The highly competitive program, now in its 10th year, saw 16 innovative projects progress through the first round of judging to become semi-finalists. Eight of those semi-finalists have progressed through to become the finalists, with four each in the Mitsubishi Corporation Emerging Innovation category and the Mitsubishi Corporation Growth category. The Mitsubishi Corporation WA Innovator of the Year Overall Winner chosen from across both categories, and Emerging Innovation and Growth category winners, will be announced on 2 November 2016.
A list of the finalists and semi-finalists can be seen below or visit the WA Innovator of the Year website: http://gcio.wa.gov.au/initiatives/wa-ioty/
Beside the opportunity to obtain a cash prize as a category or overall winner, the finalists receive free media training, pitch presentation training and a video showcasing their innovative project, people and business.
The Mitsubishi Corporation WA Innovator of the Year is delivered by the State Government of Western Australia through the Office of the Government Chief Information Officer, and Mitsubishi Corporation has, for several years, been the principal sponsor of the program.
Since it’s inception, Watermark has been a proud a supporter of the Mitsubishi Corporation WA Innovator of the Year program. Watermark recognises the value that such programs bring to innovative businesses and individuals through showcasing new technology and capability, as well as the facilitation of business and government connections.
The 2016 Mitsubishi Corporation WA Innovator of the Year Finalists and Semi-finalists
Mitsubishi Corporation Emerging Innovation Category
Company: Segnut Pty Ltd (Mandurah): FINALIST
Innovation: Segnut: an industrial grade threaded nut combined with a rapid release mechanism to allow rapid and safe nut release where otherwise stuck nuts would cause delays and involve unsafe removal methods.
Company: Electronic Pain Assessment Technologies Pty Ltd (Subiaco): FINALIST
Innovation: ePAT: an electronic pain assessment tool, which utilises automated facial recognition technology to detect facial cues indicative of the presence of pain.
Company: Fastbrick Robotics Ltd (Walliston): FINALIST
Innovation: Fastbrick Robotic Hadrian: the worlds first fully automated 3D robotic bricklaying system.
Company: UWA and Botanic Gardens and Parks Authority (Crawley): FINALIST
Innovation: Flash flaming of seeds to improve land restoration: a device that repeatedly exposes seeds of wild plants species to a flame, in a precisely controlled fashion, to transform the ability to handle seeds that are needed to revegetate areas such as mine sites and degraded agricultural lands.
Company: Reservoir Rock Technologies Pty Ltd (Bentley)
Innovation: Reservoir Rock Technologies: an automated imaging, computer based process for analysis of core samples. Digital analysis is fast, highly accurate, has ability to analyse both hard and soft core samples and drill samples at reduced cost and with minimal skilled expertise.
Company: Cervical ChinUp Pty Ltd (Cottesloe)
Innovation: ChinUp™ Neck Support: an open-design neck support device that securely and comfortably blocks forward movement of the head and stabilises the head in its anatomically correct position.
Company: Marika Pty Ltd (Bateman)
Innovation: Use of optical density for the diagnosis of bone disease: a new paradigm in the diagnosis and treatment of bone fractures.
Company: Norwood Systems Ltd (Nedlands)
Innovation: World Wifi: technology opening up new data access options to travellers by enabling them to seamlessly get online at over 50 million Wi-Fi access points globally.
Company: REFLEX (Balcatta)
Innovation: REFLEX IQ-Logger: a hand-held structural logging solution, allowing geologists to collect structural readings on oriented diamond drill core – with increased speed of data collection and accuracy.
Mitsubishi Corporation Growth Category
Company: Furry Dice Pty Ltd (Leederville): FINALIST
Innovation: Instatruck: an on-demand truck matching service for customers with specific delivery requirements and owner/drivers who have delivery capacity.
Company: Global Grain Handling Solutions Pty Ltd (Spearwood): FINALIST
Innovation: Retro-fit open bulk head clamping system: a new grain storage structure clamping system to replace aging, low tech approaches to securely covering open bulk head grain storage facilities.
Company: Subsea Engineering Associates Pty Ltd (Perth): FINALIST
Innovation: ICE: a cloud-based intelligent computation, engineering and data platform for subsea systems to deliver detailed engineering insight for subsea systems faster, locally and at a lower cost.
Company: Tap Into Safety Pty Ltd (Gwelup): FINALIST
Innovation: Tap Into Safety training platform: a safety training application delivered through cross-platform, cloud-based applications, allowing for regular in-situ, self-paced training.
Company: Motium Pty Ltd (Bentley)
Innovation: TUFF Panel PC: a fully functional PC for rugged and harsh environments to suit a wide range of vehicles from small forklifts to large mining trucks.
Company: Norwood Systems Pty Ltd (Nedlands)
Innovation: World Phone: an app allowing customers to make and receive cost effective high quality calls locally and internationally, at home or abroad. World Phone also allows users to rent local numbers in over 70 countries, allowing for a seamless transition from their own number to a local number.
Company: Optika Solutions Pty Ltd (West Perth)
Innovation: Akumen: a cloud-based, disruptive, collaborative decision support platform and analytics framework that enables the integration of real-time, time-series, transactional data and historical data to make future based decisions through simulation and modelling.