Congratulations to our winners and finalists (runner-ups) for the 1k£ competition! Read on for a brief outline of the best ideas. The detailed summaries can be found here: CUE 1K Public Summaries.
In no particular order…
Technology & Life Sciences Winners
Camses (Giorgio Divitini & Caterina Ducati)
We developed a catalyst based on TiO2, a standard industrial material, that can exploit both natural and artificial light for degrading pollutants in air while also killing pathogens
Sensor Hut (Tanya Hutter & Marc Stettler)
SensorHut Ltd is an early-stage start-up aiming to develop innovative sensor technologies for the measurement of VOCs.
Elves (Daniel Zheng, Ziyi Yu, Hongyu Zhang, Martin Banjo, Doris Zhang)
ELVES is a two-stage procedure, during which two embolic materials are injected into selected vessels to block the blood flow feeding the liver cancer tumour.
Radial Genomics (Alasdair Thong, Hind Kraytem, Grecia Gonzalez, Nikolaus Wenzl, Tim Xu)
Our product is an integrated image collection and analysis software used with fluorescence in situ hybridization (FISH) gene visualisation that aims to offer diagnostic, prognostic and predictive capabilities in the treatment of cancer through a novel, quantitative method of assessing changes in a patient’s genetic material in response to cancer.
Social Enterprise Winners
Hands On (Benedikt von Thuengen, Erela Dana, Cassi Henderson)
HandsOn is a social enterprise aiming to facilitate the delivery of low-cost, fully-functional 3D-printed prosthetic hands to amputees in developing countries.
Sim Prints (Alexandra Grigore , Andrew Quan, Daniel Storisteanu, Elizabeth Dzeng, Toby Norman)
Building on the wide use of mobile phones in these regions and the uniqueness of a fingerprint, SimPrints is developing mobile phone software and a hand-held scanner that frees biometric identification from computers, helping link patients to their medical records anytime, anywhere.
DNA Digest (Jelena Aleksic, Fiona Nielsen)
DNAdigest was founded as a charity for promoting and enabling better and easier sharing of genomics data for research. Our first prototype technology platform is based on a patented mechanism for secure querying of sensitive data.
Network Translating (David Greatrex & Anna Bluj)
Network Translating is an attractive communicative online platform that automates quotes, data handling and links UK businesses with a network of specialised technical translators throughout Europe.
Serve (Sebastian Salek & Alex Horkan)
Serve is an integrated software and hardware portal to pre order and collection services at sports venues.
CryptoRaptor (Raphael Scheps & Gideon Farrell)
CryptoRaptor uses advanced algorithmic techniques to identify potential investment opportunities in new financial markets developped in the past few years.
Technology & Life Sciences Runner-ups
Orphidia (Aron Rachamim, Luis Garcia-Gancedo, Krisztina Kovacs-Schreiner, David Gordon, Ron Oren)
Point-of-care diagnostics. Tomorrow, instead of going to the hospital to take a test, you will be able to test yourself more accurately than any hospital or lab can today and know without waiting, without delay, without uncertainty both if you need treatment and what treatment is personally the best for you.
Hydrogen Sponge (Enass Abo-Hamed, Jonathon Blackburn, Shin Nikkuni, Pu Zhao, Selina Wang, Luke Sperrin)
We have developed a novel “sponge-like” material that catalytically produces and stores hydrogen gas at room temperature, and on heating releases the hydrogen in a safe and on-demand manner. The material is recyclable numerous times; furthermore, the gas release temperature can be modulated, giving the flexibility needed to suit various applications in different industries.
Social Enterprise Runner-ups
Nusa Terang (Jason Hardjosoekatmo, Eumir Bethbeder)
Nusa Terang will deliver cooperative-owned and operated, renewable energy solutions to rural villages while putting electricity to productive use with.
Silver Oak (Andrew Bertolina)
SilverOak is a crowdfunding lending platform that allows individuals to lend capital to small to medium size enterprises in the emerging markets at a market-based rate of return.
TravelFit (Stephen Upton)
I believe there is an opportunity via a mobile app, to match up 3-4star hotels with high business traveller populations, together with local gyms, who would be able to supplement and avoid abuse of their desired contract-period business model, through selling single use visits through the app.
SEQure (Agnieszka Wabik, Claudia-Gabriela Mitrofan, Jelena Aleksic, Martyna Popis, Rodrigo Santos)
SEQure aims to create a database of currently diagnosable genetic rare diseases and an analysis pipeline for analysing sequencing data directly, allowing fast patient diagnosis from a blood sample only.