Pearcey Awards 2016
October 31st, 2016 by Joshie Hwang
Australia is innovative nation that has been endlessly producing amazing inventions. Solar power, Wi-fi, bionic ears, pacemakers, electric drills and plastic money were born in the sunburnt country. We are a nation of grassroots innovation supported by amazing people.
There are many outstanding foundations that aim to reinforce the growth of Australia's’ innovation. The Pearcey Foundation is one which focuses on the Information Communications Technology (ICT) industry.
The 2016 Pearcey foundation’s awards celebrated three different levels of entrepreneurship: Entrepreneurs, Tertiary students/Researchers and High school students.
The highlight of these awards is the celebration of young innovative entrepreneurs and the future of innovation in Australia via the Young ICT Explorers program such as the Hi-Viz Bike (feature photo by High Viz Bikes) that aims to make bike riding in cities safer by actively warning cars when they are too close to bikes. This amazing product was invented by Callum and Declan Predavec who are sons of one of Saasu’s earliest customers Evan Predavec.
The winner from tertiary student and researcher section was Will Pazos from UNSW, he presented his project “Moments”.
The Pearcey Foundation has been encouraging the growth of the ICT and digital media industries in Australia by giving awards to entrepreneurs who have "taken a risk", "made a difference" and "been an inspiration".
This year there were nine awards:
- Sentral Education - Geoff & Peta Byers
- Avoka - Phil Copeland
- Saasu - Marc Lehmann
- Digivizer - Emma Lo Russo
- Expert360 - Bridget Loudon, Emily Yue
- Showpo - Jane Lu
- Tyro - Jost Stollman, Andrew Rothwell, Peter Haig, Paul Wood
- Invoice2Go - Chris Strode
The NSW Pearcey winner was Richard White who is the founder and CEO of WiseTechGlobal
It was great to see that innovation in Australia is alive and thriving with our next generation entrepreneurs.