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  • 18 May 2018 10:46

AIIA ACT iAwards showcase excellence in Australian innovation

Canberra, Australia – 17 May 2018 -- The Australian Information Industry Association (AIIA), the nation’s peak industry body for the technology sector, has today announced the ACT iAwards winners for 2018. AIIA’s iAwards, now celebrating 25 years, is Australia’s leading awards program for innovation in the digital economy.

Awards were presented in categories comprising Business Service Markets, Public Sector & Government, Students, Research & Development, Infrastructure & Platforms, Startups, Big Data and the inaugural Digital CBR iAward.

At a gala event held last night at Gandel Hall, The National Gallery of Australia in Canberra, ACT Chief Minister Andrew Barr presented Penten with the inaugural Digital CBR iAward.

"The ACT Government is committed to supporting the next generation of innovators in this important sector of our economy, as they work to develop important applications of technology to benefit the people of the ACT and beyond,” Chief Minister Barr said.

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 ACT iAwards. 

"Each year the iAwards 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.

AIIA Federal and ACT Council Chair, Greg Boorer spoke of the growth of the awards.

“In the 25th anniversary year of the iAwards it is fitting that we have had the largest ever number of entries showcasing amazing innovation across government and industry. The vibrant technology community of the ACT is alive and well and continues to punch above its weight nationally and internationally.”

Winners and merit recipients across all categories will go on to represent ACT 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 ACT 2018 state iAwards winners and merit recipients are:

Digital CBR iAward: • Penten – AltoCrypt Stik (Winner)

Business Service Markets: • Bonafide Software – REDengine (Winner) • Cogito Group – Jellyfish (Merit)

Public Sector & Government: • Penten – AltoCrypt Stik (Winner) • CSIRO's Data61 & Agile Digital – Expert Connect (Merit) • Department of Agriculture and Water Resources – Biosecurity Reporting for Northern Australia (Merit)

Senior Students: • Radford College – Mobile Light Rail App (Winner)

Undergraduate Tertiary Students: • Academy of Interactive Entertainment – PatchWord (Winner) • The Australian National University – EatWithMe (Merit)

Research & Development Project of the Year: • CSIRO's Data61 & Museum of Applied Arts & Sciences – Holographic Tour System (Winner)

Infrastructure & Platforms Innovation of the Year: • Penten – AltoCrypt Stik (Winner) • CSIRO's Data61 & Agile Digital – Expert Connect (Merit)

Startup of the Year: • OK RDY – OK RDY Mentorship Matching Platform (Winner)

Big Data Innovation of the Year: • Agile Digital, Vault Systems, Gulanga & Department of Health – Secure Health Data Research & Analytics Platform (Winner)

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, and Major PitchFest Sponsor CSIRO’s Data 61. The 2018 ACT iAwards is supported by state sponsors – ACT Government with the introduction of the Digital CBR iAward for excellence in public sector innovation, and NBNCo. -ENDS- 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.

Join the conversation AIIA’s iAwards get people talking about Digital Innovation. Take advantage of the buzz by joining the conversation on Twitter with #iAwards, liking iAwards on Facebook and staying in touch with LinkedIn.

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-Chejoski Tel: (02) 8355 3130

Rian Newman Tel: (02) 8006 5740

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