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2018 Telstra Innovation Challenge winners: tech solutions for a healthier tomorrow

Tech and Innovation IoT

Posted on May 29, 2018

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Together with our industry partner Bupa, we challenged teams from across Australia to build Internet of Things (IoT) technology solutions for some of the most interesting challenges in the health and wellness industry.

Wearable devices and diagnostic systems dominated the field at this year’s Telstra Innovation Challenge as teams showed how IoT technologies could be used to improve the lives of patients and assist those who work in the healthcare industry in providing the best care.

The teams across both Challenge streams worked hard designing, building and coding hardware devices that leveraged our Cat M1 IoT network capability and Bupa’s insights as a leader in the health and wellness industry.

Congratulations to our winners!

Our 2018 Telstra Innovation Challenge winners



Public Stream Winner – Lynxx

“Sitting is the new smoking” – Ergorithm is a wearable device that strives to promote a desirable posture for its users. The team produced a belt using the Cat M1 board and a sensor, which can be calibrated based on the specific user, to monitor the user’s lower back posture and give real time feedback (i.e. alert if bad posture). In the future the design could be extended to also cover neck posture.




University Stream Winner – Team Laika (RMIT)

The Me-MG, a wearable EMG biofeedback unit, empowers users to exercise during home based rehabilitation by giving them real time feedback on their level of muscle activation and movement extension through a number of on-body lights and a display screen. One light will indicate the degree of flex in the knee and the other the muscle activation; together they will be an accurate measure of how well the patient is performing the exercise. The device must be calibrated to the individual by their physio based on custom thresholds that can be updated remotely over our dashboard. The dashboard is accessible to both the patients and the physios, and is a platform where they can access the muscle activity and flex data directly, review analytics, data tends, and set themselves or their patient’s goal for their rehabilitation over all.

Innovation Winner – Health is Wealth

A Point of Care (PoC) diagnostic system to detect presence and severity of Xerostomia (a.k.a Dry Mouth condition). One of the sensors measures the salivary flow rate implanted or by the way of removable prosthetics inserted in the mouth by a dentist. The other custom-built sensor measures volatile organic compounds (gases) coming out of the mouth. These sensors are connected to the IoT development board and the data from these sensors will be analysed using machine learning to improve the quality of condition detection.

The 2018 Telstra Innovation Challenge finalist pitching awards event was held at Telstra Labs in Melbourne on 26 May.

Thanks to all of our sponsors who helped us deliver another great event in 2018.

Gold sponsors: Cisco, Ericsson, Telstra Health and Microsoft
Silver sponsors: Intel, muru-D, Qualcomm, Tekt Industries and Little Bird Electronics