Australian ICT companies have taken home and unprecedented number of awards at the Asia-Pacific Information Communications and Technology Alliance (APICTA) awards in Jakarta, Indonesia.
Three Australian companies - Soprana Gamma, The Virtual Dementia Experience and REVIEW - won awards, while QLiTE Information Technology Exchange, Peak Response and ICTinMe won merits.
AIIA chief executive, Suzanne Campbell, said Australia’s success at APICTA, achieving the most awards our delegation has ever won, illustrated the nation’s growing competitiveness in ICT on an international stage.
"These pioneering projects are making a significant impact on our society, and have set the benchmark for outstanding innovation for organisations at the cutting edge of technology internationally,” she said.
“Developing globally competitive products and services is vital to Australia’s success in the international digital economy, and it is imperative that our innovation system is supported to ensure Australia is able to both maintain and continue to grow its competitiveness.”
The Australian delegation competed against finalists from 13 economies across the Asia-Pacific region in 17 categories including E-Learning, Communications and Sustainability and Environmental Technology. The delegation included winners of the national iAwards hosted in Melbourne, Victoria in August.
Virtual Dementia Experience, a project by Alzheimer’s Australia Vic which uses multi-sensory simulation to create a virtual reality experience of dementia for care staff, was recognised as international winner of the E-Learning Category.
Maree McCabe, CEO Alzheimer’s Australia Vic, chief executive, Maree McCabe, said she was honoured to have received the international APICTA Education E-Learning Award, which demonstrated the organisations commitment to improving healthcare outcomes for the community.
“Alzheimer’s Australia Vic is dedicated to bringing plans, innovations and best practices into reality and the example of our team’s Virtual Dementia Experience has succeeded in putting dementia care education at the forefront of Victorian healthcare,” she said.
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Soprano Gamma, an innovative new secure mobile messaging app for business, was awarded first place in the Communications category.
Soprano Design chief executive, Horden Wiltshire, said the firm was extremely proud to earn this prestigious award in the highly competitive Asian region.
“On the heels of our Appsters award in Europe, this honour reinforces that Soprana Gamma is a uniquely innovative and secure technology that meets global enterprise mobile messaging customer demand," he said.
“The APICTA Award further validates the relevance of Soprana Gamma for the Asian telecommunications sector and provides visibility for us in Asia for enterprise customers that are seeking an interactive mobile messaging solution.”