Wednesday, 5 October 2016
Innovation Minister Bill Marmion today announced the winners of the Start IT Up WA Challenge and said the challenge showcased potential technology-based solutions to Government problems.
"This challenge offered a pool of $100,000 to successful participants, with the winners securing an opportunity to develop, beta test and demonstrate the commercial viability of projects in collaboration with a State Government agency," Mr Marmion said.
"One of three winners - Kindom - links health, education and social services, allowing a parent to have all of their child's medical records, prescriptions, school reports and development charts at their fingertips.
"Governments should be the first customers for innovation - new approaches enable us to optimise interaction with Government agencies and improve services to the community.
"This process also means we can provide a reference site or 'starting point' for startups that will allow them to commercialise their ideas."
The Start IT Up WA Challenge is one of the first programs to be delivered through the State Government's $20 million innovation package.
The Minister said the package was aimed at encouraging innovation more broadly across the Western Australian economy.
"Innovation is about new ideas and new jobs, not just in new industries but also in existing industries, finding ways to re-tool and re-engineer the way we perform tasks, create products and deliver services," he said.
"Changing the way we work, and doing things differently for better results, is extremely important to the future of WA."
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