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  • 17 May 2018 09:44

AIIA Victoria iAwards winners unveil Australian innovation

Melbourne, Australia – 16 May 2018 -- The Australian Information Industry Association (AIIA), the nation’s peak industry body for the technology sector, has today announced the Victorian iAwards winners for 2018. AIIA’s iAwards, now celebrating 25 years, is Australia’s leading awards program for innovation in the digital economy.

Entrants competed in five core award categories comprising Business Services, Community Services, Consumer Markets, Industrial & Primary Services, and Public Sector & Government. Entrants have also been successfully recognised for additional contributions – as Startup of the Year, Research & Development Project of the Year, Infrastructure and Platform Innovation of the Year, Big Data Innovation of the Year and Artificial Intelligence or Machine Learning Innovation of the Year. An independent panel of 90 judges from across industry, government and academia selected by the AIIA judged all nominations.

At a gala event held at the RACV Club in Melbourne, The Hon. Frank McGuire, MP, Parliamentary Secretary for Small Business and Innovation, said:

“The Victorian Government is proud to support the iAwards which have been shining a light on our best and brightest technology developers for a quarter of a century.

“Congratulations to all the award recipients tonight, you are making a difference to Victoria’s economy and our lives and we are proud you will be representing us at the National iAwards.”

Rob Fitzpatrick, CEO, AIIA, said the 2018 finalists added to the iAwards’ legacy of recognising the important work being done in Australian innovation.

"AIIA would like to congratulate the winners and merit recipients of the 2018 Victoria iAwards.  "Each year the awards publicly recognise the exceptional achievements of those at the forefront of Australian innovation, and the projects shaping our modern economy. We're proud to provide a platform for, and encouragement to people prepared to bring an idea to life, enabled by technology. Whether they're in startups, the public sector, community services, academia, or private enterprise, small and large, the work of the finalists is an inspiration to us all," he said.

Winners and merit recipients across all categories will go on to represent Victoria and compete at the National iAwards. National winners will be announced on 30 August 2018 at the prestigious AIIA 2018 iAwards Gala Dinner and Ceremony, held in Melbourne, which will be attended by startups, innovators, investors, business and community leaders, and federal and state politicians.

The Victoria 2018 state iAwards winners and merit recipients are:

Business Service Markets:

• SalesPreso - SalesPreso: A Sales Enablement Platform (Winner) • PaperCut - PaperCut MF (Merit) • Prism Pay - Prism Horse Racing Management (Merit)

Industrial & Primary Industries:

• Metro Trains Melbourne - Uninterruptible Power Supply for Rail Signalling (Winner)

Public Sector & Government:

• Dialog & The GEO Group Australia - Gateway Prison Operating System (Winner) • CSIRO & Western Health - CALD Assist (Merit) • Department of Health and Human Services - Real-Time Health Emergency Monitoring System (Merit)

Consumer Markets:

• Australia Post - Digital iD (Winner) • MineExcellence - MineExcellence Products - BIMS, BLADES & Smart Blasting App (Merit)

Undergraduate Tertiary Students:

• Deakin University - CollabHero (Winner) • Victoria University - The Advanced Fire Sensor (Merit)

Senior Students:

• John Monash Science School - Movement Impeding Device: A Biomedical Apparatus (Winner)

Junior Students:

• Great Ryrie Primary School - LSH (Life Support Helmet) Mark1 (Winner)

Community Service Markets:

• Blamey Saunders Hears - Facett: A Modular Self-fit Hearing Aid System (Winner) • RMIT University - Chirality-2 (Merit) Research & Development Project of the Year: • Blamey Saunders Hears - Facett: A Modular Self-fit Hearing Aid System (Winner) • CSIRO's Data61 - Spark Bushfire Modelling & Analytics Toolkit (Winner) • GrantGuru & City of Greater Bendigo - Bendigo Funding Finder (Merit)

Infrastructure & Platforms Innovation of the Year:

• Blamey Saunders Hears - Facett: A Modular Self-fit Hearing Aid System (Winner) • University of Melbourne - Music Therapy in Virtual Environments (Merit)

Startup of the Year:

• Language Your Way - Language Your Way (Winner) • Bayshann - Connexus (Merit) • Health Delivered - Health Delivered (Merit)

Big Data Innovation of the Year: • Department of Health and Human Services - Real-Time Health Emergency Monitoring System (Winner) • MineExcellence - MineExcellence Products - BIMS, BLADES & Smart Blasting App (Merit) Artificial Intelligence or Machine Learning

Innovation of the Year:

• City of Casey & M innovation - Asset Prediction System (Winner) • Deakin University - Deakin Genie (Winner) • DXC Technology - Injured Workers Claims Assistant (Merit)

AIIA’s iAwards program is a critical platform demonstrating 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.

The 2018 iAwards is proudly supported by Major National iAwards Partner Victorian Government, National Program Sponsors Informed Solutions and AuDA, Major PitchFest Sponsors CSIRO’s Data 61.


About the 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.

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About the AIIA The Australian Information Industry Association (AIIA) is Australia’s peak representative body and advocacy group for those in the digital ecosystem. Since 1978, AIIA has pursued activities to stimulate and grow the digital ecosystem, to create a favorable business environment for members and to contribute to Australia’s economic prosperity. AIIA does this by delivering outstanding member value by providing a strong voice of influence; building a sense of community through events and education; enabling a network for collaboration and inspiration; and developing compelling content and relevant and interesting information. Media Contact Alana Fisher Tel: (02) 8355 3130

Rian Newman Tel: (02) 8006 5740

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