May 17th saw the Knowledge Commercialisation Australia (KCA) Demo Day at Google Sydney. A total of eight start ups got together to pitch their ideas to a crowd of investors, researchers, and members of the general public. Miriad Technologies, nominated to present by James Alexander from the Incubate program, pitched on the development of mid-infrared spectrometers for applications in sensor technologies.
On top of visiting the incredible facilities that Google Sydney offers, we had some great mentoring from the greatest minds on start ups and growing businesses. Big thanks to those who came along and wishing the best for the other starts-ups that did so well this night!
Below: Tomonori Hu pitching the future of mid-IR technologies to "see the invisible".
Check out the other great Aussie-based tech start ups below!
Hypetap - a platform which connects agencies, brands and influencers to work on marketing campaigns together
Chatterbox - a new education technology startup developing a specialised online learning platform for students and teachers of debating and public speaking.
Storekat - an aggregation service for Self Storage providers that functions as a peer to peer platform, with a purpose to expand their online presence in the marketplace.
Vald Performance - a sports technology startup formed out of Queensland University of Technology (QUT) to commercialise an innovative hamstring testing system.
Me3D - creating the worlds best 3D printing educational package.
Certified Renewable - certifying businesses that use 100% renewable energy.
Anonalytix - Data Privacy and Security specialists whose goal is to improve the protection of everyone's personal and sensitive data worldwide.
Congratulations to all our new friends!
A nice gem on why we need a mid-IR camera as opposed to a generic infrared camera. We often say in the research community that "mid-IR is in the fingerprint region", "there is a mid-IR transparency window in the atmosphere", "mid-IR..."...etc. In particular the lower end of the mid-infrared, 1-5 microns, has some interesting applications beginning with methane sensing.
Another important application - seeing through flames when doing thermography. Andy Whitcher highlights in this video that a portion of the mid-IR can penetrate through flames, giving clear information through, for instance, a furnace.