Australia snares 3 gongs at APICTA awards

Result is the best ever for the country in the event's nine-year history

Australia celebrated three winners and its most successful night at the annual Asia Pacific ICT Alliance (APICTA) Awards, which recognises the region’s most outstanding ICT innovators.

Held at the Crown Palladium Ballroom at Melbourne's Crown Casino last night, it was the first time the awards had been held in Australia, with previous events taking place in Malaysia, Indonesia, Thailand and China.

Competing alongside 150 hopefuls from around the region, Australia tasted success in three categories:

Another Australian innovation, Stochastic Reservoir Engine, received a merit award in the Industrial Application category.

The awards, now in its ninth year, were designed to recognise the excellence in ICT products and services generated throughout the Asia-Pacific region, according to APICTA chairman Stephen Lau, who told attendees last night about the three objectives competing products had to fulfill.

“One - to promote and motivate the development of ICT industry in Asia-Pacific, second, to instill awareness of the importance of IT in our community, and third - to help bridge the digital divide,” Lau said.

See Australia's winners in the APICTA Awards slideshow

The awards brought together members from 15 member countries including: Australia, Indonesia, Sri Lanka, Brunei, China, India, Korea, Macau, Malaysia, Pakistan, Singapore, Thailand, Hong Kong and Vietnam.

Malaysia, who will host next year’s event in October, dominated the night with four awards.

Since 2005, Australia has had only three winners: Beonic for Traffic Insight in 2005, ReadOn in 2007 and CargoWise edi in 2007.

The awards spaned 16 categories overall, including e-Health, e-Learning and e-Government.

The APICTA Awards wrapped up the three-day Asia Pacific Digital Innovation Summit (APDIS), an annual trade event which brought together 780 delegates from 21 countries.

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