Roser Award announces 9th edition winners
The groups Relieve to Live, Jardim Vivo and Huná – Guaraná Project stood out for presenting innovative solutions related to academic research
Think that today is a busy day and you left without watering the garden. But, using a cell phone, he manages to set the exact time to irrigate the plants. Or, who knows how to use clothes made from biomaterial from guaraná residues? These and other solutions were presented in the 9th edition of the Padre Francisco Xavier Roser SJ Award for Innovation Entrepreneurship. The online multidisciplinary marathon had its final evaluation panel held last Saturday, 28. The groups Relieve to Live, Jardim Vivo and Huná – Projeto Guaraná were the ones who presented the best solutions, being confirmed as the winners of the 2020 edition.
The award is promoted by the University of Vale do Rio dos Sinos (Unisinos), through the Innovation and Technology Unit (Unitec) and the São Leopoldo Technological Park – Tecnosinos. It’s aimed at high school, technical education, undergraduate and graduate students from all over Rio Grande do Sul, in addition to teachers, Unisinos employees and companies from Unitec / Tecnosinos. One of the organizers of the award, the coordinator of the Talentos Tecnosinos Program, Tassiane Kinetz, praised the teams’ commitment during the marathon. “This was the first time that we held the competition remotely. We were afraid that there wasn’t going to be so much engagement, because it was online. But the groups managed to take advantage of the workshops, mentoring and all the material shared by Semente Negócios ”.
Tassiane also highlighted the methodology used, which takes into account the five axes proposed by the Reference Center for Support to New Enterprises (Cerne), developed by the Brazilian Service of Support to Micro and Small Enterprises (Sebrae) and by the National Association of Promoting Entities of Innovative Enterprises (Anprotec): capital, market, entrepreneur, management and technology. For her, the winning group, which developed a wearable device to reduce the pain of Fibromyalgia Syndrome from thermotherapy, highlights the importance of the marathon. “Relieve to Live presented a project that reflects the essence of the Roser Award, which is to encourage and develop ideas in the classroom so that they can become companies. We want more research projects to be worked with a business perspective ”.
Created in 2012, the Roser Award is an innovative, practical and transdisciplinary entrepreneurial competition open to the community. It aims to promote technology-based entrepreneurship, by consolidating innovative business models, products, processes or services in the following areas: information technology; automation and engineering; communication and digital convergence; health technologies; socio-environmental technologies.
MEET THE WINNERS
1st PLACE: Relieve to Live
Group members: Ana Paula Lima, Bruna Leticia Land, Gabriel Rodrigues da Silva and Gustavo Diersmann Costa.
Solution: wearable device to reduce the pain of Fibromyalgia Syndrome from thermotherapy.
Fibromyalgia Syndrome is a chronic disease that causes severe pain from 12 to 18 points on the body among other symptoms. Because it is chronic there is no cure, only some treatments are used to reduce symptoms. Relieve to Live aims to develop, apply and validate a wearable device to decrease the pain caused by Fibromyalgia Syndrome, using thermotherapy (pain relief therapy from heat). The solution developed is a strip, which has two heating points, with a local controller, where the patient can increase and decrease the temperature intensity. This gives the patient total autonomy over the treatment, in addition to having a portable battery.
2nd PLACE: Jardim Vivo.
Members: Bruno Roth, Henrique Tiggemann and Vitória da Silveira Santos.
Solution: intelligent tool to automate the irrigation process of gardens, lawns and plants, avoiding the waste of water.
Knowing that the greenest grass is always the one we water, the Jardim Vivo group has developed a tool to automate the garden irrigation process, avoiding waste and making this process simpler, using IoT technology. The tool allows you to define the exact day and time for watering the garden. The project was created with the aim of eliminating users’ worries, especially during summer holidays.
3rd PLACE: Huná – Guaraná Project
Group members: Giovanna Renck, Pedro Marostega Santos and Vitória Tomé.
Solution: sustainable biomaterial, with added social value for slow fashion fans.
The project consists of research for the development of a biomaterial from guaraná residues. From the bark, a waste that is normally discarded, the Huná-Guaraná Project seeks to produce a biomaterial, with guaraná as the raw material to be used in clothing and objects in the middle of fashion. The product to be developed will be sustainable and will bring an innovative solution to reduce the impact of pollution on the environment. The proposal is to use, in addition to natural dyeing, pigmentation from bacteria, since this method uses the least amount of water and generates the least amount of waste.
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