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  • 17 June 2016 12:00

Best of South Australian and Northern Territory innovation recognised at AIIA State iAwards 2016

Adelaide, South Australia and Darwin, Northern Territory – 17 June 2016 – The Australian Information Industry Association (AIIA) has today announced the iAwards state winners and merit recipients in South Australia (SA) and Northern Territory (NT) for 2016. The iAwards are Australia’s leading awards program for innovation in the digital economy.

Entrants competed in five base award categories across Consumer, Community Services, Industrial & Primary Services, Business Services, Public Sector & Government as well as Student Categories and Cross Categories.

In South Australia, the AIIA also awarded the Premier's iAward for Public Sector Digital Innovation, of which the winner was chosen by a panel of iAwards Category Judges in conjunction with South Australian government representatives. Winners and merit recipients across all categories will go on to represent their state and compete at the National iAwards in Melbourne, with the national winners announced on 1 September 2016 at the prestigious AIIA Gala Dinner and Awards Ceremony, attended by over 900 guests.  

The Hon. Kyam Maher, MLC said, “Innovation in the digital economy offers huge possibilities for the future prosperity of communities and economies locally, nationally, and around the world. To make the short list for these awards, all of the nominees have brought game-changing ideas to the table. I congratulate the award winners, and look forward to their continuing contributions to the innovative future of our state."

The SA and NT 2016 state iAwards winners and merit recipients across five categories:

  • Consumer:
  • University of South Australia – LiPo indoor positioning system using visible light (Winner - SA)

  • Community Services: 
  • ETRAIN Interactive Pty Ltd & TAFE SA – 3D training simulation for nursing (Winner - SA)

  • Industrial & Primary Services:
  • Santos – Predictive analytics in oil and gas (Winner - SA)

  • Public Sector & Government:
  • SA Health Integration – Integration solutions improving patient care experience (Winner - SA)
  • Department for Communities and Social Inclusion, Housing SA – Vacancy maintenance inspection application (Merit - SA)
  • NEC Australia and NT Police– NeoFace Reveal (Winner – NT)

  • Student:
  • Leafy Sea Dragon National Park – Virtual world [Junior Students] (Winner - SA)
  • VR Gallery [Senior Students] (Winner – SA)
  • A Deep Learning Search Engine for Radiology Cases [Undergraduate Tertiary Students] (Winner – SA)
  • SmartCare [Undergraduate Tertiary Students] (Merit – SA)
  • Experience! [Senior Students] (Merit – SA)

  • Cross Categories:
  • University of South Australia Ventures – MoOvi: A virtual reality training tool for chronic pain [Research & Development Project of the Year] (Winner – SA)
  • PhoneLabs [Startup of the Year] (Winner – SA)
  • Santos – Predictive analytics in oil and gas [Big Data Innovation of the Year] (Winner - SA)
  • ETRAIN Interactive Pty Ltd & TAFE SA – 3D training simulation for nursing [Infrastructure & Platforms Innovation of the Year] (Winner - SA)
  • Department for Communities and Social Inclusion, Housing SA – Vacancy maintenance inspection application [Mobility Innovation of the Year] (Winner - SA)
  • NEC Australia and NT Police – NeoFace Reveal [Infrastructure & Platforms Innovation of the Year] (Winner – NT)
  • Catholic Education Office – Darwin & SRA Information Technology - The Attendance Management  Map Application (AMMA) [Mobility Innovation of the Year] (Winner – NT)

  • South Australian Premier's iAward:
  • Primary Industries & Regions SA - AgInsight South Australia [Public Sector Digital Innovation] (Winner – SA)

“The calibre of entrants for this year’s awards has been astounding,” said Rob Fitzpatrick, CEO, AIIA. “It’s rare to see a student innovation compete with a government or a large corporate innovation, and this is what makes the iAwards particularly exciting. All innovators are potential winners – regardless of origin, size, scale, industry or social focus.” 

The iAwards is a chance for students, researchers, governments, SME’s and large businesses to showcase their innovative ideas and projects to the nation and be recognised and rewarded for having the potential to, or already having a positive impact on the community – at home, in the office and on a global scale.

The 2016 iAwards, which traditionally honours organisations, researchers and students at the cutting edge of technology innovation, had over 600 entries this year - an almost doubling on last year’s awards – half of which were from ‘non-ICT’ companies. Interestingly, 36 per cent of overall award entries were from companies with more than 1,000 employees, 31 per cent of overall award entries came from one or more government-owned entities and of these, over 20 per cent were joint award entries from private and public sector organisations.

AIIA’s iAwards program is now in its 22nd year. The AIIA believes this is a critical platform to demonstrate the impact that its members and the broader technology sector are driving to improve Australia’s social and economic prosperity. In the age of the ‘ideas boom’, the impact of the technology sector that AIIA represents, is more crucial to Australia’s future than ever before.

Victorian Government is the host partner for the national iAwards, the National Program sponsors are Pym’s Technology Lawyers and Informed Solutions and category sponsors are NDIA and KPMG.

The SA and NT iAwards 2016 are sponsored by University of South Australia, Dimension Data, SMS Management & Technology, Telstra, DW Fox Tucker Lawyers, Harrison McMillan, and Microsoft. The Premier's iAward for Public Sector Digital Innovation SA is sponsored by Government of South Australia.

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About AIIA’s iAwards
AIIA’s iAwards honours both companies at the cutting edge of technology innovation as well as leading professionals across the Digital Economy. Most importantly, the iAwards recognises the achievements of home-grown Australian innovators. http://www.iawards.com.au/

The Australian Information Industry Association (AIIA) is Australia’s peak representative body and advocacy group for those in the digital ecosystem. 
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Email: iawards@espressocomms.com.au 

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