The who’s who of innovation gathered in Perth last night to celebrate the 10 year anniversary of the WA Innovator of the Year program.
Perth-based Fastbrick Robotics Ltd took out the prestigious Mitsubishi Corporation WA Innovator of the Year 2016 award with their development of Hadrian X, the world’s first commercially viable 3D robotic bricklaying system.
The Hon Bill Marmion MLA, Minister for State Development; Transport; Innovation, led the proceedings with the release of the State’s first ever Innovation Strategy. Minister Marmion said that the WA Innovator of the Year Awards remain at the heart of the Innovation Strategy which aims to retain, attract and develop innovative and entrepreneurial talent and skills through activities and programs developed to engage the brightest minds.
Other speakers at the event included WA Innovator of the Year Patron, Winthrop Professor Fiona M Wood FRACS AM and Chair of the WA Innovator of the Year Advisory Committee, Professor Lyn Beazley AO FTSE.
Watermark has been a long-time supporter the WA Innovator of the Year program, with Mark Pullen, Principal, having been involved as a member of the Advisory Committee and judge since the program’s inception in 2006.
This year, Mark joined a group of influential and progressive individuals who comprise the current Advisory Committee, including Professor Lyn Beazley AO FTSE, Patria Jafferies, The Honourable Dr Ken Michael AC, Former Governor of Western Australia, Dr Brad Pettit, Mayor of Fremantle, and Peter Millington, CEO of ChemCentre.
Over the past 10 years, the program, which is run by the Office of Government Chief Information Officer of the WA state government, has showcased some of Western Australia’s most talented innovators who have gone on to commercialise new products and services, win new markets and disrupt old ones. The support of major industry players, such as Mitsubishi Corporation, has been instrumental to the success and longevity of the program.
Winners of other categories include:
Emerging Innovation Category: The University of Western Australia, the Botanic Gardens & Parks Authority’s flash flaming of seeds to improve land restoration.
Growth Category: Furry Dice Pty Ltd’s Instatruck, an on-demand truck matching service (available on iPhone and desktop) which match customers’ specific delivery requirements to pre-screened owner operator trucks with spare capacity.
Woodside Encouragement Award: Subsea Engineering Associates Pty Ltd, The ICE Platform, a cloud-based software platform to deliver detailed engineering insight for subsea systems faster, locally and at lower cost.
Perth Convention Bureau Travel Award: Electronic Pain Assessment Technologies Pty Ltd’s ePAT, a real-time pain assessment through facial recognition technology for patients who cannot verbally communicate.
Mark Pullen said “Watermark is proud to be an active supporter of the WA Innovator of the Year Awards. We congratulate all of the outstanding applicants who participated in this year’s program. Our congratulations to the finalists in particular, including Segnut Pty Ltd, a Watermark client that has developed new segmented nut technology that significantly reduces downtime in removing studs and bolts.”
“The WA Innovator of the Year Awards program, which continues to go from strength to strength, plays a critical role in identifying and supporting some WA’s finest innovators.”
“In addition to the significant financial assistance provided to winners to help them commercialise their ideas, participants in the program receive mentoring and invaluable networking opportunities, all of which encourage these businesses to thrive in the innovation ecosystem.”