Innovation and Entrepreneurialism to Breathe Easier

Innovation and Entrepreneurialism to Breathe Easier

Meet TZOA. This start-up found that there is a real need in today’s society for us to be able to monitor the air quality and pollution in the world around us. By combining optical technology with a UV sensor they found a way to create a device that is both effective and appealing to general users! Read on to find out more details about their project, the hurdles they have faced and the advice they give to any aspiring innovators! Company Name: Tzoa Product: Tzoa Enviro-Tracker Number of Founders: 2 What problem is your project trying to solve? Imagine being able to see air pollution on a map, similar to weather and traffic data. The problem we are trying to solve is a lack of geographical air quality data. Governmental organizations have built air quality monitors that cost tens of thousands of dollars, but this is not a scalable solution, and now they need supplementary monitoring from low-cost sensors. This would allow us to identify sources of pollution and understand how pollution affects us from a public health perspective, helping save lives. The EPA documents this problem here: http://www.epa.gov/research/airscience/next-generation-air-measuring.htm How does your solution solve this problem in a new innovative way? Does it rely on other previously developed technologies? We attempted to solve this problem by designing a product that would appeal to the average person, so that we could collect data as quickly and widespread as possible. We decided to position ourselves in the popular ‘wearable technology’ category, which includes step-counters and heart rate monitors like Fitbit and the upcoming Apple Watch. Existing technology did not allow us...
A Big Career Working with the Very Small

A Big Career Working with the Very Small

To start thinking big about your future career, you need to start thinking about the very small. Nanotechnology is a cutting-edge field where you work with the smallest pieces of matter (atoms and molecules) on the nano-scale to create useful materials and devices that have new and innovative properties.  Nanotechnologists use nanotechnology to make breakthrough products that may help in the environmental, energy, medical and even cultural sectors. Learn about Nano Careers! Imagine working with materials that cannot be seen by the naked eye! In the future, nanotechnology will be used in various ways to enhance human life. Globally, we can use nano research to find new ways to increase energy production and increase the efficiency of our machines, so that they will use fewer natural resources to power them. Energy not your thing? Maybe you have a passion for Arts and Culture. Nanomaterials are being used in textiles to increase durability of clothing and to create new ways to monitor a person’s health! We can also use nanoscience to create new and improved building materials to create stronger structures. If medicine is your calling, imagine being able to use nano robots to target sick cells and deliver medicine to affected areas in a body. With a career in nanoscience, the possibilities are endless!   Hard Facts What exactly is Nanotechnology? – Alberta Innovates Technology  Futures (AITF)Definition “Nanotechnology is the design, characterization, production and application of very small structures to exploit their unique physical, chemical and biological properties. Size-dependent properties of nanomaterials, usually in the 1- to 100-nanometer range, include electronic, photonic, magnetic, rheological, structural and mechanical effects.”   Career...