This article was published on 13 October 2016
Callaghan Innovation senior ICT research scientist Swati Gupta has received funding to help bring her therapy tools for autistic children to market.
Dr Swati Gupta from Callaghan Innovation is one of the latest batch of KiwiNet Emerging Innovator Fund recipients. Dr Gupta, who works in Callaghan Innovation's Christchurch office, has developed a game for touch-screen computers and tablets that will enable children with autism to improve their social interaction skills.
Dr Gupta will use the funds to further develop her current prototype, working with end users in a large clinical trial to discover the potential of her development.
Other candidates chosen include Dr Jérôme Leveneur from GNS Science in Wellington, who has developed a novel nanostructured magnetic material with the aim of improving electrical inductors and transformers and Dr Greg Walker from the University of Otago, who is developing biodegradable nano-webs to protect plants against pests.
Phil Stucki, Commercial Projects Manager at KiwiNet, said the money, donated by Quality Hotel Parnell, will go directly towards mentoring, industry engagement and prototype development for each of the candidates selected.
“As New Zealanders, we are pretty good at coming up with new ideas but not always so good at getting them to market. The Emerging Innovator Fund is intended to not only help advance the technical side of each of the candidate’s ideas, but also help develop their commercialisation skills along the way."