeds dispensed through a gumball machine, and a Mozzie Map to quantify human/mosquito interactions, the innovative ideas proposed in the University of Newcastle’s Grand Challenge offer promising solutions to manage the global problem of mosquitoes. 

Daniel Robson (left) and Bahl Dhital from the winning project team, Borne

Nine projects each received $5,000 funding for their ideas, with six shortlisted projects going through to the final pitch competition to compete for more funding. The nine projects receiving funding were:

Eucalyptus
May Contain Seeds
Borne
Sustainable Mosquito Control
Buzz Kill
Mozzie Mapp
Wing Beatz
Intelligent Mosquito Repellent Network
Livestock Barrier

Impressing both the judging panel and the crowd, Borne – a project focused on design-conscious clothing that’s insecticide treated – won both the Judge’s Choice Award and the People’s Choice Award. 

With the team’s innovative social enterprise funding model, proceeds from the purchase of insecticide-treated apparel will go towards campaigns to tackle mosquito borne diseases across the world.

The team comprising of medical students, Bal Dhital and Timothy Keys, graphic designer, Daniel Robson, and mechatronic engineer, Patrick Pell, were awarded an additional $5,000 in funding, bringing their total prize to $10,000.



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