Curtin University has taken out this year’s prestigious Mitsubishi Corporation WA Innovator of the Year (‘IOTY’) Award for its Ethylene blockers for reducing post-harvest losses in fresh fruit, vegetables and other horticultural products.
The 2017 IOTY winners were announced at a glittering Awards ceremony in Perth on Wednesday evening which was attended by the who’s who of innovation in WA. Speakers at the event included the Hon Dave Kelly MLA, Minister for Innovation and ICT, Professor Lyn Beazley AO FTSE and patron Professor Fiona Wood FRACS AM.
Now in its 11th year, the program, which is run by the Office of the Government Chief Information Officer, has celebrated some of WA’s most talented innovators who have gone on to commercialise new products and services, win new markets and disrupt old ones. The unique program represents collaboration at its best, bringing together a community of leaders in research, industry and government, all with a common goal of supporting and encouraging excellence in WA.
Mark Pullen, Principal, Watermark, who has been involved with IOTY since the program’s inception in 2006 and is a member of the IOTY Advisory Committee, said, “It is a privilege to be involved with the IOTY program, to recognise and encourage people who create solutions to technical and commercial problems that in turn invigorate business and commerce.”
“It was especially inspiring to present the Young Innovator of the Year Award, which recognises the talent of the next generation,” he said.
The Young Innovator of the Year Award is an exciting collaboration between the Innovator of the Year and the Just Start It programs. Just Start It, which has been running in WA since 2014, is a program designed to harness bright ideas and talent and coach high school students on how to create a Technology Start Up.
In congratulating the winning team from Como Secondary College for their development of TOLKA, a web and mobile interpreting app, Mr Pullen said “The Young Innovator of the Year Award provides opportunities for students to develop and grow their skills to enable a pathway for continuing renewal and development of our state’s technical and business capabilities. Skills that go beyond traditional school subjects, identifying problems, finding solutions, encouraging curiosity and ‘out of the box’ thinking. Team work, self reliance, responsibility and resilience are all valuable life skills.”
Winners of the other categories include:
Mitsubishi Corporation WA Innovator of the Year Overall Winner
Curtin University for its Ethylene blockers for reducing post-harvest losses in fresh fruit, vegetables and other horticultural products.
Mitsubishi Corporation Emerging Category Winner
Bortana Pty Ltd trading as Safescape for its Safescape Edge Protector
Mitsubishi Corporation Growth Category Winner
Rocks Gone Pty Ltd for its Rocks Gone Reefinator
Woodside Oil and Gas Encouragement Award
Picosat Systems Pty Ltd for its OzQube Overwatch
South32 Designing for Excellence Award
Onesun Pty Ltd for its Shutdown Maintenance Optimisation
Mr Pullen said “Watermark is delighted to be a long-standing and active supporter of the WA Innovator of the Year Awards. We congratulate all of the outstanding applicants who participated in this year’s program and, in particular, our client, Rocks Gone Pty Ltd, winner of the Mitsubishi Corporation Growth Category, for their Rocks Gone Reefinator, a towed implement that provides an economical solution to convert rocky, shallow land into deeper, productive, arable soils for broad-acre farmers.