A breathing exercise app and device for cystic fibrosis patients that can be used in the home has taken out the top gong at the 2014 iAwards. Elliot Smith, an electrical engineering graduate from the University of Queensland, has been awarded the Hills Young Innovator of the Year iAward for Pepster and will receive $15,000 to bring the app and device to market.

Pepster uses a breathing device and smartphone and tablet apps to monitor respiratory physiotherapy in patients suffering breathing and lung conditions.

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It links breathing activity to actions in a computer game, encouraging children to achieve their respiratory exercise goals and ensuring they're breathing correctly and effectively.

Pepster is undergoing a clinical trial with Mater Children's Hospital and will be seeking TGA and FDA approval in the next 12-24 months. Hills Chief Technology Officer, Leica Ison, said they received over 30 applications spanning mobile, big data and cloud which was an impressive result for the first year of the award.

"These young people have applied technology in clever ways to solve common problems," she said.

"Their ideas and innovations are an incredibly promising sign of what's to come for our sector." She said Pepster really stood out as a clever medical innovation with strong commercial prospects.

"We're delighted that this financial support will take Pepster closer to commercialisation and help improve quality of life for people living with respiratory conditions like cystic fibrosis." The Hills Young Innovator Award recognises the most outstanding innovations from an individual 25 years or younger in three categories; Mobile, Big Data and Cloud. In total, $25,000 is on offer for the Hills Young Innovator iAwards. $5000 in cash is awarded to each winner of the mobile, Big Data and Cloud categories to assist bring their ideas closer to the market.

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The overall winner, the Hills Young Innovator of the Year will receive an additional $10,000 in cash support. In the Mobile division Alex Sharp won with Orion VM.

OrionVM is a wholesale Infrastructure-as-a-Service (IaaS) provider.

Their technology suite (virtual storage, compute, orchestration and virtual networking) enables the delivery of high-performing, highly reliable Cloud solutions at market-leading price-to-performance ratios.

The OrionVM Wholesale Cloud Platform supports private, public, and hybrid Cloud deployments and is built either for internal consumption or resale. In the Big Data category, Chris Eigeland won with GoCatalyze.

GoCatalyze was built to change how companies, not-for-profits and organisations conceptualise, visualise and act on data.

The platform enables organisations to track and understand internal interactions, the direction of information and work flow and helps identify key influencers within an organisation. GoCatalyze sees the potential for its platform to be applied in SMEs, financial services and the charity sector.