Council boosts creativity with innovation grants

A personal photo assistant, a keep cups loan program and immersive reality gaming software have received a boost thanks to a $30,000 Innovation Grants package, presented by Lord Mayor Graham Quirk at the Brisbane Arts and Culture Innovation (BACI) network event this evening.

Cr Quirk said Council was committed to building Brisbane’s reputation as Australia’s New World City by providing more opportunities for local innovators to turn their dreams into a reality.

“Brisbane is a vibrant and innovative city and the Innovation Grants program is helping the city’s up-and-coming entrepreneurs pursue their creative aspirations,” Cr Quirk said.

“Brisbane has a rich creative culture and through this program, Council can help provide financial backing to the city’s wealth of innovative talent and help transform bright ideas into success enterprises.”

The 2018 Innovation Grants were awarded to recipients who demonstrated creative enterprise through an innovative product, project, collaboration or business idea.

This year’s recipients are:
 Timothy Monley, awarded $11,000 for his project ‘Reality Engine’. This project will develop a user friendly, functional software and hardware solution to help game designers produce immersive experiences for audiences.
 ARTLife Solutions Pty Ltd, awarded $10,000 for ‘Sortal Your Life’, a personal photo assistant. This project will develop tutorial videos and animations to promote a visual information search engine can help sort, manage and retrieve important and specific photos from a personal collection.
 GoodCup – Brisbane, awarded $10,000 to engage local artists to create designs for the GoodCup program. This program encourages consumers to pay a small deposit when purchasing reusable coffee cups from participating stores and returns the deposit when the cup is returned to help reduce single-use coffee cups usage.

Cr Quirk said the grants program recognised ideas that supported Council’s vision of a creative city, while offering new and innovative ways to live, work and relax.

“By supporting local businesses and entrepreneurs, Council can help boost Brisbane’s economy and provide more jobs right across the city,” he said.

For more information on Brisbane City Council’s Innovation Grants program, visit www.brisbane.qld.gov.au or phone Council on 3403 8888.