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The APICTA iAwards

The Asia Pacific ICT Alliance (APICTA) is an alliance of 16 member-economies from the Asia Pacific region. The aim of APICTA is to build a mutually cooperative network; enhance technology innovations, capability and adoption; and encourage the development of ICT solutions for the global market.

Their APICTA Awards is an international awards program, which aims to increase ICT awareness in the community and assist in bridging the digital divide. APICTA member-countries take turns in hosting the annual Awards Program. In 2019, the APICTA Awards will be held in Hanoi, Vietnam, see here for more information.

Take the international stage

National iAwards winners and merit recipients have the option to take the international stage at the Asia Pacific ICT Awards. As the only truly international ICT awards in Australia, winners of the National iAwards have the opportunity to support home-grown talent, compete with businesses from across the Asia Pacific region and achieve international exposure.

With the support and participation of 16 member-countries from the Asia Pacific region, the annual APICTA competition, where all entrants are already winners of ICT related award schemes in member economies, is regarded as a quality, prestigious and ‘best-of-the-best’ award. It offers top innovators and technologies the opportunity to shine on a global platform, and pitch for the chance to receive a highly coveted international ICT award.

Meet the 2019 APICTA Awards Entrants

A huge congratulations to our 2019 National iAwards participants whose technology innovations has enabled them to be showcased at an international level at the 2019 APICTA Awards – the nominees are:

Collective Care – Seton Catholic College & Just Start It Team

Collective Care is the brainchild of one student Shannon Griffin from Seton Catholic College in WA.  Shannon built the concept off the back of her own experience of her grandfather being diagnosed with Parkinson's disease.  Her family struggled to find the time in their full time schedules to accommodate the additional needs of their very loved "Poppy".  Collective Care is a much needed system in a world where many families are choosing to self manage the care of loved ones in need.  Collective Care's first iteration has been built and is in Beta Test Phase at the moment.  It will roll out to market in 2020 with the help of the Just Start It Team.

Sunny by Tigerspike

The native mobile application called Sunny is an app that uses the power of story to recognise and respond to violence and abuse, connecting women with and without intellectual disabilities to the support and services they need. Tigerspike was commissioned by 1800RESPECT (Medibank Health Solutions) to research, design and build Sunny.

Nextvax – by Sacred Heart College

In 1796, Edward Jenner created a medical revolution. A way to prevent and possibly eradicate deadly diseases with one simple injection. 223 years later, we still are not up to date with their vaccination. NextVax, is an innovative simple to use app that assists you through the immunology process. After signing up, you can access the many features our app provides. Information on vaccines, an immunology calendar, information on travel vaccines, personalised history of vaccines, a book appointment function and reminders will be available for our app users, depending on their subscription.

Basin Futures - CSIRO

Basin Futures seeks to deliver data, information and new knowledge to empower water planners to evaluate changes in their water resources. Our objective is to improve the well-being of people and to secure water and food supplies through targeted investments in water. We do this by using global data and models, running in the cloud, delivered through a web application. Users can explore any basin, anywhere in the world, to estimate water availability and water use. Basin Futures incorporates models for rainfall-runoff, hydropower production, irrigated crops, industrial and domestic water use and environmental flows. Users can evaluate and visualise scenarios for climate change, new dams, population change and agricultural development.

Huon - AI-based autonomous offshore aquaculture feeding system

The Huon AI-based autonomous offshore aquaculture feeding system uses a combination of industrial automation and artificial intelligence (AI) to autonomously control feed rates in offshore fish farms by identifying and tracking feed pellets within in the water column using machine vision and machine learning.
The system means that at any one time, just four people are remotely feeding (from Hobart) every one of our fish regardless of location (Huon River, Storm Bay or Macquarie Harbour), which also creates a safer working environment particularly when the weather is too rough to operate from a feed barge. It also helps minimise the impact on the environment by preventing overfeeding resulting in less seafloor waste.

vlo Medical -  Early detection of Lymphoedema to reduce hospitalisation and disability

vlo Medical is a Medical Technology Start Up, born out of the University of Sydney, aimed at reducing the hospitalisation and disability rate caused by later stage Lymphoedema through constant monitoring. This new application will streamline the current diagnostic process and detect the lymphoedema symptoms before it occurs via machine learning.  Vlo Medical was judged to have to developed a scalable innovative solution for the diagnosis and early detection of a significant side effect of cancer that effects some 200,000 Australians and more than 200 million patients worldwide.

The scanning and data driven solution will mean that patients will be able to be diagnosed and treated earlier and more effectively and hopefully have a better quality of life. For the doctors and specialists, vlo Medical allows the medical fraternity the ability to treat more patients both in practice and virtually, at a significantly reduced cost. Vlo Medical relies on artificial intelligence and deep learning to predict the onset of lymphoedema. The concept can be replicated for other medical treatments such as Skin Cancer or Diabetes.

A preliminary program to visualise and manipulate OCT and Histology scan - Kira Molloy / Curtin University/Harry Perkins Institute of Medical Research

This project has replaced the highly laborious system of analysing OCT scans currently employed by researchers (which required extensive hard-coding and MATLAB knowledge) with a more user-friendly method of examining entire volumes of OCT scans, complete with elasticity overlay analysis tools allowing for the locating and identifying of cancerous tumours.
The software Ms Molloy created enables researchers and pathologists to efficiently view, rotate and overlay images from OCT scans, imagery that shows the tissue structure underneath the surface of the skin, and compare this to histology scans, imagery that shows the microscopic tissue structure, to identify tumours.

We are incredibly proud not only of your participation in the 2019 National iAwards Program, but to represent Australia’s home-grown talent on the international stage at the 2019 APICTA Awards – Best of luck to all of you!