And already it’s creating safe spaces for Sydney’s youth, changing the way we use 3D printers, and helping position Australia as a world-leader in the adoption of 5G technologies.
Simply put, Rapido – UTS’s technology development unit in the Faculty of Engineering and Information Technology (FEIT) – is redefining ‘impact’ for university research. Since 2017, they’ve been finding new ways to combine top-quality research and expertise with real industry problems. And, in the process, they’ve been turning ideas into tangible products and valuable advice.
Though their partners include start-ups and global businesses (like SPEE3D and Nokia), it’s not all about the corporate sector. Rapido Social is dedicated to providing the same support to not-for-profits and delivering positive social change for our community.
“The moment you start charging companies for the service, you are inevitably being selective and you prioritise those who can pay over those who can’t,” says Director of Rapido Hervé Harvard.
“I want to be able to engage with social impact organisations, listen to their software idea or problem, and then just do it. I want to help them regardless of whether or not they can pay.”
Here are three ways Rapido is helping to transform society and deliver positive social change: