Innovative urban solutions were on the agenda when TIQ’s largest ever delegation to Taiwan visited the Smart City Summit and Expo in April.

The 33-strong Queensland delegation included 6 mayors and deputy mayors, 4 peak bodies, 4 economic development agencies and 7 exporters.

Innovative exporters joining the mission included Toowoomba-based FridgeBrain, which makes a  ‘smart vaccine’ refrigerator that includes automated remote monitoring.

FridgeBrain Director Brendan McDonald said the Taiwan trip was a valuable experience.

‘I have ideas to take home and a few good contacts with those companies to expand our services in Australia,’ he said.

FridgeBrain’s Vaccine Fridge delivers real-time alerts and automatic temperature logging to a portal. An SMS alert is sent if a door is left open or power goes out so that valuable vaccines can be saved.

Vaccine Fridge is being trialled in medical practices and pharmacies thanks to a $100,000 grant from Advance Queensland’s Ignite Ideas Fund.

Queensland Trade and Investment Commissioner for Taiwan, Patrick Hafenstein, said the large delegation for the mission showed the state’s commitment to the Taiwan market and that Queensland is serious about innovation.

‘Having delegations like this come to Taiwan is very important for strengthening the relationship between our two regions,’ he said.

‘Developing innovative partnerships will help grow both the Queensland economy and the Taiwan economy through co-creation and co-production.’

The mission program included a mayors’ summit attended by more than 120 leaders from cities around the world, site visits and networking events, and dozens of business-matching meetings.

It was a joint initiative of the Local Government Association of Queensland, TIQ, Austrade and the Australian Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade.

International showcase events are one of the initiatives identified in the Queensland Trade and Investment Strategy 2017–2022.