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Four years ago, Curtin initiated and sponsored WApps, a competition between the four Western Australian public universities to recognise and support entrepreneurial talent in digital technologies. Fast-forward to 2015, and the awards, now known as the OzAPP Awards, have grown to become a significant focal point for the startup community in the Asia Pacific.

A series of tablets and smart phones displaying different apps to create the Perth city skyline

Held in February, the 2014/15 OzAPP Awards featured 210 startups from across Australia and eight countries in South East Asia. Competition judges from the US, Hong Kong, Singapore, Indonesia, Thailand and Australia had a difficult time choosing between the most exciting and innovative mobile, web and cloud app concepts.


Winners Kindy took out the QPrize Australia, a USD $100,000 convertible note from competition sponsor Qualcomm Ventures, helping them to further develop their business into the global marketplace. In addition to winning the biggest prize for a startup competition in the region, Kindy will now have the opportunity to pitch against other regional startup winners for the global QPrize in San Diego, California in September.

The competition aims to foster dialogue and collaboration between innovators, researchers, entrepreneurs, investors and industry, and to further stimulate innovative business culture, particularly in the digital and ICT space, around Australia.

The success of the awards inspired Curtin to launch the West Tech Fest: an event that includes the OzAPP Awards judging, presentations from globally recognised speakers, angel investment dinners, innovation roundtables and a startup village.

The West Tech Fest partners with Mai Tai Australia, a community of entrepreneurs, innovators and athletes, founded by Silicon Valley angel investor Bill Tai and professional kitesurfer Susi Mai, that has launched more than 20 startups in the past two years.

For more information on the OzAPP Awards, visit the OzAPP website.


Kindy is the simplest way to find quality, affordable and local childcare. Parents can post their requirements and search by location, budget and a range of preferences such as age, experience and qualification level. Background checks are automatic, as are notifications of potential matches. Bookings and payment are simple clicks, and local carers and parents can connect with messaging and group chat.

Download the Kindy app

Freight Exchange

Freight Exchange is a digital marketplace where freight transport carriers can sell excess capacity to businesses that need to ship goods. Thirty per cent of freight capacity in Australia is unused, but the carriers travel the route regardless: Freight Exchange helps fill their loads, lowering industry costs across the board.

Find out more about Freight Exchange

APE Mobile

APE mobile is a paperless site app for contractors, allowing site paperwork to be synchronised and data captured within a cloud-based backend. Existing processes and templates can be imported, allowing paperwork to be accessed and completed more efficiently from distributed sites, simplifying communication while reducing printing costs and environmental impact.

Find out about the APE Mobile app

Joy Sprouts

Joy Sprouts is a games and activities app that develops a range of important skills for children, encouraging total childhood development and giving preschoolers a head start on successful learning. Personalised reports give parents a better understanding of their child’s unique learning behaviour and progress.

Download the Joy Sprouts app


JOBDOH is a location-based, on-demand mobile platform to book best-fit temporary workers. It targets the food and beverage, hospitality and exhibition industry in Hong Kong.

Download the JOBDOH app