Young minds turn to wool, with potential to win cash
ARE you excited by the potential to solve long-standing challenges faced by wool producers?
Whether you study or work in the wool industry, or have never before thought of applying your talent to wool, the University of Adelaide wants you. Be a part of 2017 Tech eChallenge Wool Innovation.
They are seeking smart minds to develop practical, low-cost digital tools that are relevant, useful and accessible to woolgrowers. They have generous prize money on offer.
Teams will compete for cash and travel prizes, with up to two teams selected to represent CSU at the final of the Tech eChallenge Wool Innovation in Adelaide, where prizes total $60,000. Become a team member, create your own idea and team, or mentor a team.
The deadline for team registration is Monday, April 24.
For further information, including details of workshops to help develop your ideas, contact Katrina Durham – Associate Head of School – School of Agriculture and Wine Sciences, Charles Sturt University at firstname.lastname@example.org or 02 6933 2765.
Improving wool sheep health, welfare and productivity represents the greatest overall opportunity for on-farm R&D for the benefit of the Australian wool industry – both in terms of delivering productivity gains and improved profitability, but also in terms of protecting and enhancing the international reputation of Australia’s woolgrowers as custodians of the world’s largest population of merino sheep.
Sheep health and welfare challenges are estimated to cost the Australian sheep industry more than $2 billion per annum in control, prevention and production costs.
Recent advances in the field of electronics and software development, especially the advent and wide uptake of mobility devices, has created new opportunities for development of labour-saving devices, offering realistic potential to generate substantial labour savings for routine operations and to simultaneously improve management skill and deliver spin-off benefits for sheep health, welfare and productivity.
The Wool Innovation program and Inter Varsity Challenge collaboration with AWI forms part of the Farm Automation and Software Development Strategy of the Sheep Production Portfolio in the AWI Strategic Plan.
HAVE A GO: The University of Adelaide is after bright, young agriculturalists to help with the wool industry.