Countdown begins for InnovationAus 2021 Awards


Rachael Bolton
Contributor

Anticipation is growing ahead of the inaugural InnovationAus Awards for Excellence, to be unveiled on the evening of December 1. The Awards celebrate inventiveness and imagination from across the Australian technology, science and innovation ecosystems, with some of our nation’s newest and most resourceful startups standing shoulder-to-shoulder with giants of industry.

“We wish all of the outstanding group of finalists in all categories all the very best for Wednesday night,” says InnovationAus publisher Corrie McLeod. “The depth and breadth of talent this inaugural InnovationAus Awards for Excellence has exposed really is quite amazing.”

Guests at the event that will be held both in-person at the Overseas Passenger Terminal in The Rocks, Sydney, and streamed online will be in for a treat, with a keynote address from Robyn Denholm, the chair of global car and renewable energy company Tesla, as well as chair of the Technology Council of Australia.

Speakers at the InnovationAus Awards for Excellence

“Robyn Denholm is a true superstar of Australian industry, an advocate not just of the technology sector in Australia, but also of the role that Australian resources and technology can play in global supply chains,” Ms McLeod said.

The event will also feature ministerial addresses from Industry Minister, Energy and Emissions Reduction, Angus Taylor, as well as Shadow Industry Minister, Ed Husic.

Also delivering an address will be NSW Minister for Digital, Victor Dominello.

“There is a lot of work to do in this country,” reflects Ms McLeod. “It has been a challenging period for the world and our local industry has also had to come to grips with the ongoing pandemic, growing geopolitical tensions, and disrupted supply chains.

“But it is a tremendously exciting time to be involved in the technology sector, and within the innovation ecosystem. There are so many opportunities to solve problems and to grow businesses.

“We just need an outsized ambition as a nation to capture the enormous opportunities on offer,” she said.

The category finalists for the 2021 awards are:

Advanced Manufacturing

  • 3ME Technology
  • Baraja
  • Bodd
  • Marinova Pty Ltd
  • SPEE3D

Cybersecurity

  • Avertro
  • BRYK Group
  • Cynterra
  • Haventec
  • eSafety Commissioner

Defence Industry

  • 3ME Technology
  • DroneShield
  • Q-CTRL

Energy and Renewables

  • 3ME Technology
  • eleXsys Energy
  • Hypersonix Launch Systems
  • NOJA Power
  • Vast Solar

Food and AgriTech

  • Fenn Foods
  • Marinova Pty Ltd
  • Sea Forest Limited

MedTech & BioTechnology

  • CSIRO & Coviu
  • GERMii Australia
  • Murdoch Children’s Research Institute
  • SleepTite

Mining Equipment, Technology & Services

  • 3ME Technology
  • Dash Tools, by BHP
  • LAB3
  • MyPass Global
  • Pitcrew AI
  • Presien

Research Translation

  • Advanced Mobility Analytics
  • AKQA
  • Murdoch Children’s Research Institute
  • UNSW SMaRT Centre

Space & Remote Automation

  • Gilmour Space Technologies
  • Hypersonix Launch Systems
  • CSIRO & Quasar Satellite Technologies

InnovationAus Wildcard Award

  • Advanced Mobility Analytics
  • Baraja
  • Nuheara
  • Q-CTRL

People’s Choice Award

  • 3ME Technology
  • Advanced Mobility Analytics
  • AKQA
  • Baraja
  • Bodd
  • BRYK Group
  • CSIRO & Quasar Satellite Technologies
  • Dash Tools, by BHP
  • eleXsys Energy
  • Fenn Foods
  • GERMii Australia
  • Gilmour Space Technologies
  • Haventec
  • Hypersonix Launch Systems
  • LAB3
  • Murdoch Children’s Research Institute
  • MyPass Global
  • Nuheara
  • eSafety Commissioner
  • Pitcrew AI
  • Presien
  • Sea Forest Limited
  • Sleeptite
  • SPEE3D
  • UNSW SMaRT Centre

Australian Hero Award

To be announced at the Awards Gala Ceremony – selected from the winners of each of the other categories as the outstanding prize of the InnovationAus Awards for Excellence.

InnovationAus would like to thank all of our great partners and sponsors, who have made this awards possible: Verizon, Sitecore, Okta, the NSW Government, AusIndustry, Squiz, the Technology Council of Australia, Agile Digital, CSIRO, Digital Health CRC, IMCRC, METS Ignited, Microsoft Australia, Mimecast and Wrays.

Do you know more? Contact James Riley via Email.

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