Curtin University team wins WA Innovator of the Year award


TOLKA team Tae Young Ham (left), Mathew van Bueren, Raj Pandya, Quincy Kusnady and Ahmed Al-Dvlim.
TOLKA team Tae Young Ham (left), Mathew van Bueren, Raj Pandya, Quincy Kusnady and Ahmed Al-Dvlim.

AN inventive method of prolonging the freshness of fruit and vegetables has won Curtin University this year’s WA Innovator of the Year award.

Curtin will share in the $145,000 prize money as well as receiving mentoring and training to help commercialise its ethylene blocking compounds.

Como Secondary College Year 10 students also took out an award as Young Innovator of the Year for their interpretation app TOLKA.

As part of the Just Start It program, Eito Kito (16), Ahmed Al-Dvlim (15), Tae Young Ham (15), Mathew van Bueren (16), Quincy Kusnady (15) and Raj Pandya (15) designed and coded the app aimed at second language learners.

The app allows users to connect with professional interpreters in real time, anytime via a Skype-like platform, to help them navigate everyday situations.

Winners

Emerging Innovation Category: Safescape
Growth Category: Rocks Gone Pty Ltd
Encouragement Award: Picosat Systems Pty Ltd
Designing for Excellence Encouragement Award: Onesun Pty Ltd

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