State iAwards Events
Each State or Territory hosts an iAwards Presentation event in May / June, where local branches, sponsors and members of the digital economy announce the State and Territory Winners and Merit recipients for the iAwards. These awards honour the best and most innovative solutions in each State or Territory.
Winners and merit recipients of these State and Territory awards go on to represent their State or Territory at the National iAwards, held in Melbourne in August.
The pinnacle event in the iAwards calendar each year is the National iAwards. This collaborative series of events are planned to showcase the inspiring achievements of our home grown innovations.
Winners from the State iAwards present their pitches live to the judges. The judges will finalise the winners and merit recipients in each category, to be presented at the National iAwards Presentation and Gala Dinner in Melbourne. The Gala celebration dinner provides the grand finale for the event and will and will be held in August this year. The event has traditionally been a fantastic evening, with fantastic food and fun, with plenty of opportunities to meet like-minded peers and potential investors.
For more details on the 2017 iAwards events, click here.
Judging for the iAwards is a two-round process.
Round I - State Judging
April and May
Round I (the state round) of judging is conducted online. Once all nominations are submitted are submitted, each judge assesses the relevant entries online against the response criteria and scores appropriately. The outcome is the awarding of state winners, where applicable, in each of the categories. State winners are presented with their iAwards at the State iAwards events in May and June. Merit recipients may also be awarded.
State winners and Merit recipients (where relevant) then go on to become the 'National Finalists', where they compete against winners from other states and territories in Round II.
Round II - National Judging
Round II (the national round) of judging identifies the National iAward Winners. Finalists from each the State iAwards will pitch their innovations to an esteemed panel of industry leading judges in the final stages of their iAwards journey. Winners and merit recipients are presented with their trophies and/or certificates at the pinnacle event of the iAwards calendar: the National iAwards Gala Dinner, to be held on 31 August in Melbourne. In many instances, our winners then proceed to represent Australia at the Asia Pacific ICT Awards (APICTA).