Innovation Central Perth March News

An Innovation Central Perth Update


Cisco’s Carl Solder Presents to ICP Talent Pool 

Last month, ICP’s Student Talent Pool were lucky enough to connect with a special guest from Cisco. Cisco Australia and New Zealand, Chief Technology Officer, Carl Solder, paid a visit to ICP whilst visiting following a discussion with Curtin‘s broader Executive team, and took the time to present to our Talent Pool.

This was a fantastic opportunity for our interns to hear from a successful leader with an impressive career history in the Silicon Valley Tech community. As a Curtin alumnus, it was inspiring for our students to hear about Carl’s journey after completing his studies at Curtin. Carl shared some of his experiences in San Jose, and what it was like to work within different areas of Cisco. Carl also shared his insights on the future of tech, touching on AI, IoT, cybersecurity, the metaverse, and what all of this means for different industries.

A huge thank you to Carl for taking time out of his busy schedule to meet with our talent pool and for sharing your career journey with our students.


New Starter Profile – Nick Schols

We were excited to have our new Project Coordinator, Nick Schols, start with us last month! In his new role, Nick will support the coordination and delivery of ICP’s industry projects.

Meet Nick:

Originally from Belgium, Nick embraced the Australian way of life back in 2012.

In the past 3 years, he has been assisting the international education sector with HR software solutions. Now, he will put those interpersonal skills to work and coordinate all ICP’s projects and liaise with our renowned industry partners, members, and students. Nick has already shown the team that he enjoys interacting with multiple stakeholders and looks forward to continue to build on existing and new relationships.

If he isn’t on campus, you’ll find him outdoors discovering a newfound love for Rugby and Kitesurfing. 



Are you a WA-start up or SME looking to advance an innovative idea? 

Applications for the 2022 Innovation Booster Grant are still open!

Worth up to $20,000 each, the Innovation Booster Grant is designed to provide your startup or small business with the financial boost it needs to access professional skills, services or knowledge, enabling you to advance your innovative idea, project or commercial activity in WA.

The program is designed to assist innovators to overcome some of the barriers on the path to commercialisation. The grants give SMEs and start-ups the opportunity to catalyse new relationships and fund partnerships with innovators like Innovation Central Perth (ICP).  ICP has a successful track record of partnering with WA organisations to leverage this grant to achieve some incredible innovation outcomes. We would be happy to support applications that tap into the capabilities of our centre.

If you have any manual processes or challenges within your organisation that could be solved by investigating innovative solutions to digitise or automate then consider applying for this program and partnering with us to build a team around your challenge.

Please reach out to the Innovation Central Perth team to discover how we can assist your organisation to develop ideas, improve business processes, and/or apply technology to support your business!

Please contact, for more information. 



Innovation Central Perth – Where students, academia & industry connect!

Have a read of our latest news story spotlighting two of our recent summer intern projects for ICP members, ConsMin and Olinqua. The article provides insight into Curtin School of Electrical Engineering, Computing and Mathematical Sciences students, Lenon Lum and Thomas Bell‘s innovation projects exploring the operational efficiency of mine-sites and electronic registration process for hospital staff.

Both Lenon and Thomas share the scope of their project and the required skills/techniques involved in developing a solution. Touching on the key challenges and rewarding aspects, Lenon and Thomas both agree that the whole experience has helped shape their future career path and will assist them in graduating industry-ready!

Visit the below link to read the full article:


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