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Incite Awards: WA winners take national awards

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// // 22 WA winners and merits were awarded last month, some of which have since won national iAwards...

The 32nd INCITE Awards Winners & Merit awards were handed out on 4th August at a plush gala dinner at The Westin in Perth, and then one of the winners went on to win the national iAwards, with at least one other winning a merit award in Sydney last week.

Last year, IoT device and platform company XSights walked off with an Innovator of the Year award, and this year, the company won not only the Research and Innovation (Industry) Award the Incite, they went and won the national iAward in the same category. See picture above of Minister Dawson grabbing a selfie with the team at Incite back in August.

Also, over in Sydney last week, Social Impact winner Ascend Health was awarded a merit in their national category.

Incite Awards: WA winners take national awards
Zach Nielsen (centre) with Ascend’s national merit award, with speech pathologist Kat Tran (left) and lead developer Ania Czekaj (right).

Full List of Incite Award 2023 Winners

Congrats to the following:

The Achiever award is the INCITE Awards’ peak award and recognises an individual’s outstanding contribution to the ICT industry in WA. Nominees may include a Western Australian educator who has shown excellence in ICT education and demonstrated exceptional outcomes for both students and employers. Past winners have included IS managers, academics and persons who have built significant ICT organisations in WA.

The Pearcey Western Australian Entrepreneur Award recognises an individual who has made an outstanding contribution to the Western Australian ICT Industry. It is aimed at finding an outstanding entrepreneur who has “taken a risk”, “made a difference” and “is an inspiration”

Incite Awards: WA winners take national awards
Entrepreneur of the Year Pia Turcinov with husband Andrew Throsell.

Global Drone Solutions, Mahmood Hussein

This award recognises the growing range of sectors and markets in Western Australia and the positive impact of technology in the State. The Dr Mal Bryce WA Tech Company is a leader in the industry, making an outstanding contribution to the diverse economy of Western Australia, standing in its own right while changing and transforming industry.

WINNER – Airborne IT, Marc French
WAITTA’s inaugural Digital Inclusion award, The Connected State, recognises organisations that have significantly contributed to expanding digital access and use for all Western Australians, thus bridging the digital divide.

WINNEREdith Cowan University, Immersive Violence and Aggression De-escalation Experience (IVADE) for frontline healthcare professionals
IVADE is a clinician-focused, easily accessible immersive virtual reality training program enabling healthcare professionals to practice early aggression identification and de-escalation techniques. With a flexible, standardised delivery format and branching narrative structure, users are confronted by a realistic simulation of a high-risk aggressive patient while situated in a low-risk environment.

WINNER – Curtin University, Privacy Preserving Fall Detection
Falls are a pervasive cause of injury and death, with higher mortality rates among the elderly population in unsupervised environments. This project aims to combine edge-processing and AI technologies to detect falls effectively to promptly alert emergency services while preserving the privacy of fall victims.

MERIT – Curtin University, IoT Sensor For Home Automation
Introducing Dualitee: a customizable, open-source IoT sensor system that revolutionizes home automation. Harnessing AI-driven analysis, Dualitee predicts environmental metrics and optimizes smart devices for enhanced energy efficiency and user comfort. Transform your living space with Dualitee—embracing sustainability and intelligent control in a connected world.

MERIT – Curtin University, Polar
Polar is a unique app designed for environmentally conscious individuals who want to make a positive impact on the environment. The app features personalized carbon tracking, educational resources, and gamification, making it both engaging and effective. Users can easily track and input their carbon output with suggestions to decrease it.

WINNER – University of Western Australia
, Human Gesture and Gait Analysis for Autism Detection
Imagine transforming the way autism is diagnosed and revolutionizing early intervention strategies instead of waiting up to 2-years just to get the diagnosis. My AI solution analyses gait and gesture patterns, revealing unique autism traits. This innovative approach utilizes skeleton videos for private and non-intrusive autism prediction and severity assessments.

MERIT – The University of Western Australia
Universal Localization and object detection in High Definition Maps for autonomous vehicles
We propose an innovative self-supervised learning LiDAR method for precise localization and object detection in challenging outdoor environments, such as mining sites. Later, we extended our work to include other modalities, e.g., Camera and Radar. Additionally, we introduce the Perth-WA localization dataset, which provides a large-scale Perth LiDAR map.

WINNER Xsights Digital Pty Ltd
XIoT Health Tag for Livestock Health and Welfare Monitoring
“Xsights has developed the XIoT Health Tag for real-time health & welfare monitoring of livestock.

The patented XIoT Tag is an encapsulated three core silicon processor, which includes integrated sensing, security, processing, and a Bluetooth transmitter, that sits between an animals’ ear & standard ear tag to enable real-time & automated data collection.”

MERIT – Edith Cowan University, School of Science, Renaware
Renaware is the applied software that provide rapid assessment and detection of anomalies in renal cancer cells, providing for the early assessment of cancer. Some forms of renal cancer are aggressive and this software provides health care professionals with decisive idetification in advance of standard annoted cancer cell practices

MERIT – Abtulus – VentiWatch
Respiratory failure is deadly but treatable with a bag-valve-mask (BVM). BVMs are common and save lives, but they have a flaw: no control for ventilation rate and volume. This can harm patients or kill them. VentiWatch is our solution: a device that monitors ventilation and guides rescuers to ventilate properly.

MERIT – Edith Cowan University, School of Science, Honey in Depth
Honey-In Depth is a Token-based system of realising the value of threat modelling that includes a defence in depth layering approach to identify and monitor threats using a novel method of alignment that both recognises and slows the development of threats. It is especially effective on IoT devices.


WINNER – Conifr Technologies
Our solution is an integrated software platform for mid-sized organisations to incorporate all of their structured and unstructured information to extract insights on emissions activities. We focus on getting environmental data to decision makers to highlight areas of sustainability and operational improvements to drive efficiencies and cost savings.

MERIT – Industrial Metaverse
Industrial Metaverse provides cutting-edge soft skills training solutions, leveraging Virtual Reality (VR) technology, to enhance employee skills and knowledge in areas such as sexual harassment and suicide prevention. Our VR training solutions are safe, engaging, and cost-effective, improving staff retention and engagement, creating a skilled, empowered workforce that drives success.

WINNER – Ascend Health Group

Ascend Health is revolutionizing community healthcare by bridging workforce and quality-care gaps in disability. Ascend Health’s cutting-edge software connects uni-students studying health with therapists and NDIS clients, automating administration and scaling up quality services. Gamified quality control tools ensure high staff retention rates and top-quality long-term care for NDIS participants.

MERIT – Glossy Boys
Buying nail polish as a lad used to suck. With Glossy Boys at home Xtreme-wear gel nail polish lads have a wicked purchase experience. Glossy Boys aims to reduce shame around gender non-conforming self-expression and rad acceptance for lads seeking a fun way to express themselves.

WINNER – Edith Cowan University, School of Science, Renaware
Renaware is the applied software that provide rapid assessment and detection of anomalies in renal cancer cells, providing for the early assessment of cancer. Some forms of renal cancer are aggressive and this software provides health care professionals with decisive identification in advance of standard annoted cancer cell practices.

MERIT – Total-Ex – The Live HAVD
Does your site have Explosive Hazardous Areas? Do you struggle with maintaining compliance to regulations?
Total-Ex is a software package that manages your site’s compliance to regulations and standards and the competence of your personnel.
Your single source of Truth – online HAVD.

ADAPT has developed an Owner Leader Operating System (SaaS) for Owners / Leaders of SMEs, empowering them to build resilient businesses.

MERIT – Realising-Potential, ConnectXR
Realising Potential has developed a novel innovation in ConnectXR by enhancing their 7 Key Elements methodology to help organisations gain greater insights and better understanding simply through better visibility of their Corporate data.


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