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Portable PPB strikes gold at Innovator of the Year

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WAIOTY Overall winner 2023
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A high-tech portable gold detector has caught the judges’ eye at this year’s prestigious WA Innovator of the Year Awards.

Innovation and Digital Economy Minister Stephen Dawson commended Portable PPB on taking out the top prize for their highly sensitive detector, which was among a field of 17 finalists vying for the title.

Other winners included a device to treat chronic ear infections for children at home and an autonomous solar cleaning robotics system.

Portable PPB strikes gold at Innovator of the Year

On behalf of the Cook Government, I congratulate our six winners as well as all the other finalists that took part in this year’s Innovator of the Year awards.
The six winners, who will share in a total prize pool of $220,000, showcase the variety of impressive innovations across many industries which are being developed here in Western Australia.

Minister for Innovation, Stephen Dawson MLC
WAIOTY winners 2023
Winners and finalists from 2023 WA Innovator of the Year program. Photo – JTSI.

As well as the overall winner Portable PPB, the other winners in the five categories, who share in the $200K prize pool are:

  • Rio Tinto Emerging Innovation Category WinnerEarflo for their device which treats chronic ear infections for children at home;
  • Rio Tinto Growth Innovation Category WinnerLeisure Technologies Pty Ltd for their wireless towing and anti-theft system;
  • Business News ‘Great for the State’ Platinum AwardReliis Ltd for their Aqueous Quetiapine solution;
  • Wesfarmers Wellbeing Platinum AwardInspiring Holdings Pty Ltd for their Novel Universal Spacer System; and
  • Woodside Energy Platinum Award for EnergyInnovationInnovation Energy Solutions for their autonomous solar cleaning robotics.

Prior to the awards ceremony each finalist was able to take part in a wide variety of training and development workshops to help grow their innovation as well as receive professional photography and videos.

You can view more photos and videos of each winner at the WA Innovator of the Year website.


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