The Creative Element – Developing technology to keep seriously sick kids connected to their schools.

Erica Hediger. Canberra, ACT.

The Creative Element is a Canberra-based, female-led startup that partners with government and advocacy groups to locally design, prototype and manufacture disruptive technology to improve social outcomes in the community. We specialise in robotics and automation and are looking to employ both trade (Reid Canberra Institute of Technology) and university students for roles typically outsourced to China or India.

The Creative Element is applying to Beyond Bank for funding to prototype and iterate a telepresence robot to keep seriously sick kids connected to their regular schools. We know it works. Telepresence robots are already being used in schools in Europe and the US. However, they are made off shore and are poorly suited for our purpose.

To resolve this, we will prototype a robot with dynamic video interaction, crystal clear audio, and a Wifi enabled robotic arm to pick up an apple or share a high five.

We want to give sick kids real time learning in their classes. Better connection with their friends and teachers and a way to feel normal when they are in a hospital or at home.

Let’s give sick kids hope now and find a way to build a life worth living.

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