Are you an innovator?

Wednesday 14 March 2018
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The Shaker

Canberra’s best innovators have the chance to showcase their talents by nominating themselves for the 2018 iAwards.

The program celebrates the best the nation has to offer in innovation among students, businesses and the public sector.  Canberra companies have a strong history in the awards, being acknowledged for their creativity and innovation over the last 25 years.

Canberra’s 2016 iAward winners, automed, continue to reap the benefits of the national exposure and professional networking opportunities the awards presented. Taking home three national awards, including the ‘Inspiration of the Year’ award, has had a huge impact in raising their profile locally and on the national stage.

automed CEO David Edwards credits the iAwards for validating automed as a system which now has national recognition.

“Because we gained recognition for our product from an independent source outside of the agriculture industry we have seen a big increase in customers and an increase in awareness on not just a regional but national level,” Mr Edwards said.

 “The national iAwards is a fantastic opportunity to showcase Canberra’s network of innovators. Hopefully with more recognition and importantly awareness, more innovators can get the support they need to get started or continue their journey.”

Greg Boorer, Chair of the Australian Information Industry Association’s Federal & ACT Council, wants Canberra to be well represented in these national awards.

“Canberra has a proud history of innovation among students, start-ups and local businesses,” Mr Boorer said.

“We also offer a unique diversity of innovation through the government departments situated in the capital. With 2018 being the 25th Anniversary of the iAwards there is no better time for us to showcase and recognise our world-class capabilities.”

Nominations for the iAwards close on Friday 16 March.

Winners of the Canberra iAwards will gain an automatic entry into the national finals in August. Top honours at the event will open up a world of opportunities for the capital’s go-getters at the international awards in December.

Student iAward nominations close on Tuesday 3 April. More information here.