My Virtual Accountant has won the opportunity to exhibit their cutting edge technologies at the World Congress on IT (WCIT) in Adelaide in February 2002 as part of the Secrets of Australian IT Innovation Competition.
ACT Business Minister Ted Quinlan congratulated the winners, saying the competition was a rare opportunity for these companies to promote their services and products to the world's IT business leaders.
"It is not surprising that the ACT has done well in this competition. Canberra is a great source of innovation in IT. St George Trends Magazine recently declared Canberra the IT capital of Australia. We have more than six percent of Australia's IT industry, although we have only 1.6 percent of the Australian population," Mr Quinlan said.
"The ACT had six finalists in the competition, competing against a strong field. Four have gone on to win. This success rate demonstrates the high quality of our small to medium enterprises, and the strength of the region's information and communications technology industry."
The competition covered eight streams:
software solutions for industry (innovative business applications)
high growth start-ups (venture capital/investment opportunities)
Winners needed to demonstrate a high level of ingenuity with technologies that have global potential.
The winners will receive:
the opportunity to present to the world's key business leaders attending the World Congress as part of the IT Business program;
recognition as one of Australia's leading IT innovators; and
a profile on the websites of Invest Australia, Austrade, the National Office for the Information Economy and the Department of Communications, Information Technology and the Arts.
The World Congress on IT started 22 years ago, and the 2002 event will be the first time it has been held in the Southern Hemisphere. More than 1700 delegates are expected to attend the combined congress and forum, with former US President Bill Clinton heading a powerful line up of government and business speakers.