Rate this idea!

1 Star2 Stars3 Stars4 Stars5 Stars (1 votes, average: 5.00 out of 5)

Connecting and sharing

Sharing-tomatoes-on-spareharvest

We are experiencing unprecedented waste as we consume more and use less. Spare Harvest brings local communities together to share, swap or sell what they have spare in their kitchens, gardens and farms. Spare Harvest uses technology to take us back to a time when we shared our resources, bought less and connected more. Produce, plants, tools, time, land and jams are some of the items exchanged. As they say, your trash is someone else’s treasure. There will be someone in your community who will use it; you just have to let them know it is available. www.spareharvest.com

Continue reading →

Rate this idea!

1 Star2 Stars3 Stars4 Stars5 Stars (5 votes, average: 5.00 out of 5)

Unmanned convenience stores

F5 Future store (1)

The future of unmanned convenience stores is being expanded in China. Alibaba recently invested into a start-up called F5 Future Store. F5 already operate a store in Guangzhou and are opening about 30 to 50 more stores this year. Customers use their smartphones to open the door to the store and then robotic arms serve them the items that they purchase via their phone. If customers eat-in, the dining table is self-cleaning which is achieved with another robotic arm. https://alltechasia.com/will-unmanned-convenience-stores-like-f5-future-store-trending-future/ Unmanned stores have also opened in Sweden. https://www.ideaspies.com/first-unmanned-convenience-store/

Continue reading →

Rate this idea!

1 Star2 Stars3 Stars4 Stars5 Stars (4 votes, average: 5.00 out of 5)

DIY PR 101 – Bootstrapping your own communications

Freelancer’s Liam Fitzpatrick explains how to get your startup in the media:  You’ve got a great business, but no one knows about it. Time to get yourself noticed. And sites like Ideas Spies are always on the hunt for people doing new and interesting things. So how do you go about it? ‘Be interesting and interested’ A former boss of mine had a phrase for most scenarios. Little pocket-sized mantras. ‘Be interesting and interested’ sounds obvious, but it involves being able to know what will appeal to others. You spent time honing the audience for your product – now you should spend a little time reading the media to understand which journalists already write about your sector, and what gets them excited. Would I read it? Generally the media will be looking for a human interest angle – whether that’s your founder’s story or the impact you’ve had on your customers’ lives. Stats will help to quantify success in the mind of a journalist or their readers (number of users, fundraising figures, etc). At the end of the day, ask yourself if you would read the article if it wasn’t about you. Not every announcement is going to cause bottle-popping celebrations outside of your business. Which is fine. For those stories which you ‘have’ to get out there, make them work from an SEO perspective and document it on a free listings site like: PRLog, BusinessWire, PRweb, MediaPost, there are hundreds of sites – just Google ‘free press release distribution’. Thinking about context You will need to demonstrate that you’re aware of things outside of your own world. Be interested in what is going on in your industry and trends from other sectors. It will help you when you’re trying to illustrate to the media where your business sits in the wider world. What are you doing that others aren’t? Does your business sit in a trend which a journalist can include in a wider feature? Get out there The ‘be interesting and interested’ advice applies to networking too. It’s not all take. The most famous startup communities are well-known because of the amount of time people give back. But you need to build your network. Event sites like Meetup and Eventbrite will give you access to a world of people who could help your business. Give up the occasional evening and reap the rewards. Most of these events are free and it could result in your startup’s next investment. If your startup is based on a clever idea, which it should be, you can also post your “elevator pitch” on IdeaSpies for free. ‘What matters is what matters, to the people that matter’ When speaking with the media be aware that the journalist will likely have to pitch in your idea to their editor. So think like an editor and argue why readers will be interested in your story. Tips Avoid jargon – general rule, if you can’t explain it in a sentence your mum would understand it’s too complicated. Talk about the benefits not your product – why should the reader care about your business? Get to the point – who, what, where, when, why in two paragraphs both in emails and releases. Look for journalists who write similar stories – both Fairfax and News Corp news brands have ‘Small Business’ sections looking for startups to feature. Liam Fitzpatrick , Communications Manager of  Freelancer, recently talked about getting PR for your startup as part of the StartCon Leadership series.

Continue reading →

Rate this idea!

1 Star2 Stars3 Stars4 Stars5 Stars (5 votes, average: 5.00 out of 5)

A 3D zebra crossing that slows down cars

3D-pedestrian-crossing-island-59f0352da431b__880 (1)

Zebra crossings are meant to slow drivers down and make them aware of pedestrians crossing the street. But, far too often, drivers and bikers will zoom through them. To combat the issue, one town in Iceland is now using 3-D crosswalks to make them stand out to drivers and slow down speeding cars. They look like a roadblock from a distance, and it’s only when you slow down that you see it’s only a zebra crossing. https://www.simplemost.com/iceland-3d-crosswalk-slow-down-drivers/

Continue reading →

Rate this idea!

1 Star2 Stars3 Stars4 Stars5 Stars (9 votes, average: 4.22 out of 5)

A bike that can glide across water

0A3EE52D-E727-4E45-A4C3-C5143453C8BE

Manta5, a New Zealand-based company, is offering a new bike designed to glide across any body of water, including lakes, rivers, and the ocean. It’s pedal-electric and has a 400w motor to amplify pedaling. A clever feature is its ability to perform submerged launches, so you don’t have to worry if you fall off the bike in the middle of the ocean. You can now register for pre-sales. https://manta5.com

Continue reading →

Rate this idea!

1 Star2 Stars3 Stars4 Stars5 Stars (5 votes, average: 4.20 out of 5)

Rate this idea!

1 Star2 Stars3 Stars4 Stars5 Stars (7 votes, average: 3.86 out of 5)

Rice grown in seawater

Screen Shot 2017-10-19 at 9.59.32 PM

Rice grown on a commercial scale in diluted seawater has, for the first time, made it into the rice bowls of ordinary Chinese people after a breakthrough in food production following more than four decades of efforts by farmers, researchers, government agencies and businesses. http://www.scmp.com/news/china/society/article/2115250/chinese-scientists-put-rice-grown-seawater-nations-tables

Continue reading →

Rate this idea!

1 Star2 Stars3 Stars4 Stars5 Stars (9 votes, average: 4.22 out of 5)

Free genetic test for high risk cancer patients

istock_491089146.jpg.size-custom-crop.1086x0 (1)

In Australia people at high risk of developing breast and ovarian cancer will be offered free genetic testing. If someone has breast and ovarian cancer and has the mutations, all their relatives will be able to have the test for free. If they don’t have the mutation, they can go back to normal screening. This new service is expected to significantly improve the lives of Australians, offering more choice via access to affordable screening and treatment options, http://www.abc.net.au/news/2017-10-12/breast-and-ovarian-cancer-test-free-for-high-risk-patients/9040274

Continue reading →

Rate this idea!

1 Star2 Stars3 Stars4 Stars5 Stars (5 votes, average: 5.00 out of 5)

A jetpack that lets you swim faster than Michael Phelps!

IMG_2342

Combining battery-powered motors and water is a recipe for electrocution. That explains why the two inventors of this jetpack spent the bulk of their time figuring out how to create a watertight seal for its battery compartment, which contained powerful lithium batteries. At top speed, the underwater jetpack clocked in at 6.25 mph, breaking Phelp’s record of 6 mph. www.washingtonpost.com/news/innovations/wp/2017/09/22/this-underwater-ironman-jetpack-lets-you-swim-faster-than-michael-phelps/?

Continue reading →

Rate this idea!

1 Star2 Stars3 Stars4 Stars5 Stars (3 votes, average: 4.67 out of 5)

A chocolate breakthrough

IMG_2267

The new Ruby chocolate offers a whole new flavour. Unlike milk, dark and white, Ruby chocolate is silky and fruity, not sweet, bitter or milky. The berry flavour is all natural, as is the colour. It’s made from the ruby cocoa bean through a unique processing that unlocks the flavour and colour naturally present in the ruby bean. No berries,  berry flavour or colour are added. It has already been tested by global research agencies who have validated Ruby as a fourth type of chocolate. This discovery is regarded as a breakthrough for the chocolate and confectionery industries. https://www.springwise.com/leading-manufacturer-reveals-new-flavour-chocolate/?

Continue reading →

Rate this idea!

1 Star2 Stars3 Stars4 Stars5 Stars (5 votes, average: 4.80 out of 5)

A 3D printed device that could help you sleep better

IMG_2266

Sleep apnoea is a condition where the air passage in your throat becomes blocked during sleep and causes you to stop breathing. A new CSIRO-made solution can help. It’s a 3D-printed titanium mouthguard that lets air flow freely for you while you sleep. A clinical trial showed that 100% of patients experienced a significant reduction in snoring with 82% eliminating snoring completely. www.oventus.com.au

Continue reading →

Rate this idea!

1 Star2 Stars3 Stars4 Stars5 Stars (5 votes, average: 5.00 out of 5)