Winners announced for the 2016 Start IT Up WA Challenge
The Start IT Up WA Challenge is an early initiative being delivered against the State Government’s $20 million innovation package.
The Start IT Up WA Challenge aims to nurture innovative, technology-based solutions to government problems, and build capability within the Western Australian start-up community.
The Challenge offered a pool of $100,000 to successful applicants, in addition to securing an opportunity to develop, beta test and demonstrate the commercial viability of projects in collaboration with a State Government agency.
54 responses were received covering a wide range of topics including conserving water, data analytics, drone technology, improving building approvals, energy trading, road safety and document management.
The Challenge is the first step towards governments becoming the first customers for innovation, as new approaches enable us to optimise interaction with Government agencies and improve services to the community. The Challenge will also assist the winners along their path from ideation to commercialisation.
All of Me were awarded $20,000 for their mental health awareness and evaluation application. The early intervention app uses animation and customised scenario examples to work through mental health topics and offer strategies, help, advice and individual assessments.
Hacker Pals were awarded $30,000 for their project Binary Crate. Binary Crate is a secure, cloud-based in browser integrated development environment to help students learn programming and coding to create innovative new ideas and products for the future.
KinChip Systems Pty Ltd were awarded $50,000 for their project Kindom™. Kindom™ links health, education and social services, allowing a parents to have all of their child’s medical records, prescriptions, school reports and development charts at their fingertips.
All winners will have the opportunity to incubate their projects within a relevant Government agency.
Congratulations to all the winners and applicants to the Start IT Up WA Challenge 2016. We would encourage anyone with an innovative solution to a government problem to apply next year.
Applications closed 4pm 24 August 2016. Winners were announced by the Minister for Innovation Bill Marmion on 4 October 2016.
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