Dr Vivienne Conway, the winner of the Western Australian Technology and Telecommunications Alliance (WAITTA) INCITE Achiever of the Year award.
Dr Conway, the Director of Web Key IT, who provide services including testing, accreditation, training and consulting to make websites more accessible for those with disabilities.
Dr Conway said it was ‘such an honour’ and that she is still ‘a bit astounded’ about winning the award, and that she was glad she could use the award to raise awareness.
“Winning this award gave me the opportunity to bring the issue of digital accessibility to centre stage, as it is an issue that is currently not being adequately addressed,” she said.
“People with disabilities should be given the opportunity to participate fully in our digital society, and they are currently being disenfranchised.”
“I’m hoping that winning this award will bring focus to the issue of digital inclusion and enable the word to get out to the ICT community that addressing digital accessibility and accommodating the needs of people with disabilities is the right thing to do, the smart thing to do and the law.”
Matthew MacFarlane won the inaugural Pearcey Western Australian Entrepreneur of the Year award for co-founding Yuuwa Captial.
“I was surprised and delighted to be recognised at the WAITTA INCITE Awards as the inaugural Pearcey Western Australian Entrepreneur of the Year,” he said.
“I am humbled by the people who put in such effort to nominate me for this award and will use the accolade to spur my greater involvement in the local startup sector.”
“I feel confident this new award category from WAITTA and Pearcey will inspire more of WA’s amazingly talented startup founders to give back to the local community and actively encourage technology entrepreneurship as a pathway to happiness and success.”
Innovation and Informations and Communications Technology Minister Dave Kelly spoke about the importance of the ceremony.
“The WAITTA INCITE Awards are important in recognising local talent and raising the profile of Western Australian ICT innovation on the national stage,” he said.
“Locally developed ICT products and technologies are not only helping industry and government operate more efficiently but are contributing to a more diverse economy and creating local jobs.”
Winners and national finalists will get the opportunity to compete in the Australian Information Industry Association national iAwards and/or the national Australian Computer Society Digital Disrupters Awards, both to be held later in the year.
For more information, visit http://www.inciteawards.org.au