Summer Innovation Lab
The Summer Innovation Lab gets students working on projects that apply science, design thinking and business disciplines together, to provide them ‘real world’ experience of doing innovation, as well as great project outcomes for companies involved and the region overall. As part of Priority One’s strategy, these are focused within areas of importance for the region, such as marine and horticulture.
The project is being supervised by Dr Ralf Schlothauer, with support from Professor Chris Battershill, chair in coastal science at the University of Waikato. A number of local companies are also involved, including Bluelab, Zespri, and Genera Science and Innovation Ltd.
This year students are investigating opportunities as biochar of sea lettuce and horticultural waste, systems for collection of beach cast sea lettuce, growth opportunities around other species of algae, and development of new technologies for air quality management.
The project ran from November 2017 through to February 2018 and was based at the University of Waikato’s Coastal Marine Station at Sulphur Point.