Western Sydney Uni’s $350m innovation precinct underway

In today’s Higher Ed DailyBrief: $350m development, uni medallist

Innovation precinct underway

Western Sydney University has struck up its third major deal with listed property group Charter Hall with the pair on Tuesday saying they will develop a $350 million innovation-focused precinct at Sydney’s Westmead.

The new health and medical precinct will comprise three mixed-use towers with more than 38,000sq m of space for these uses as well as retail facilities.

The latest venture comes as the pair are also working together on an engineering innovation hub in Hassall Street, Parramatta, that also includes UNSW. WSU earlier teamed with Charter Hall, which delivered its flagship Parramatta City campus at 1 Parramatta Square.

The university has committed to an initial 15-year lease term for the first stage of the Westmead project and will occupy about half of the research and office space.

Western Sydney University vice-chancellor Barney Glover said the precinct would showcase the university’s research.

“Our Westmead campus, home to our MARCS BabyLab and the NICM Health Research Institute, will be at the forefront of this future global centre for excellence and will play a vital role in addressing some of the most pressing healthcare challenges that Australia faces,” he said.

The university is hoping to collaborate across industry, government and healthcare. Building is expected to begin later this year.

Uni medallist follows family footsteps

This year’s university medallist at Southern Cross University is a law student who has her followed her family’s passion for social change and made it both her job and her prize winning area of study

Hayley Foster, the CEO of Women’s Safety NSW, was awarded the university medal for being the highest academic performer in any honours degree when she graduated last week with bachelor of laws.

Ms Foster’s mother was formerly the executive officer of the NSW peak body for women’s refuges. When she was 12 years old Ms Foster joined a protest with her 75 year old grandmother to try to prevent funding being cut for a women’s domestic violence legal centre.

Ms Foster’s prize winning honours thesis at SCU focused on the application of judicial discretion in family law matters involving domestic and family violence.

Meet the 30 Startups at Launch Pad’s 2019 Demo Day

AI-driven minerals exploration, advanced VR platforms for gaming and architecture, renewable energy integrated with home automation, vision science-driven smart gyms, water recycling systems being exported to Silicon Valley and space junk tracking systems inspired by the human brain being sold to the US Airforce.

These were just some of the 30 fantastic tech startup and scale-up businesses pitching to a big crowd at Western Sydney University Launch Pad Demo Day, held in our vertical campus in Parramatta. There is a new generation of technology and innovation being driven from Western Sydney – some very exciting times ahead!

Check out the highlights here and watch all the pitches here.

ABP Learning is a production company specialised in biomedical and scientific animation and e-Learning.
Des Sloane, CEO
abplearning.com | info@medical-animations.com

Activintel is developing AI Vision algorithms to seamlessly track and measure workouts for high performance athlete and gyms.
Tyson Mccarthy, Co-founder
activintel.com | tyson@activintel.com

Airli offers live geo-location based pollen level alerts for asthma sufferers.
Jacob Malana, Founder
airli.co | connect@airli.co

Alta is a VR game development studio working on A Township Tale – a VR multiplayer role-playing game.
Tima Anoshechkin, Co-founder and CEO
townshiptale.com | tima@altavr.io

Aqtiv provides a rapid selection and booking marketplace for sporting venues and activities market.
Fadi Madanat, Co-founder
aqtiv.com.au | fadi@aqtiv.com.au

Aquacell specialises in wastewater treatment and water recycling systems across commercial and municipal sectors.
Colin Fisher, Managing Director
aquacell.com.au | colinf@aquacell.com.au

ArtOn Lab specialises in building games, interactive virtual reality experiences and mobile apps.
Anton Bogdanovych, Founder and CEO
artonlab.com.au info@artonlab.com.au

Block42 is easing the learning curve for STEM education and 3D animation with blocks. Students can code and see their creation in real time.
Brian Zou, Co-founder and CEO
block42.world | brianz@block42.world

bVitra manufactures alternative therapeutic products for muscle pain relief targeting high growth emerging markets such as India and the Middle East.
Lila Bate, Founder bvitra.com | lila@bvitra.com

ByteIQ leverages AI to support clinical and business decision making in a range of healthcare markets.
Rob Khamas, Founder
byteiq.com.au | rob@byteiq.com.au

ClaimRight provides rapid and streamlined insurance and Centrelink claims lodgement and processing.
William Johns, Founder
claimright.com.au | william@healthfinance.com.au

Classy Lists leverages wireless communication for attendance management processes in schools, colleges and universities.
Tim Moors, Founder
classy-lists.com.au | contact@classy-lists.com.au

EarthAI streamlines mineral exploration using AI and machine learning.
Roman Teslyuk, Founder and CEO
earth.ai | roman@earth.ai

Fern Eco provides a viable alternative to plastic through “In-home Compostable” shopping bags and a range of food packaging products.
Matthew Dell, Founder
ferneco.com | matt@ferneco.com

Future IQ delivers smart energy management by combining home automation, solar generation & battery storage as a service.
Sarang & Jatin Vengurlekar, Co-founders
futureiq.com.au | info@futureiq.com.au

Grocery Van provides online and on-demand combined grocery delivery service from Aldi, Costco, Coles and local stores.
Rakib Hasan, Founder
groceryvan.com.au | rakib@gvan.com.au

GuruNow takes the Q&A format online by putting high-quality gurus in front of targeted communities and audiences via live-video technology.
Anthony Gerber, Founder
gurunow.live | anthony@gurunow.live

gymsym provides smart gym solutions to automate tracking and analyse workouts.
Dane Dobre, Founder
gymsym.com.au | dane@gymsym.com.au

Inspace XR creates augmented and virtual reality software for architecture, engineering and construction (AEC).
Justin Liang, Founder & CEO
inspacexr.com | jl@inspacexr.com

LandIT provides a workflow and management platform for property development opportunity assessment.
Peter Michie, Founder
landit.net.au | info@landit.net.au

Metaflo is a platform for university students to improve their mental wellbeing through tracking wellness, building resilience and connecting to support services.
Lana Mohammed, Founder
metaflo.co | hello@metaflo.co

PersonDrive prevents SMEs from losing employee by engaging and guiding new hires from day zero with a personalised online on- boarding experience that can be set up in less than 3 minutes.
Vuong Ngo, Founder
persondrive.com | vuong@persondrive.com

Payo Scientific provides equipment to research institutions to extend the lifespan of tissue samples.
Paul Breen, Founder and Director
braincubator.com.au | info@medical-animations.com

Pnyx provides affordable client relationship management and integrated database solutions for the community care sector.
Juan Pereyra, Founder
pnyx.com.au | juan@pnyx.com.au

Tiliter is an artificial intelligence and vision science company focused on product recognition for supermarkets worldwide.
Martin Karafilis, Co-founder and COO
tiliter.com | martin@tiliter.com

Travel Circles is a social networking app that helps organise travel and conference planning using artificial intelligence.
Olga Voronina, Founder
myconferencetrip.com | info@myconferencetrip.com

STEMTera delivers STEM education hardware and software solutions using Industry 4.0 principles.
JP Liew, Founder
stemtera.com | jp@stemtera.com

Sunlight Analytics makes advanced data analytics easier for medium size businesses.
Robin Benton, Founder
sunlightanalytics.com.au | robinbenton@sunlightanalytics.com.au

Xootro develops and retails innovative, plant-based Australian complementary medicine (nootropics) for improved cognitive function.
Gordon Melsom, Co-founder
xootro.com | gordon@xootro.com

The energy from the pitches spread throughout the room and the event ended on a high with lots of buzz, networking, and connections made. We’re excited for our startups’ next steps and look forward to being part of their journey ahead.



Western Sydney University to invest $40 million in new academic and research strategy

The article was originally published on The Western Sydney University’s Website

Western Sydney University is investing up to $40 million over five years in three new Research Fellowship Schemes and expanding its innovative 21C Curriculum Project.

Vice-Chancellor and President, Professor Barney Glover AO, said these new initiatives will provide the highest quality learning and teaching opportunities to Western Sydney and build on the University’s already world-class research expertise.

“This new investment will deliver extensive benefits to our students, our community and our partners and leverage existing strengths in the Schools, Institutes, Strategic Research Initiatives, and other emerging areas of strength across research and teaching,” said Professor Glover.

Funding will be provided to support the following Research Fellowship Schemes:

  • The Research Fellowship Scheme – will invest in 50 research-focused fellows. Targeting high-performing early and mid-career researchers whose work aligns with the University’s research strengths, Western will build on its already established and rapidly emerging cohorts of research excellence.
  • The Distinguished Visiting International Fellowship Scheme – will target international research leaders, including those from industry. The scheme will support fellows at the University for six to twelve months to enable broad and sustainable collaboration with our researchers.
  • The Outgoing International Fellowship Scheme – will support Western’s researchers to travel to universities with which we partner, allowing them to spend up to two months in-residence working on joint research projects and outputs.

The University’s Academic Division will also use this investment to enhance the quality of teaching and learning to improve graduate outcomes. This will be done through the expansion of the University’s 21C Curriculum project – a large-scale curriculum reform, focused on meeting the challenges of sustainability, the digital revolution, and the future of work.

New initiatives will include:

  • The development of transdisciplinary curriculum with flexible degree options;
  • New leadership opportunities for staff and students;
  • New global opportunities for partnership and collaboration;
  • Expansion of the Advance Higher Education Fellows program to further recognise teachers of international standing; and
  • The introduction of the Western Teaching Academy to recognise our outstanding teachers.

Collectively, these initiatives are an investment in Western’s capacity, capability and quality, advancing the University’s strong international reputation.

How manufacturing businesses can successfully partner with universities to adopt advanced manufacturing technologies

As part of the NSW Advanced Manufacturing Industry Development Strategy, the NSW Government is partnering with the NSW Smart Sensing Network and the Advanced Manufacturing Growth Centre Ltd to deliver the ‘Successfully Adopting Smart Sensing Technologies’ series.

Yesterday we hosted the first of the series at Western Sydney Launch Pad – discussing how manufacturing businesses can successfully partner with universities to adopt advanced manufacturing technologies that enhance their competitiveness and resilience.

Check out two of the case studies below:

Launch Pad Case Study: How STEMTera kept all their production onshore in Western Sydney

From working with semiconductor testing machines to writing software for mobile phones, JP is known for his skills in debugging, R&D and product development. With many years of experience in full product development life cycle, he continually expands his experience and knowledge in delivering quality software and hardware solutions.

JP now works out of Launch Pad where he sells, manufactures and delivers all STEMTera products.


Launch Pad Case Study: The impact of Academic Partnerships for LA Services

David believes that engineering excellence is the foundation of the long term prosperity of Australia. Without this standard of engineering across all disciplines, we cannot design and manufacture the equipment and tools that will deliver jobs and a continuation of our standard of living for our children.

LA Services has for the last 40 years added to Australia’s productive capacity. We have consistently provided bespoke equipment that delivers operational productivity and efficiency to our customers that enables them to compete on the world stage.

As GM of this small family-owned manufacturing business, I am proud of the opportunity to have made a contribution, and look forward to continuing to do so, while maintaining my passion for hands-on engineering.

Learn how David and LA Services was able to leverage the knowledge and connections of Western Sydney University to develop new world class technology and equipment for their customers.