ICT innovation leaders collect top honours at Queensland iAwards

Annual industry award program announces Queensland winners for 2015

Friday, 26 Jun 2015

Last night the leaders in ICT innovation received the accolades of the industry as the iAwards winners were announced for Queensland at an exclusive cocktail reception held at the Edge Auditorium, Queensland State Library.

There was healthy competition this year, with 45 nominations submitted across all categories. The successful winners and merit recipients will go on to compete at the national iAwards on 25-27 August, in Melbourne.

In recognition of the exciting ICT economy in Queensland, this year’s awards were presided over by the Hon Leeanne Enoch, Minister for Housing and Public Works and Minister for Science and Innovation and Steve Baxter, Entrepreneur and Investor, whose speeches focused on the importance on innovation in Queensland and the importance of students becoming entrepreneurs.

Winners of the 2015 Queensland iAwards, across five domains and 16 categories:

  • Development:
    • Research and Development - Biodiversity and Climate Change Virtual Lab (BCCVL), Griffith University
    • New Product - Rubicon Red MyST, Rubicon Red Pty Ltd
    • Start-up - PlantMiner.com.au, PlantMiner
  • Industry:
    • Applications, Tools & Platforms - CryptoPhoto, CryptoPhoto.com Pty Ltd
    • Financial - MarginSuite - derivatives, GBST Holdings Ltd
    • Industrial and Resources - Our People App, Readify
  • Service:
    • Education - aXcelerate, VM Learning
    • Government - Government Wireless Network, Department of Science, Information Technology and Innovation & Telstra
    • Health - The Pericoach System, Analytica Ltd & Hydrix Services Pty Ltd
  • Under-25s – Hills  Young Innovator of the Year
    • Mobile - Braille Sensor, Tremayne Pendragon
    • Cloud - Tanda, Alex Ghiculescu
  • Students:
    • Secondary - Braille Sensor, Stretton State College
    • Undergraduate Tertiary - Physiotric, Griffith University
    • Postgraduate Tertiary - Software-mediated Process Assessment (SMPA), University of Southern Queensland (USQ)

Further information regarding all winners and merit recipients is available here.

Kate Burleigh, Managing Director Intel Australia/NZ and Chair of the iAwards Steering Committee, spoke after the ceremony, “This year’s entrants blew us away with their innovative ideas and creative thinking, and it is thrilling to see minds like these contributing to Queensland innovation. As the standard of work and ideas improve year on year, the iAwards continue to showcase the best in the industry. We are excited to see the Queensland winners compete at the national level in August.”

Science and Innovation Minister Leeanne Enoch said the iAwards are an opportunity to recognise and acknowledge the innovative and entrepreneurial spirit of Queensland’s information and communications technology sector.

“The strength of our state’s economy and our ability to develop the jobs of the future depends on our ability to grow a tech-enabled workforce. We need to embrace the culture that exists across our ICT sector, and the iAwards are a chance to celebrate some of those organisations and individuals who are leading the field,” she said.

The national iAwards winners are given the opportunity to compete on a global level with businesses from across the Asia Pacific region at APICTA (Asia Pacific ICT Awards) on 18-22 November, in Sri Lanka.


Notes to editors
About the iAwards:
The iAwards honours both companies at the cutting edge of technology innovation as well as leading professionals across the ICT industry. Most importantly, the iAwards recognises the achievements of home-grown Australian innovators.

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Press contact (for additional information or to request interviews with the iAwards, alumni or previous winners):
Nicole Campbell, AIIA
0438 300 133