The aim of the Boost Innovation™ contest was to contribute to regional growth by stimulating transnational cooperation between different operators in Fiber Optic Valley's business areas - broadband and sensor technology; the collaborations that might ultimately lead to the development of new innovations.
The competition was marketed to universities all over the world to find the best solution proposals. In total, the competition reached almost one million people.
The winning entry from Senseair in collaboration with Maryna Razakhatskaya, student in Creative Technology at Middlesex University London, called mohAir, is a creative and innovative proposal which involves wearing a hairpin accessory with an integrated gas sensor that outwardly indicates environmental awareness and at the same time contributes information about our environment. "Something we believe is very timely", says Henrik Rödjegård, researcher at Senseair.
The accessory shows both how the air quality is right now by displaying the values on the mobile phone, while at the same time sending information to authorities and researchers to map and identify how emission sources look in a bigger picture.
The winner was awarded SEK 200,000 in pre-study funds. This means that Senseair will now have the opportunity to continue to work on the project.
"The student who came up with the idea will be invited to work on this project as student work, at the same time as Senseair will implement a project to make prototypes, demonstrate the technology, and inspire the market to create new products that Senseair can supply sensors to. It brings a market we could not imagine - but when you think about it, it has a huge potential", Henry Rödjegård says.
"And in the end, we’ll make the world a little bit better".