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Queensland shines at The Australian Innovation Awards

The Australian Innovation Challenge showcases our country’s best and brightest ideas, and this year Queensland took home four out of the seven awards.

Congratulations to the four Queensland winners, who are collectively putting our state on the national and global stages—turning great ideas and innovations into investment ready products and businesses.

Winning the award for Young Innovator, Monica Davis has tackled the global issue of food waste by developing an app which connects food retailers with surplus food, to customers and charities. Rumbl allows customer to buy unsold food at discounted prices or charities to claim it, and is intended to reduce the volume of organic waste that goes to landfill, thereby reducing the environmental impact.

A team led by PhD student Shin Yin from James Cook University won the Manufacturing, Construction and Innovation award category. In collaboration with Townsville-based company Fibercon, they have developed an eco-friendly concrete product with environmental and financial benefits. Using industrial plastic waste, the technology has created plastic fibres that are strong enough to replace the steel mesh in concrete footpaths.

Tim O’Hare of The University of Queensland took out the Environment, Agriculture and Food award category with a nutritionally enhanced sweet corn which can prevent blindness. The sweet corn variety contains ten times the amount of naturally occurring antioxidant zeaxanthin and can slow the onset of macular degeneration. It should be available in supermarkets in the next few years.

Lastly, Juliette Wright who won the Education and Community Services category award with her online charity platform GIVIT, which connects those in need with those willing to give. Through GIVIT, charities can list the urgent needs of their clients and members of the community can go online and list the quality items they have available to gift. The GIVIT portal then automatically matches charities requests with donor pledges.

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Last updated
18 July, 2017

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