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Swinburne PhD Researchers win Peoples Choice award for ‘WeedoMate’

POSTED: 11 Jan, 2024

PhD researchers from Swinburne, Jagannatha Pyaraka and Kartik Choudhary, and their supervisor, A/Prof Mats Isaksson have invented WeedoMate, a revolution in weed management.

The solution was developed through their participation in Swinburne’s Venture Cup Program where they won the People’s Choice award for their pitch. The program supports emerging startups through a three-week journey of personalised coaching, masterclasses and mentoring. The competition reaches its climax as the 10 finalists present compelling startup pitches to an expert judging panel.

WeedoMate tackles the challenge of unwanted vegetation in urban landscapes.  Using an autonomous system to identify and eliminate weeds with precision, minimizing the need for manual labour and reducing reliance on harmful chemicals. Their innovation lies in their adaptable robotic arm, equipped to deploy various tools including targeted herbicide sprays – tailored to each weed’s specific needs.

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Kartik during the pitch
Jagannatha during the pitch
Swinburne Venture Cup
Swinburne Venture Cup