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Dale Wakeham


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Dale Wakeham


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I'm an exceptionally driven person, passionate about making a positive impact in the ocean economy.

Growing up in Australia, I was always the one fixing my brother's cars and creating new inventions; addicted to understanding and exploring new technologies. Studying Industrial design in Sydney gave me the opportunity to use my skill sets to develop technologies and better products in the areas that were most important to me.

I'm one of the lucky few that loves what they do, where passion and talent lie in the same place and am on an entrepreneurial mission to make the biggest dent. 


AWARDS

$7M Shell Ocean Discovery XPRIZE

Grandfinalist (ongoing)

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2014 James Dyson Award

Aussie Runner Up

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International Red Dot Award for Product Design

Airfit P10

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Australian International Design Award for Design Excellence

Airfit P10

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Individual Recognition Award

Recognition of Exceptional Performance

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Reward and Recognition Program

Jun & Dec 2013

Cormack Inovation Awards 

2nd Place

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Greatest Benefit to Humanity - 1st Place Winner

ESPY ROV

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Australian Graduate of the Year

Nomination

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Subject Prize

Design & Technology

My Links 

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BACHELOR OF INDUSTRIAL DESIGN (FIRST CLASS HONOURS)

MY PATENTS

UNIVERSITY DESIGN PORTFOLIO


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Projects


Projects


Here is a short showcase of some of my projects...


 Signing off the judging criterion with XPRIZE director, Jyotika Virmani. 

Signing off the judging criterion with XPRIZE director, Jyotika Virmani. 

 Talking the XPRIZE judges through our system at our test tank facility

Talking the XPRIZE judges through our system at our test tank facility

 The Discovery Channel filming me for the story they did on TeamTao

The Discovery Channel filming me for the story they did on TeamTao

 
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I'm a co-founder and the team lead of TeamTao. After working within R&D for SMD (one of the world's largest manufacturers of industrial subsea vehicles) for a number of years, the Shell Ocean Discovery XPRIZE represented an opportunity to enable access to a powerful network beyond the company's typical market presence. From there we partnered with Newcastle University and set to work, momentum grew and the potential market impact of the joint venture became evident.

By applying 'design thinking' methodologies to both business and engineering problems, over the last 2 years i've successfully guided our expert team along our development path to compete as grand finalists in late 2018.

On top of leading the team, I act as the system architect and integrator, responsible for our underwater drone. By applying first principles, using new approaches and by throwing the traditional rule book out the window, we've developed & validated a radical new approach to how underwater systems are designed and manufactured. Creating a step-change to dramatically lower-cost systems which aren't effected by a lot of the problems that hinder current subsea technologies.  

If they can do this, it will revolutionise how we access the deep sea
— Jyotika Virmani, Senior Director, Planet and Environment, XPRIZE.

See my award acceptance speech and a flight of our autonomous drone below.


ESPY VR ROV

In my forth year of university, the first 6 months was researching and crafting a 15,000 word dissertation covering the market and its opportunities for a micro survey ROV device tailored towards marine ecology. In the second half of the year I designed, prototyped and tested the Espy. 

The Espy is a remote operated vehicle (ROV) that is used to monitor marine environments through underwater observations. 

The Espy is built off a foundation of field-proven ROV technology but adapted to better suit its operating environment. Features such as a wing design with tilting rotors and a self-leveling gyro allow it to remain controllable in harsher conditions. It also houses six GoPro cameras that enable a ‘Google Street View’ style, full environment, 360 degree video recording (www.360heros.com) without getting your feet wet and then the comfortably of analysing the data once ashore.

The Espy’s rugged design with protective cage, bumpers and easy grab handle make it a simple and dependable ROV during deployment, use and recovery.

It would probably revolutionize the way we do a lot of our science...
— Sean Connel, Head of Marine Biology, Adelaide University
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See Espy product video below


 
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Before working in the subsea sector I worked within product development for RESMED, a sleep-disorder focused medical company listed on the NASDAQ & ASX.

I worked within the AIRFIT P10 development team, leading the packaging design of for the product which now sells in quantities of around 3 million units annually. I was initially given a minimal budget but was able to create a packaging solution that utilised space much more effectively than the prior approach meaning many more units fitted onto a pallet. This translated to a logistics saving of a couple of million dollars annually; as a reward I was given a marginal increase in budget to design packaging that gave a much better user experience and initial client perception for the Airfit P10 product.

I am not sure what the Espy ROV design thesis did in terms of helping you think differently about AirFit P10 Packaging, but the output is phenomenal on both projects.
— MICK FARREL, CEO, RESMED
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See product video below

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personal Interests


personal Interests


I have a strong love for the outdoors and try to challenge myself as much as possible. I have passion for motorbikes, camping, cycling and running, I am currently in training for the Edinburgh marathon and am planning to do a half ironman later this year with my brother.

 

See some videos I put together for some of my motorcycle trips below.

Europe, Africa & the Arctic (25 Countries) - 21,000km

England, Scotland, Northern Ireland & Ireland - 2400km 


Another passion of mine is classic motorcycles. Here's my BMW R100/7 before and after I rebuilt it.