Canberra work health and safety startup SignOnSite has had a very successful night at this week’s ACT Digital Innovation Awards, taking out several awards, including the Undergraduate Student Innovation Award.
From SignOnSite’s media release:
Canberra startup SignOnSite has won the Undergraduate Student Innovation Award, and received a Certificate of Merit in the New Product category, while co-founder Alexandria Garlan won the Hill’s Young Innovator Award at the ACT Digital Innovation iAwards.
SignOnSite is a Work Health and Safety platform that uses smart phones to register everyone who enters and leaves a worksite, enabling organisations to safeguard their employees, contractors and visitors.
“Construction as an industry is starting to adopt technology in a really meaningful way and it’s great for the team to be recognised for all the work they’ve been putting in to help Australians get home safely,” Mitchell Harmer, CEO, said.
“Working in the industry, I get to see how technology is improving the way we work. It’s a high risk industry, with eight reported fatalities so far this year, and to be creating tools that can play a part in reducing that number is really important. Winning this award is a huge honour,” said Hill’s Young Innovator recipient Alexandria Garlan.
“At SignOnSite it’s our belief that every mobile device is a ‘swiss army knife’ of tools that we can unlock to not only help people to get their work done, but most importantly get home at the end of the day,” Mitchell said..
The SignOnSite team includes recent Bachelor of Construction Management (University of Canberra) graduate Alexandria Garlan and current Bachelor of Entrepreneurship and Innovation (University of Canberra) student Mitchell Harmer.
Both from Wagga Wagga, the co-founders teamed up in November 2013 to develop SignOnSite with the goal of making workplaces safer.
SignOnSite was accepted into the prestigious GRIFFIN Accelerator in July 2015, and is developing its technology with companies, associations and regulators in the industry.