Western Australia’s top information and communications technology (ICT) talent has been showcased at the 28th annual WA Information Technology and Telecommunications Alliance (WAITTA) INCITE Awards.
The contributions of individuals and organisations were celebrated across a wide variety of categories. Innovation in the health care industry was a particular highlight, with The University of Western Australia’s dual award-winning ‘Noisy Guts’ project expected to revolutionise the way gut problems such as irritable bowel syndrome are diagnosed.
The Water Corporation and Optika Solutions won the Most Effective Government Solution Award for their H2OME program which utilised technology, including digital meters, to conduct the world’s most advanced water use study to improve supply planning and help secure WA’s water future.
Achiever of the Year award winner, Derek Gerrard was recognised for his commitment to supporting and growing local ICT enterprise. Mr Gerrard is advisor and director at Purpose Ventures which has contributed funding of $23 million to support WA’s technology sector.
The Western Australian government is a major partner in the WAITTA Awards, which provides pathways to national awards programs affording further opportunities to showcase WA innovation.
“The WAITTA INCITE Awards have helped solidify Western Australia’s reputation for producing ingenious, innovative solutions. I congratulate all the finalists and winners on their achievements,” said state innovation, ICT and science minister Dave Kelly.
“The McGowan Government is committed to supporting growth in the technology sector by making it easier for small businesses and start-ups to develop and commercialise their ICT innovations.”