If a picture tells a thousand words, then there was plenty going on at the inaugural InnovationAus Awards for Excellence 2021 on December 1. It was wonderful to have the so many parts of the innovation ecosystem in one room, cheering each other on. Congratulations to all of our finalists and winners. But a special cheer must go to the joint winners of the big award of the evening – Australian Hero – to Michael Biercuk and his team at Q-CTRL, and Sam Elsom and his team at Sea Forest. We salute you!