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2016 Talent Unleashed Awards finalists announced

Global Judging Panel selects four finalists from Hong Kong and Malaysia!


5 July 2016 Talent has announced the APAC category finalists for the 2016 Talent Unleashed Awards. Talent Unleashed celebrates the best and boldest in technological innovation – across start-ups, SMEs, technology leaders and challenger companies – from Hong Kong, Malaysia, Singapore, Australia, New Zealand and the UK.

The brainchild of global IT recruitment agency Talent International, the Awards recognise disruptive entrepreneurs who utilise innovative technology solutions to truly make an impact in their field.

“Every year the quality of the entries which we receive for the Talent Unleashed Awards consistently exceeds our expectations. The 2016 judging panel has been blown away by the quality of this year’s entries which are a testament to the entrepreneurial flair in the APAC region,” said Richard Earl, Executive Chairman and Founder of Talent.

Selected as a finalist in the Best Start-Up Social Impact Category Hong Kong is represented by Health View Bioanalytic, a digital health automatic retinal image analysis platform for screening diseases such as stroke and Alzheimer’s disease.

Malaysia has been well represented in this year’s regional finals with three of the fifteen finalists being selected being from Malaysia including - 100% Project for Best Start-Up Social Impact, BookDoc for Best Start Up – Tech Innovation and Kaodim for Best Digital SME – Tech Innovation.

Unleashed Awards APAC Judge and Panellist Yat Siu, Founder and CEO of Outblaze commented “This year's Talent Unleashed competition attracted several outstanding entries. It's fantastic to see so many young entrepreneurs working to make the world better with inspiring and game-changing companies.”

The 2016 Talent Unleashed Awards finalists are as follows:

Best Start Up – Social Impact

  • 100% Project

  • Odocs Eye Care

  • Health View Bioanalytic

Best Start-Up – Tech Innovation

  • TRIBE

  • BookDoc

  • Clevertar

Best Digital SME – Tech Innovation

  • Prendi

  • Kayla Itsines: Bikini Body Training Company

  • Kaodim

Most Disruptive CIO / CTO

  • William Confalonieri – Deakin University

  • Peter O’Halloran – National Blood Authority

  • Neal Cross - DBS

Best Tech IPO / Venture Capital Raising

  • Bluedot

  • Oneflare

  • ResApp Health

The finalists of the Talent Unleashed Awards have been selected by a distinguished international judging panel, including Steve Wozniak, Sir Richard Branson, Jane Tewson (Founder and Managing Director, Igniting Change), Cliff Rosenberg (LinkedIn), Jade Zhang (Founder and Managing Director, Okmno Asia), Dan Radcliffe (International Volunteer HQ), Patrick Grove (Captcha Group), and Yat Siu (Outblaze).

All APAC finalists will be flown to attend the exclusive APAC Regional Final’s event in Melbourne on Thursday, 21st July where the winner in each category will be announced.

APAC regional winners, will then proceed to compete against the UK and European regional winners to make a final live pitch to the judging panellists at the global grand finals event in Sydney on August 18th where Steve Wozniak will be present to provide direct feedback to the finalists and award the overall grand prize winners.

The global grand prize winner of each category will take away the ultimate prize – a one-on-one conversation with Steve Wozniak, and the trip of a lifetime to a cutting-edge technology conference and a bespoke tour of some of Silicon Valley’s leading tech companies.

For more information about Talent Unleashed Awards 2016, please visit: http://www.talentunleashedawards.com.

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For media enquiries please contact:

Stephanie Maguire, Sefiani Communications Group

smaguire@sefiani.com.au or +61 2 8920 0700

Georgia Bennett, Sefiani Communications Group

gbennett@sefiani.com.au or +61 2 8920 0700

About Talent Unleashed:

Talent Unleashed is a world-first, global technology awards program for start-ups and entrepreneurs, rewarding and recognising individuals who are unleashing, innovating and changing technology in business and the community. Talent Unleashed was created by Talent and launched in 2013. Talent Unleashed recognises the many amazing individuals across the entire technology communities of Australia, New Zealand, Malaysia, Singapore, Hong Kong and the UK. Entries are evaluated by some of the world’s leading entrepreneurial minds, including Sir Richard Branson, Steve Wozniak, LinkedIn managing director Cliff Rosenberg and Jane Tewson - Founder and Managing Director, Igniting Change. Talent Unleashed recognises big technology ideas that have the power to transform lives and businesses. www.talentunleashedawards.com

About Talent:

Talent is a unique, innovative and multi-faceted, global technology recruitment and IT services company. Passionate about technology and actively supporting the people who work in the IT&T and digital sector, Talent finds and places great talent and delivers initiatives that help the industry to grow and succeed. Independent and privately owned and operated, founder and Executive Chairman Richard Earl launched Talent International from his home in Perth in 1995 and since then he has grown the business into a global network with 15 offices across Australia, New Zealand, Singapore, Malaysia, Hong Kong and the UK. Talent also owns Avec, an IT consulting business that specialises in project management, business intelligence and services, and digital enablement. talentinternational.com

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