Team lead: Jun Young (Charlie) Jeong (BMed)
Team members: Danni Ovens (BSE), Jackson Harrison (BMed, MPH student)

MozzieBox

1) Define the problem you are seeking to solve.

Mosquitos are a significant nuisance factor, as well as being the means of spread of mosquito-borne diseases worldwide.
Current methods of access to mosquito repellent are often inconvenient and wasteful. Sustainable funding currently limits the impact of effective charities working in mosquito-borne disease.

2) Describe your big idea (what is the vision?).

We aspire to develop a product and brand that revolutionises how individuals access mosquito repellent, in a socially impactful manner.
We will provide an easy alternative for those who find current methods of accessing mosquito repellent bothersome or inconvenient. Our approach has upscale in mind, with a vision to leverage our effective local solution to provide funding for mosquito borne disease worldwide.

3) Describe and illustrate (if possible) your proposed solution.

Our solution is a convenient tap and go mosquito repellent spray station. The device would take the form of a stand with an interactive touch screen. The customer would pay, then customise for their height, and see the countdown until a spray of repellent is administered.
A percentage of profits from each use would be directly donated to effective charities seeking to combat mosquito borne diseases. The device would display the impact made across the globe (for example, number of bed nets donated), so that customers can see the contribution they have made. We would aim to upscale our approach from our initial installation at the University of Newcastle, to the broader community, eventually to across the globe.

4) What is the core foundation of your research or solution (this could be technology, research, know-how, etc.)?

We are providing a technology based solution to improve the convenience and effectiveness of mosquito repellent. Our solution is founded in the evidenced based use of mosquito repellent.
At the back-end, our business structure will utilise our profits directed toward the most effective non-profit organisations to achieve the greatest impact in reducing the health issues related to mosquito borne disease worldwide.

5) Describe who you think your end-user and/or paying customer could be.

The end users will be those who are bothered by current methods of using mosquito repellent, those who have social or environmental impact in mind, or those who left the can of repellent in the car, again.

6) Describe your Technology Readiness Level or Research Literature Level.

The multidisciplinary nature of our team has allowed us to benefit from a high level of research literacy and technological know-how.
Members in our team have backgrounds in medicine, public health and engineering. We have ensured that our idea is founded in evidence-based theory, including the effective use of mosquito repellent, and the public health impact of funding on combating mosquito borne diseases.
We have been able to translate robust theoretic foundations into a practical and user friendly design approach. This includes the design and construction of a tap-and-go style mosquito-repellent dispensary station.

7) Describe the top three critical hypotheses you want to explore, including:

a.How you will test them;
b.Describe your experimental plan, including any new technologies or tools to be developed; and
c.If your experiment/s in the testing phase is/are successful what are the next steps?

Hypothesis 1 - Can improved convenience increase the effective use of mosquito-repellant
a. Creation and implementation of a convenient mosquito repellent delivery device
b. The design, development and implementation of a device that is able to deliver an effective spray of mosquito repellant to the customer
c. Constructing a prototype and introducing the product to campus for use followed by user survey and monitoring device usage

Hypothesis 2 - Will the use of our system reduce mosquito-associated barriers to outdoor activity
a. Surveying users to determine their attitudes toward its impact on outdoor activity
b. Conducting research to determine users attitudes, via incentivised surveys accessed using QR codes on the device, and focus groups
c. The next step would involve the conducting data collection and analysis to assess the impact on consumers

Hypothesis 3 - Can we generate funds and awareness for global mosquito borne disease through a social entrepreneurial business model
a. Assessing percentage of funds that can be generated from device use during an initial testing phase
b. Partner with effective nonprofits working in the area of mosquito borne disease, promoting their work and contributing a fraction of profits directly
c. Forming partnerships, estimated donations and their projected impact

8) Describe how you would use the funding to progress your hypotheses, including:

How will the work described be performed within the budget (up to AU$5,000) and time period (5 months) allocated for the testing phase (resources, capability, etc.)?
What essential outcomes will you generate during your testing phase?
Include a brief breakdown of allowable costs.

We have started building a small scale prototype of the device, and in doing so have compiled a list of components necessary for our design with the $5000 budget in mind. We are confident the full size prototype will be able to reach completion within the testing phase and budget. During the test phase we will be looking to design a functioning concept model that will accept card payments and spray mosquito repellent, ready for use at the University of Newcastle.

We have budgeted for the following:

Device expenses

  • Technology components - $900
    - Programmable microprocessor and corresponding components, touch display screen, NFC card reader
  • Mechanical components - $900
    - Pump, liquid capsule, spray nozzles
  • Physical body - $1,500
    - Weather proof housing, construction/labour, installation
  • Other - $200
    - Repellent

Business expenses

  • Website - $500
  • Business registration and legal fees - $1000
9) What you’ve done to date, including challenges and wins.

We have reviewed the current literature on mosquito repellent use. We have identified the required materials for construction, and identified suppliers that would be able to provide these materials within budget. As outlined above we have designed and started to build a small scale model of our device. We have identified a short-list of effective nonprofits with whom we believe it would be most effective to partner.

10) Why your idea is an unconventional or creative approach to the problem.

Our idea seeks to reduce barriers to the use of mosquito repellent through the introduction of a convenient, effective and unique approach. We have utilised this unconventional method within a social enterprise model, where profits will be directed into effective nonprofits, allowing our individual users to enjoy the mozzie-free outdoors whilst contributing to a global issue. Mozziebox - Here, for everywhere.

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