A University of Waterloo startup developing a marker that lets you know when you need to reapply sunscreen is the runner-up in a prestigious international design competition.
Suncayr, a company formed by nanotechnology engineering students in Waterloo’s Velocity program was announced as an international runner up in James Dyson Awards on Thursday. The James Dyson Award, founded by the British industrial designer and inventor of the Dyson bagless vacuum, runs in 18 countries.
A team of third-year nanotechnology engineering students won two $1,000 awards at the Velocity Fund Finals (VFF) on Thursday, July 24, 2014. Out of 10 competing companies, Suncayr, won two of the awards: Most Innovative and People’s Choice. The Suncayr technology is a UV-responsive marker that’s applied before sunscreen and changes colour once your sunscreen is no longer protecting you.
The Norman Esch Capstone Award is open to student teams from all departments within the Faculty of Engineering. Just being chosen as one of the 15 finalists is a big accomplishment and the Nanotechnology Engineering program had three teams represented, teams Sierra, PASCAL and Greyscale.
A big congratulations to our winning team of Greyscale that captured one of six $10,000 awards at the pitch event held on Friday, April 4th, 2014.