Talent Unleashed at Liquid State
Apple co-founder lauds Queensland business at the Talent Unleashed Awards 2014
Sydney August 1 2014 – Brisbane-based entrepreneur Phillip Andrews has won a top award in the 2014 Talent Unleashed Awards, recognising exceptional tech talent in the Asia Pacific region, judged by Sir Richard Branson and Apple Co Founder Steve Wozniak.
The awards, created by global IT&T recruitment and technology services company Talent International, were inundated with over 600 entries from the entire region with final winners going to the Branson Centre for Entrepreneurship in South Africa for a five day entrepreneurship workshop during Global Entrepreneur’s Week.
Founder and Managing Director of Talent International Richard Earl said it was a triumph that Australia had taken out not one but two awards, given recent events that have decreased the level of support and investment offered to many innovative professionals and entrepreneurs in the country.
“The fact that Australia has produced two winners shows that despite some of the barriers experienced by those working in the ICT industry wanting to innovate, there are people out there with great ideas that refuse to give up and that will follow their dreams no matter what,” he said.
“These are the very superstars these awards were created to recognise, reward and encourage,” he added.
The Digital Content Award went to Phillip Andrews of Brisbane company Liquid State, a design and document distribution platform that converts print-ready content to mobile and tablet layouts with just five clicks, avoiding lengthy production processes that can be costly to multi-platform publishers. The digital documents can then be sent out publicly, or privately to individuals, and the platform keeps track of people’s reading behaviour and the version history of the document.
Steve Wozniak said that Liquid State was “a clean concise story of how entrepreneurship and societal advancement can happen by applying modern technology”.
Regional Judge, Cliff Rosenberg, Managing Director for LinkedIn in South-East Asia, Australia and New Zealand said Liquid State was a clear winner, showing business insight, combined with a solid client and partner base.
“Their submission shows a clear gap in the market that they have identified and are filling and it’s great to see that their business is highly regarded and recognised already by some high profile clients and partners” he said.
On all APAC entrants, Richard Earl commented; “All our entrants have had to go it on their own. We can only applaud their achievements and be inspired by their determination, to never give up and persevere in an environment sadly lagging behind its counterparts. Well done and congratulations!” he said.
2014 Judge Sir Richard Branson said the quality of the awards was exceptionally high.
“I’ve been quite overwhelmed by the quality of the entrants, and you as know I am a bit of an ideas man, so to see all these great ideas and businesses has been remarkable” he said.
He also said, “Talent International is one of those amazing organisations that care about tomorrow and how we change the world today, by inspiring tomorrow’s tech sector and the people in it”.
The sentiment of the 2014 Talent Unleashed Awards was upheld by Steve Wozniak who urged all technology professionals to seize any opportunity, anywhere, to bring about innovation and foster different applications of technology on everyday life.
“I was amazed at the APAC awards submissions, and I’m so glad that people realise this movement doesn’t have to be in one congested place like Silicon Valley where people can have great ideas that are going to change the world and are going to be successful. You don’t have to be in that one area to start them” he said.
“People are always asking me if it can happen in other places. Of course it can!” he added.
Another Australian, 23 year old creator of the Stopover app, Amber Blumanis, won the Rising Star award, an award for those 25 years and younger.
Stopover is an app created to revolutionize the airport experience by facilitating beneficial use of time spent at an airport stopover, in a safe and social environment; such as learning a language, connecting business opportunities, meeting other likeminded travellers or organising a meetup.
The 2014 Unleashed Award winners also included, Grace Clapham from Singapore for the Inspirational Leadership Award, Best Start Up was awarded to Frances Valintine of The Mind Lab in New Zealand, also in New Zealand was the People’s Choice winner, David Hillier of Little Lot and Paul Lee won the Community Impact Award for Ace Hearing in Hong Kong.