BIOTech Futures Challenge 2021


The ARC Training Centre for Innovative BioEngineering (ARC TCIBE) at the University of Sydney is hosting the 2021 BIOTech Futures Challenge online on the 8th and 9th of Feb 2021. The Challenge sees high school students, with guidance from academics, find solutions to problems in the fields of Health, Medicine, and Environment.


The ARC Training Centre for Medical Implant Technologies (ARC CMIT) in collaboration with ARC TCIBE and the Faculty of Engineering IT Girl Power program at the University of Melbourne hosted the inaugural BIOTech Futures Challenge 2020 - Victoria on 5 December 2020. Six teams of year 10 Victorian High School students who are part of the University of Melbourne Girl Power Program participated in the challenge with mentoring provided by ARC CMIT Research Fellows and PhD students. From these six teams, four will be continuing on to participate in the 2021 BIOTech Futures Challenge where they will have a chance to showcase their work to Sydney based audience.


To attend the event and view the work done by the students, please register as an audience member through the link: https://biotechfutures.org/2021-challenge/


ARC CMIT would like to wish the following teams all the best.


Project Name: Biodegradable Tennis Balls

Team Leader: Caitlyn Smith

Team Members:

Anna Franklin

Michaela Mulenga

Caitlyn Smith

Mentor: Ms Shareen Chan

Project Name: Developing a method to monitor the curvature of your spine

Team Leader: Jasmine Karliner

Team Members:

Kirsten Gaddie

Jeremy Arndt

Hanah Gomberg

Alicia Kaliner

Mentor: Mr Yihang Yu


Project Name: Reverse shoulder arthroplasty

Team Leader: Nuzhatul Mannan

Team Members:

Paris McFarland

Jessie Thomas

Mentor: Mr Yichen Huang


Project Name: Smartphone app for prosthetic limbs

Team Leader: Mahalakshme Thiagarajan

Team Members:

Chloe Thomson

Lilly Wiese

Mentor: Dr Dale Robinson