The Search for the Next Generation of Australian Innovators

The Search for the Next Generation of Australian Innovators
iAwards is looking for the country’s most talented ICT innovators
·         Nominations are open until 25 March 2015
·         Entrant categories open to students, young entrepreneurs and companies
·         The Hills’ Young Innovator of the Year Award offers Australians under 25 the chance to win up to $25,000 for their innovations
SYDNEY, AUSTRALIA. XX March 2014 – Creative thinkers, entrepreneurs, geeks and technological  innovators from across the country are set to have their careers and businesses fast-tracked as Australia’s Information and Community Technology (ICT) awards recognise the best of home-grown innovation.
The iAwards 2015, Australia’s premier ICT awards, identifies and celebrates those innovators at the cutting-edge of technology and acknowledges the crucial role they play in creating a prosperous and productive economy. 
Chief Judge at the iAwards 2015, Fulvio Inserra, said: “Innovation is vital for Australia’s future capability and economic growth; the iAwards reinforce the importance of the country’s digital economy and showcases Australia as a game-changer in ICT.
“With only two weeks until nominations close, we’re encouraging business and entrepreneurs to submit their entries. The awards create new opportunities for innovators, giving them the chance to increase brand awareness and generate funding for further development.”
Hills’ Young Innovator of the Year Award
As well as championing larger companies, the iAwards honours young entrepreneurs. The Hills’ Young Innovator of the Year Award encourages applicants under the age of 25 to submit creative ideas and commercial solutions in one of three categories - Mobile, Data and Cloud. Innovations that show great impact and commercial viability will be in the running to win a total of up to $25,000.
Ted Pretty, Group Managing Director at Hills, which sponsors the award, said: “Young innovators represent the future of Australia, by developing forward-thinking, technological solutions that will boost economic growth. Hills recognises the value of innovation and has created the Young Innovator Award to support people in bringing these ideas to life.”
Last year’s award went to Elliot Smith, an engineering student at the University of Queensland. His winning entry, Pepster, is an app and prototype device aimed at helping children aged 4 – 14 years to manage cystic fibrosis.
Smith, who received a $15,000 prize fund, commented: “Being crowned Young Innovator of the Year has had a really positive impact on the development of Pepster. We’ve invested the prize fund in building a new, improved version of our product and the media coverage has helped to drum up a lot of interest in the launch.  For those considering entering the iAwards, do it! There is nothing to lose and so much to gain.”
Nominations are open and entrants have until 25 March 2015 to enter via the iAwards Portal.
Categories for the iAwards 2015 span a number of industries and initiatives, including:
·         Development: Research & Development, New Product and Start-up
·         Industry: Applications, Tools & Platforms, Financial and Industrial
·         Service: Consumer, Education, Government and Health
·         Society: Regional, Inclusion & Community and Sustainability
·         Under-25s: Hills Young Innovator of the Year Award (Mobile, Data and Cloud)
·         Students: Secondary, Undergraduate Tertiary and Postgraduate Tertiary
·         Pioneer: Victorian Government Inspiration iAward and Regional Encouragement Award
The State iAwards will take place in June 2015, with the National iAwards and Gala Dinner taking place on 27 August 2015.
As the only Australian ICT awards platform that takes its successful nominees from state, to the national and international stage, winners of the iAwards 2015 will then have the opportunity to compete with businesses from across Asia Pacific at the 2015 APICTA Awards (Asia Pacific ICT Awards).
Notes to editors
About the iAwards:
The iAwards honours both companies at the cutting edge of technology innovation as well as leading professionals across the ICT industry. Most importantly, the iAwards recognises the achievements of home-grown Australian innovators.
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