Congratulations to ng Connect member HSK Instruments, who recently won the Hills Young Innovator of the Year iAward. Their ‘Pepster’ device and app, which helps people with cystic fibrosis do breathing exercises, won the top award of the night and a cash prize of $15,000 to bring the technology to market. The Hills Young Innovator Award recognises the most outstanding innovations from an individual 25 years or younger.
A start-up from Brisbane, HSK Instruments provides a custom-built breathing device which connects to tablet and smartphone applications to help those needing respiratory physiotherapy. It provides interactive feedback in real time as well as long term health monitoring. They have developed accompanying apps that look like games but are really helping young people complete breathing exercises.
“Winning the Hill’s Young Innovator award has helped in providing funding for the next stage of our development,” said HSK Instruments Founder, Elliot Smith. “We are looking to build the best possible version of the device and this will help us get there.”
“It was great to see that those on the judging panel saw the potential in our product. Knowing that we are building something that helps clinicians, kids and their families is truly rewarding,” he said.
The annual iAwards honour companies at the cutting edge of technology innovation and leading professionals across the ICT industry. Most importantly, the iAwards recognises the achievements of home-grown Australian innovators. ng Connect was proudly Principal Partner for the 2014 iAwards.