Above: Coreable, Picture by Lourdes Millare

As we get ready for our Hatchery Ideate Autumn Showcase, we’re introducing you to the teams who’ll take to the stage to pitch their startup idea to the experts.

With seven teams in the running, and a broad range of problem areas, from the cut-throat rental market to the patient wellbeing in hospitals, we asked each of the groups to explain what’s been driving them during this session, and what problems they’ve been trying to fix.

How might we empower young adults to take control of their mental well-being?

Kyra Blake (Business/FTDi), Tara Regan (FEIT/Science)

Young people in universities are at a high risk of experiencing poor mental health, as it is estimated 75% of adult mental health conditions emerge by the age of 24. Headspo’s target consumers are university students from age 19-25, as they are in a time of transition and experience higher rates of anxiety-mood disorders than that of the general population. Academic pressures, transition from high school to uni, social isolation, financial stress and living away from home are all contributors to the poor well-being of young people.

How might we empower tenants by improving the rental condition report process?

Jordan Cruice (Business/FTDi), Sandrine Foskett (Business/FTDi), Lou Mahfoud (FEIT), Ishan Rawal (FEIT), Samantha Stack (Business/FTDi)

Tenants in today’s real estate market are disadvantaged when dealing with real estate agents and landlords. ReportHero identified that tenants felt cheated out of their bond at the end of their tenancy by real estate agents. This is due to the existence of a difficult, time consuming and old fashioned process of reporting the physical state of rental property. The current condition report used does not allow for much recourse for both agents and tenants, resulting in a lengthy and costly dispute resolution process.

How might we find a more effective and sustainable way to deal with wastage caused by repetitive AV and tech installations?

Jessie Horton (DAB/FTDI), Radesh Kanuri (Business), Alex Ruch (Staff ), Robert Stevenson (DAB), Helen Zeng (Science)

Recently China has stopped taking our plastic waste. As a result, local councils, waste management and waste solutions groups have already stopped collecting certain plastics. With waste leases and policies up for renewal soon, plastic waste will be a far more prevalent issue in Australia.

Expanded Polystyrene (EPS) foam is a key problem plastic for many reasons, but could this resource be seen for its material benefits? Echo Blanks wants to explore is the potential to up-cycle EPS into quality surfboards. We seek to create a powerful narrative around saving our world, and our plastic filled oceans by creating surf products with what would otherwise become waste.

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Above: Echo Blanks, Picture by Lourdes Millare

How might we make it easier for the scientific community to access, contribute to, and publish more high-quality research?

Cameron Dowd (Science/FTDI)

The current model for publishing scientific research is outdated and holding back scientific progress. Publishing a paper is an incredibly competitive and slow process, due in part to a deeply flawed peer-review system. Publishers are making enormous profits off the backs of hard-working researchers, by hiding their research behind pay-walls. Also, the “publish or perish” mantra is forcing academics to prioritise their careers over pursuing the best research opportunities.

Cognitio’s vision is to provide an open, online platform that decentralises the current system and taps into the collective power of the academic community.

How might we help investigators be more effective in pursuing truth and justice?

Sally Foskett (FEIT)

Investigators play an important role in ensuring a safe and fair society. However, in the age of information (and misinformation) overload, it can be difficult to gather, verify and analyse evidence quickly enough to hold wrongdoers to account. By turning a critical eye to established systems and processes, Focus’ aim is to develop a solution that allows investigators to focus on finding the facts.

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Above: Focus, Picture by Picture by Lourdes Millare

How might we improve the patient journey through hospitals using solutions focused on data?

Felix Gudehn (FEIT), Peter Lagos (Business) Nicholas Renotte (FEIT), Simon Truong (FEIT), Michelle Zhang (Business/Law)

Hospitals are stressful environments and the focus on efficiency can sometimes result in patients getting shut out of the process. Hippo’s idea is to have a staff-patient connecting solution which uniquely identifies patients using a QR code generated on the go. Staff can quickly let patients know what is happening during their hospital stay.

How might we facilitate the measurement and development of soft skills amongst future and current employees?

Frederique Balard (Staff ), Peter Binns (DAB/FTDi), Nicholas Hurrell (FASS/FTDi), Seamus O’Sullivan (FEIT/Business), Jonathan Thompson (Law/Business), Rune Woldsnes (FASS)

Corporations are no longer looking for just technically brilliant engineers, lawyers or accountants. Instead they are actively recruiting employees who demonstrate strong soft skills, with the belief that they can teach employees the hard skills. Throughout our research, Coreable has found there is a huge push towards valuing these soft skills within corporations. At the moment they are difficult to measure which is why we have created a tool-kit for industry and job seekers, allowing them to quantify these soft skills.

See the teams in action at our Hatchery Ideate Autumn Showcase event, which will also feature a provocative panel discussion on the Future of Work is Now. Register here to attend!