In a four-hour awards ceremony – book ended by ‘startup industry band’ Blockchain Blues – WAITTA handed out their annual Incite awards to the ‘up and comers’ and top achievers in WA’s ICT industry on Friday night.
At a plush black tie do at the Perth Convention Centre, 550 people watched as ICT Minister David Kelly and iiNet founder – and now professional director – Michael Malone addressed the audience.
Michael admitted he was “trying to move back to WA… as my two boys, now aged 17 and 19, talk to me again.” Adding someone of his ilk to the local startup scene will be a boost, and he has already joined a WAITTA Advisory board and eGroup.
Meanwhile, awards were handed out aplenty.
Here’s a full list of winners and national iAward finalists:
STARTUP OF THE YEAR – Alerte Digital Health; NATIONAL iAWARDS FINALIST – udrew
DR MAL BRYCE WA TECH COMPANY OF THE YEAR
PEARCEY WA ENTREPRENEUR OF THE YEAR – Rob Nathan, Australian Tenders, won this award for his work with Australian Tenders, Vocus Upstart Tech Accelerator, eGroup, mentoring and advisory, and several angel investments.
A very worthy winner, his application was proposed by a former winner of this award Matt Macfarlane.
ACHIEVER OF THE YEAR – Derek Gerrard won the award for his work with – among other things – GreenSense, Purpose Ventures, Go Capital venture capital fund, Innovation Bay and his current work as Entrepreneur in Residence at RAC WA and Manager of the BetterLabs Venture fund.
PETER FILLERY BEST UNDERGRADUATE TERTIARY STUDENT PROJECT OF THE YEAR – Kira Molloy from Curtin University/Harry Perkins Institute of Medical Research for a preliminary program to visualise and manipulate OCT and Histology scans
RESEARCH & INNOVATION PROJECT OF THE YEAR – POSTGRADUATE TERTIARY STUDENT – Michael Stewart from The University of Western Australia for Aquila – Text Mining of Industry Logs
RESEARCH & INNOVATION PROJECT OF THE YEAR – INDUSTRY
MOST EFFECTIVE GOVERNMENT SOLUTION
MOST EFFECTIVE INFRASTRUCTURE SOLUTION
NATIONAL iAWARDS FINALISTS – Norwood Systems for World Voicemail – Transcribed Visual Voicemail Telco Platform; Telethon Kids Institute & Bizdata Pty Ltd for Momentum Empowering impact
MOST IMPACTFUL SOCIAL BENEFIT
MOST INNOVATIVE ENABLER IN HEALTH CARE – UWA for Noisy Guts
MOST TRANSFORMATIVE BUSINESS SOLUTION
MOST TRANSFORMATIVE IMPACT ON EDUCATION
For more information on the winners and national iAwards finalist, please view the WEBSITE.
For videos of each nominee, view the Youtube Channel.
MAIN PHOTO: Rob Nathan accepting his Entrepreneur of the Year Award. (Photo: Peter Dancewicz)
OFFICIAL PHOTOS of the Event: visit this Gallery.