Earlier in the year David was fortunate enough to be selected to present at the Falling Walls Lab Australian final. On August 24th he travelled to Canberra and presented MoodMission at the Australian Academy of Science. The other presentations included innovations for absorbing atmospheric CO2, improving breast cancer treatment, bringing Uber to air travel, using games for medical education, preventing parasite induced blindness, absorbing toxic mercury, concrete that heals itself using bacteria, converting wool into edible protein, using interactive motion-sensing games to enrich orang-utan zoo environments, and many more.
The Falling Walls Foundation is a non-profit organisation in Berlin, dedicated to the support of science and the humanities. It was established in 2009, 20 years after the fall of the Berlin Wall. At its heart is the question ‘Which are the next walls to fall?’ as a result of scientific, technological, economic and sociological breakthroughs.
Each year, the foundation supports scientific organisations around the world to host a Falling Walls Lab. This international forum promotes interdisciplinary connections between aspiring academics, innovators, entrepreneurs, investors and professionals, known for their excellent work. Participants are given three minutes to present their research work, business model or initiative to a broad audience from science and industry, including a distinguished jury who selects the most innovative and promising idea.
Falling Walls Lab is a challenging and inspiring format for emerging bright minds, giving them a unique chance to become the next big success story in innovation. Since 2009, there have been 63 international Labs worldwide with over 1,000 participants. From more than 40 countries, 500 outstanding talents have participated in the annual Falling Walls Lab Finales from 2011 to 2015.