Cairns innovators 'appy' to take top award
A SOFTWARE application that turns any i-device into a mobile checklist-style database has taken top honours at the 2012 Tropical Innovation Awards.Inspection Apps won the $10,000 cash prize as Innovation of the Year when the awards were announced last night at the Cairns Convention Centre.
Submitted as an established innovation, Inspection Apps is a business tool that allows the entry of data directly into a centralised resource via an iPad or iPhone. It was created by Matthew Hanson and Darryl Posgate, who developed it from their pool inspection app.
It is a scheduler, an email and document tracker and a forward planner, and it can automatically invoice, create any layout PDF report and automatically request repair quotes. Mayor Bob Manning said the Cairns-based product "ticked all the boxes".
"While the judges would not have had an easy time choosing a winner from the 91 entries, the feedback is that, when assessed against the key criteria, Inspection Apps did not disappoint," he said.
Category winners: 1. JCU Innovation of the Year: Inspection Apps, 2. Cairns Chamber of Commerce People's Choice: Pocket Cricket, 3. Sea Swift TNQ Innovation: Anchor Release Mechanism, 4. ARUP Established Innovation: The Clip Slip, 5. WHK & MacDonnells Law Emerging Innovation: Original Survival Swag, 6. Expressway Signs & Printworks Community Innovation: Going Places Homeless Program, 7. Barron Gorge Hydro Stanwell Youth Innovation: Waterwise Warrior
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HANDY TOOL: Matthew Hanson and Darryl Posgate won Innovation of the Year with their Inspection Apps business tool.