The Parliamentary Secretary for Innovation and Industry, Richard Marles, last night congratulated the winners of INNOVIC’S International Next Big Thing Awards.
Speaking at the awards dinner in Melbourne, Mr Marles told guests that innovators needed all the encouragement they could get to help make their great ideas a reality.
“We celebrate great inventions once they are a part of our everyday life, but the hard work involved in developing and commercialising good ideas is often unrecognised.”
Innovative products recognised at the awards ranged from a single-serve water bottle made of sustainable materials like bamboo and palm leaves, to a thin, silicone-based film on water that blocks the mosquito lifecycle, and building materials made from fly ash.
Marles said innovation plays an important role in helping our economy meet the “immediate challenges of the global recession and the long-term challenges of climate change and the highly competitive global economy.”
A list of award winners is available at www.nextbigthingaward.com
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