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2017 APAC Finalists

Best Idea - One to Watch

SecureVote

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Finalist Best Idea - One to Watch

SecureVote

SecureVote is a Sydney based startup founded to develop the world’s most scalable, secure, and resilient voting system, designed for smartphone.

SecureVote will address the problems currently associated with pen and paper voting, as well as with existing digital voting methods, by taking advantage of industry leading technology and proprietary innovations of our own.

SecureVote’s mission is to ‘democratise the world’.

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Emudent

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Finalist Best Idea - One to Watch

Emudent

Dentistry has always been dull, costly, painful, time consuming and in short supply.

Emudent is on a mission to reinvent dentistry. We have developed a patented cutting edge concept to automate dental treatment and unleash the true potential of dentistry.

Powered by state of the art imagery, microturbines and ultra-smart software; diagnosis and treatment can now be done in a rapid, extremely precise and predictable manner. So, dentists are spared bending, gazing and guesswork.

This paradigm shift in dentistry reflects our innovative spirit, and will bring about increased productivity, quality and years of practice for dentists, while making dentistry for patients more affordable, accessible and convenient

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Life Whisperer

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Finalist Best Idea - One to Watch

Life Whisperer

Life Whisperer uses artificial intelligence to better select embryos in IVF, and to ultimately improve outcomes for couples wanting to have children. Fertility globally is declining, and success rates for IVF are very low (~20%), which has an emotional and costly impact on couples. Current approaches for selecting embryos are either risky, invasive, costly, or manual and subjective. Life Whisperer’s solution will be delivered via a cloud-based system, and does not require any costly hardware or process change.

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Best Startup - Tech or Digital Innovation

Soundbrenner

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Finalist Best Startup - Tech or Digital Innovation

Soundbrenner

Soundbrenner brings great design and advanced technology to every musician on the planet, with the goal to help musicians master their craft. We do that by creating an integrated platform, consisting of a wearable and mobile app. It’s the one central piece of software that brings musicians together and that is designed to be used every single time music is played anywhere.

We started in 2014, launched 2015 on crowdfunding and have offices in Berlin and Hong Kong.

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BRICKX

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Finalist Best Startup - Tech or Digital Innovation

BRICKX

BRICKX revolutionises property investment. This Australian-first provides affordable access to Australian residential real estate – an asset class which is out of reach for the majority of the population.

Through a beautifully designed platform, BRICKX allows all Australians to easily invest in a matter of minutes, whilst solving for the inefficiencies of the traditional property market.

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Brauz

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Finalist Best Startup - Tech or Digital Innovation

Brauz

Brauz is a personalised retail app that connects shoppers to brands in local brick and mortar stores, creating the first ever blended marketplace for physical retailers to connect with their target customers in a digital environment.

Through technologies like VR and beacons, the Brauz app allows customers to discover brands based on the ones they already love, and enables them to follow a product independent of a store, and find it wherever they may be.

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Best Startup - Social or Community Impact

Banqer

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Finalist Best Startup - Social or Community Impact

Banqer

Banqer is a financial education platform for primary schools. Through simulated learning Banqer transforms the classroom into a mini-economy where students interact with their teacher and one another using a classroom currency. Banqer gives students hands-on experience with financial concepts such as compounding interest, taxes, insurance, debt, saving and more.

The brainchild of an ex-accountant turned software developer, the founding team also includes an educator, an interactive designer, and a talented full-stack developer.

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Power Ledger

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Finalist Best Startup - Social or Community Impact

Power Ledger

Power Ledger is an energy software company that has developed a blockchain energy-trading platform that enables households and businesses with solar panels and batteries to trade their surplus energy with each other.

The technology provides consumers who do not have the upfront capital to invest in distributed energy resources, such as solar or batteries, with access to renewable energy at lower rates than may be available from their retailer. Our platform has been trialled and deployed in the past year.

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CancerAid

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Finalist Best Startup - Social or Community Impact

CancerAid

CancerAid empowers the cancer community through innovation on a global scale. The app is already the number 1 cancer app in Australia, the US and the UK. Designed by a team of cancer doctors, the founders have taken a leap of faith and quit their clinical careers into a new field of digital medicine.

They recently were Shark Tank winners and are working tirelessly to improve the lives of cancer patients and caregivers.

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Most Disruptive Tech or Digital Leader

Mark Cohen

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Finalist Most Disruptive Tech or Digital Leader

Mark Cohen

Currently the CTO for Domain Group, with responsibilities that equally resemble a CIO role, Mark is a vocal champion of innovation as a cultural value, and for years he drove the Agile transformation of Fairfax’s digital media businesses.

His strategic and tactical leadership has been forged through first-hand experience of the disruption occurring in the media industry, and through the growth of the real estate industry. He believes that there is more to a truly high-performance teams than management processes.

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Nick Whitehouse

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Finalist Most Disruptive Tech or Digital Leader

Nick Whitehouse

Over the last two years Nick has worked as Chief Digital Officer at MinterEllisonRuddWatts, leading their digital transformation, implementing wholesale technology change. This change programme resulted in the spawning off, and Nick helming a world leading Legal AI joint venture with Goat Venutres.

Awarded Emerging ICT Leader of the Year and the youngest top ranked CIO in the annual CIO innovation awards, Nick has a unique history leading businesses through disruption and technology firsts.

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Clive Dickens

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Finalist Most Disruptive Tech or Digital Leader

Clive Dickens

Clive Dickens joined Seven West Media in 2015 as the Chief Digital Officer and as a non-Executive Director at Yahoo 7. He oversees strategic and operational aspects of SWM digital content and revenue activities.

Clive has 30 years’ experience working across the globe in New York, Mumbai, Johannesburg, Berlin, London. Clive was also an advisor to the founders of the world leading mobile company Shazam used by more than 700 million people in over 60 countries valued at $1bn.

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Most Progressive Workplace Leader

Amie McKinlay

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Finalist Most Progressive Workplace Leader

Amie McKinlay

I am the General Manager of People & Culture at Lotto NZ. I have been working in the HR profession for the last 12 years and have a passion for helping people and organisations grow and perform at their best.

I have held roles with companies such as Bank of New Zealand and Thomson Reuters working in multiple locations including Auckland (NZ), Hong Kong and London. I hold a double degree majoring in Management (BCom), Psychology and Mass Communication (BA).

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Annie Parker

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Finalist Most Progressive Workplace Leader

Annie Parker

I originally came to Australia to co-found muru-D – Telstra’s startup accelerator, and I’m now CEO of Fishburners, Australia’s largest community of tech startups.

I’m a passionate believer in the importance of paying everything forward, whether that’s inspiring kids to learn coding, encouraging anyone to believe that they can build a startup, or to stand up for those who I believe have been dealt an unfair hand in life.

Leaving a positive legacy is my biggest motivation.

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Jessica May

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Finalist Most Progressive Workplace Leader

Jessica May

Ms Jessica May is the Founder and Chief Executive Officer of Enabled Employment, the innovative web based recruitment and labour hire online jobs portal for people who are disadvantaged, such as people with a disability, carers, seniors and service men and women.

Enabled Employment was founded after Jessica’s own experience as a highly experienced worker with a disability and is a commercial private entity with an entirely new approach to eliminating barriers to employment.

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