Queensland tech tackles Mother Nature 

Queensland company FloodMapp has responded to increasingly intense global weather events by designing a real-time flood forecasting and mapping product. 

FloodMapp’s software, DASH, aims to reduce the impact of floods by providing information rapidly to help emergency responders, governments and others to make informed decisions prior to natural disasters occurring.  

Using over one billion data points and groundbreaking proprietary hydraulic models to create flood data, FloodMapp is the most accurate flood map forecasting technology in the world. 

With CEO Juliette Murphy, a water resources engineer, and software developer Ryan Prosser at the helm, the company has caught the attention of disaster preparation, government, utilities, transport and insurance sectors in the US. 

Established in late 2016, FloodMapp found themselves being accepted into international tech startup accelerator programs and receiving cash injections from investors overseas. 

The prestigious programs included the RISE Urban Mobility Resilience Challenge in Virginia, and the Joules Accelerator in North Carolina (supported by partners including Microsoft and Duke Energy), that helps startups broaden their commercialisation opportunities. 

The company applied to the programs based on recommendations from Trade and Investment Queensland representatives, in Brisbane and in San Francisco.  

“We’ve been blown away by TIQ’s support – it's wonderful to have this agency that’s really looking after innovative startups and connecting them to export opportunities in the USA,” Juliette Murphy said.  

“Honestly, if it wasn’t for TIQ, these opportunities would never have come across our desk”.