November 2, 2017

Sound Scouts, the children’s hearing test app currently available Australia-wide, was awarded the 2017 BigInsights Data Innovation Award for “Best Start Up”. The awards ceremony was held on November 2nd, 2017 at KPMG’s Barangaroo offices in Darling Harbour, Sydney, Australia.

The BigInsights Data Innovation Awards recognise teams and companies doing groundbreaking work by using data analytics & technology to deliver business outcomes.

Sound Scouts Founder, Carolyn Mee, speaks on the award and the use of data to deliver digitally driven hearing testing:

  • ” Sound Scouts is honoured to have received the Data Innovation Award for Best Startup this year. The award recognises our unique approach to using game play to collect data and deliver fast, clinically validated indications of hearing impairment in children. Data collected by Sound Scouts is analysed via a cloud based algorithm and over our development cycle we have continuously refined our ability to interpret the data generated from the game.

We are proud to be collaborating with Australia’s premier hearing research lab, the National Acoustic Laboratories, and their colleagues at Hearing Australia. Dr Harvey Dillon our Chief Scientist, has been uncompromising in his rigorous assessment of our data collection and analysis. As our Chief Data Wrangler, Harvey has done an incredible job!”

Presenting the awards on the day were Australia’s Federal Assistant Minister for Innovation & Science, the Hon. Craig Laundy MP and New South Wales Minister for Innovation & Better Regulation, the Hon. Matt Kean MP, with industry leaders and influencers in attendance.

The Data Innovation Awards attracted organisations of varying backgrounds from across the world and 5 awards were conferred that demonstrated best practices in developing and implementing emerging technologies for their respective business outcomes.

The award categories were as follows: best industry application of data analytics, best industry application of IoT, best industry application of AI/cognitive, best customer insights and best start up; the latter won by Sound Scouts. The awards were judged by nominated industry experts.

BigInsights is a boutique Big Data, AI/ML & IoT analytics research & advisory firm led by Raj Dalal. The awards were convened by BigInsights and managed by Consensus, which has a proven track record of managing awards in the technology sector since 1999.

The BigInsights awards programs have a track record of identifying breakthrough technologies that have succeeded on the global stage. For more information about the 2017 Data Innovation Awards and to view the complete list of winners, visit the following site:

About Sound Scouts 
Sound Scouts is an Australian company based in Sydney. It has developed a clinically validated, hearing check to detect hearing loss, currently in children. The hearing check is delivered as an app and is designed as a fun, interactive game delivered on a tablet or mobile phone. The game embeds unique patented IP that tests for: conductive hearing loss, sensorineural hearing loss and auditory processing disorder. Sound Scouts makes hearing testing fun and accessible to all children, ensuring they are ready and able, to play and learn.

About the National Acoustic Laboratories
Sound Scouts was developed in collaboration with the National Acoustic Laboratories (NAL) with Dr Harvey Dillon, research consultant and former Director of the NAL, acting as Chief Scientist. NAL is the research division of Hearing Australia, a Statutory Authority of the Commonwealth Government.

About BigInsights Data Innovation Awards 
The BigInsights Data Innovation Awards are specifically focused on recognising teams & end user organisations that are doing groundbreaking work to deliver business outcomes using Data Analytics, AI & IoT technologies & techniques.

Carolyn Mee 
Sound Scouts