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Society Domain iAwards recognise ICT excellence that meets current and ongoing community, social and environmental needs of Australians wherever they are located. Technology infrastructure is changing the way we as a society connect, work and play.
The use of ICT to improve the community and lifestyle of everyone either directly or indirectly, is a guiding principle of the rapidly developing global digital economy in which Australia is a major player.
The Society Domain encompasses the broad spectrum of innovation from within the home, SMEs, agriculture and local industry through to protecting the environment, implementing sustainable regional development practices and providing a high standard of living which can remain a reachable target into the foreseeable future. Australian innovation is a world leader in developing and implementing ICT that makes a difference to society.
ICT is rapidly helping to break down the barriers that prevent some members of the community from fully participating in, and contributing to, their society. Australian innovators are renowned for their developments that enhance social inclusion and improve the wellbeing of the community.
The recognition of the importance of ICT in supporting, promoting and encouraging social inclusion and community cohesion has presented the sector with challenges in how best to develop and apply innovation to facilitate these goals while also ensuring the technology is accessible and affordable.
The iAwards Regional category covers innovative ICT solutions in a regional, rural or remote location. Solutions may be developed by organisations based outside of the capital cities employing ICT professionals and supporting the growth of the local software economy.
This category also covers projects whereby implementation and benefits are predominantly delivered to regional, rural and remote communities, excluding nominations in the Mining and Resources area.
This may cover but is not limited to e-agriculture, agribusiness, rural development, local government or businesses. Initiatives in NBN early release sites or towns outside of the capital cities are encouraged to showcase their unique applications of ICT to their local context.
ICT spending globally is expected to top $3.7 trillion this year, a growing percentage of which is on technology developed to improve environmental outcomes to meet community expectations while allowing for sustainable and viable business and industry growth.
Companies and individuals within the green and sustainable IT sector are faced with the challenge of developing solutions that offset, or at least minimise, the consequences of development and economic growth while meeting the needs that demand such development and growth. Using ICT innovation for cleaner, greener technology has become an imperative for the community, government and industry and one which presents huge opportunities to Australian innovators.