Victorian start-up takes out top spot at national iAwards
Victoria's Minister for Jobs, Innovation and Trade, Martin Pakula opened the iAwards and presented Melbourne-based INWENTECH with the $10,000 Victorian Government Inspiration of the Year Award.
Founder, Inventor and EO of INWENTECH Chuan-Dong Wen won the award for his revolutionary medical device, ChestPhan-4D, designed to improve radiotherapy imaging and treatment of lung, liver and breast cancer.
Minister Jobs, Innovation and Trade Martin Pakula announced the award saying, “it’s fantastic that the national iAwards have once again been hosted by Melbourne – Australia’s tech city and an increasingly important tech hub in the Asia-Pacific.”
The Minister went on to say, “this event is a celebration of the talented entrepreneurs, technologists and innovators who are excelling in their field right across Australia.”
ChestPhan-4D: A Dynamic Phantom to Fight Cancer
Victorian Government Inspiration of the Year and Industrial and Primary Industries iAwards Winner
INWENTECH invented an award-winning medical device, ChestPhan-4D, which improves radiotherapy imaging and treatment of lung/liver/breast cancers for better tumor targeting and location movement induced by the patient's respiration. Patented worldwide and having entered the European Union market, this product will revolutionise the radiotherapy quality assurance practice and benefit many patients by improving treatment outcome.
Victoria on show
Other Victorian organisations who received a gong at the iAwards included:
- Baz Palmer from Weyo and Evan Davey from Two Bulls took out the Consumer Markets Award for their collaboration on the children's app, 'The Wiggles, Fun Times with Faces'
- James Mullins, CEO and CTO of FLAIM Systems took out the Startup of the Year Award for the company's VR enabled firefighter training simulator, Flaim Trainer. Collected by Jacqui Mullins pictured below.
- Lucinda Hartley and Jessica Christiansen-Franks, Co-founders of Neighbourlytics took out the gong for the Business Service Markets category.
Victorian iAward winners (l-r) Weyo & Two Bulls, FLAIM, Neighbourlytics, Department of Health and Human Services.
iAward recipients will go on to represent Australia at the Asia Pacific ICT Awards (APICTA) in Vietnam 18-23 November.
The Victorian Government has sponsored the Australian Information Industry Association iAwards since 2008 and is committed to events that nurture Victoria’s digital tech and ICT ecosystem. The AIIA has also located its national headquarters in Melbourne, showing confidence in Victoria’s world-class digital tech, ICT and innovation sector.
Tech's Night of Nights
The annual iAwards is the Australian ICT industry night of nights that brings people across the country to celebrate Australian innovation.
AIIA’s National iAwards is one of Victoria’s long list of high-profile tech and innovation events hosted in Melbourne as part of the government’s Digital Innovation Festival (DIF). Running for two weeks, the DIF hosts more than 400 events across metropolitan and regional Victoria, covering everything from artificial intelligence and the future of work to agtech, running a startup, coding and robotics.
The iAwards and DIF are also an opportunity to highlight the vibrant Victorian tech sector. ICT employs more than 137,900 people across more than 19,300 businesses generating $36.6 billion in annual revenue.