Meet the team from CREATE – The UNSW Club for Making Things.
These guys are the most entrepreneurial group of students I have met in my years of working with or attending Universities. As a group they are only about 18 months old but are growing rapidly.
Typically University students learn a particular skill set focused on their major, however the products of our new world are increasingly merging where new classes of devices require sophisticated combinations of Electrical, Electronics, Mechanical Engineering and Industrial Design and then fabrication. Its a team game, no one discipline can hope to master all of the skills needed.
This is what I love about Maker Faire, meet Alex McClung, creator of the autonomous Alexbot. A year 11 student Alex has built himself a self directing Autonomous robot and taught it to navigate through buildings, creating a point cloud from its surrounding.
Alex is the type of guy I want to meet, especially when I am looking for new hardware startup talent. When you are building things that haven’t been built before, then you want guys who have built stuff that hasn’t been built before and done it in their own time, on their own initiative.
I imagine looking at his project he is likely to be one of [...]
Full disclosure: I have had the pleasure of working with the maker Fernando Vega for a year, after seeing the first Weaver prototypes at Incubate.org.au I recruited him to help me with our hardware project.
This past weekend I took my sons to the Maker Faire in Sydney to play with robots. In particular the Weaver Robot. For the life of me I don’t know why its taken me so long to write this story but I have been working with Fernando for a year now on a hardware project and given he is so quietly spoken and not at all self promoting, he doesn’t talk much about the 10 or so amazing Weaver Robots he has [...]
Startup Name SwarmFarm Robotics What problem are you solving? The United Nations states that we need to double agricultural output to feed the burgeoning world population by the year 2040.Yet it is widely known that the world has almost reached “Peak Farmland” – there is very little land left undeveloped to bring into production.Future increases in food production will come from increasing yields from existing farmland.We are introducing robotic technology into agriculture that has the potential to increase yields, improve efficiency and produce food in a more environmentally [...]