InnovationAus 2021 Awards: Wildcard category finalists

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The InnovationAus 2021 WildCard Award celebrates unique and innovative Australian individuals and companies that are so unique and innovative that they don’t fit into the other categories.

The category was open to individuals and organisations which have made an impact in sectors such as the creative industries, FinTech, artificial intelligence and machine learning, smart cities, emergency and instant response and edge computing. It was also open to technologies that have applications across verticals and that have or will contribute significantly to the industry and community.

Finalists for the 2021 Wildcard Award include a quantum computing pioneering, a startup helping the way we hear, a company creating artificial intelligence solutions for road safety and one reinventing sensors for self-driving vehicles.

The finalists in this category are:

The InnovationAus 2021 Awards for Excellence will be presented at a gala black-tie dinner held on Wednesday, December 1, at the Overseas Passenger Terminal in Sydney. You can book your tickets at the Awards website. For further enquiries, please email

Behind the finalists

Q-CTRL is a Sydney-based tech firm using control to solve the hardest problems facing quantum technology, improving hardware performance and accelerating pathways to useful quantum computers and other technologies.With its professionally developed tools, Q-CTRL is putting its deep expertise in quantum control into the hands of Australians.

Advanced Mobility Analytics Group (AMAG) is a Brisbane-based organisation which has partnered with the University of Queensland, University of British Columbia and Queensland University of Technology to produce extensive research and refinements of the technology of predictive analytics for road safety. In 2020 the group released the world’s first software-as-a-service analytical tool that relies on artificial intelligence and deep learning, behavioural economics and video analytics to significantly reduce fatalities and injuries on transport systems around the world. Its capabilities have been tested and validated in 23 cities across eight countries over the last decade.

Baraja is a Sydney-based startup helping to make autonomous vehicles a reality. The company has developed a world-class LiDAR (light detection and ranging) sensor, which enables computer-controlled vehicles to “see” objects and accurately identify the distances to them. This technology was developed through Baraja’s patented platform Spectrum-Scan.

Nuheara is a Perth-based global pioneer in the hearables space. The company has addressed an unmet need in providing accessible and affordable technologies for those seeking a hearing solution. With four years of innovative design and development, Nuheara has led the way in the emerging hearables product category, bringing together dynamic and forward-thinking technology to improve people’s lives. Nuheara’s products have become the standard-bearer of intelligence in the rapidly-growing hearables category.

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