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iAwards Call for Entries

Wednesday, 16 Jan 2013

Entries Are Now Open for the 2013 iAwards – Australia’s Leading Awards Program for ICT Innovations

Wednesday 16 January, 2013 – The call for entries is now open for the 2013 iAwards, Australia’s premier technology awards program. The iAwards boasts the most comprehensive array of awards which recognise the achievements and contributions that ICT makes across all facets of the Australian economy.

The iAwards program recognises and celebrates the reach and value that ICT delivers throughout Australia and indeed the world.

Host partners the Australian Computer Society (ACS), Australian Information Industry Association (AIIA) and the Pearcey Foundation are calling for anyone who has created an innovative ICT product or service to enter the 2013 iAwards.

“We’re keen to see the latest ICT product and services, developed by professionals or organisations, which demonstrate true innovation and have the potential to, or are already, adding value and driving productivity. ICT is everywhere and we are looking forward to seeing the next wave of innovations and future thinking at this year’s iAwards,” commented Wayne Fitzsimmons, Chairman, The Pearcey Foundation and iAwards host partner.
Cameron Tuesley, Managing Director of Integral, a 2012 iAward and APICTA winner has said of the program, "Integral is delighted to have won the 2012 iAward for Sustainability & IT and to have then gone on to win the APICTA award for Green and Sustainable IT for our Queensland ClimateSmart Home Service technology platform, which we developed in partnership with LGIS.”

“To be recognised by such highly esteemed awards programs - and on a national and then an international stage - is a great validation of the effort, passion and innovation that went in to making this program such a success."

Some of the categories for this year’s iAwards program have been changed to reflect the shifting landscape that is the Australian ICT community. The result is a new look 2013 iAwards program across seven domains, recognising individual achievement, product innovation, project excellence and entrepreneurial spirit.

Amongst the new 2013 iAwards categories are Community and Consumer, as well as new Regional and Resources categories which aim to recognise the ICT innovators who are making their mark in the regional and rural areas.
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“We’ve worked hard to ensure that the 2013 iAwards program has evolved in the same way as the ever changing ICT industry so that the new frontiers, where ICT innovation is adding value, are included and celebrated by the iAwards program,” Mr Fitzsimmons added.

From Health and Education to Resources and Mining, from Finance and Government to the CIOs and ICT Professionals who lead the way - the 2013 iAwards program will showcase the ways in which ICT adds value and drives productivity and innovation in Australia. If either your company or you have created an innovative ICT product or service – and you think you have what it takes to be an iAwards winner – then enter today.

Alternatively, if you know an outstanding ICT innovator, you can nominate them for an individual achievement iAward. As the only truly international ICT awards program in Australia, company winners of the 2013 iAwards will have the opportunity to compete with businesses from across the Asia Pacific region at the 2013 APICTA Awards (Asia Pacific ICT Awards) in Hong Kong.

Submit an entry for your product or company or nominate an outstanding individual in Australia’s most prestigious ICT awards program, the 2013 iAwards, or to find out more, visit www.iawards.com.au

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2013 iAwards Categories

Development Domain

  • New Product
  • R&D
  • Tools

Industry Domain

  • Industrial
  • Financial
  • Resources
Service Domain
  • Consumer
  • Education
  • Government
  • Health

Society Domain

  • Community
  • Regional
  • Sustainability

Student Domain

  • Secondary
  • Undergraduate Tertiary
  • Postgraduate Tertiary

Professional Domain

  • CIO
  • ICT Professional
  • ICT Woman
  • ICT Educator

Pioneer Domain

  • Start-up
  • Vic Gov Inspiration iAward
  • Benson Entrepreneur
  • Pearcey Medal/Hall of Fame

Key 2013 iAwards Dates – put these in your calendar!

Call for Entries Open 16 January, 2013
Call for Entries Close 15 March, 2013
State iAwards Winners Presentations 1 – 21 June, 2013
National Phase 2 onsite judging 5 - 6 August, 2013 - Melbourne
2013 iAwards Main Events including Gala Dinner & 8 August, 2013 – Crown, Melbourne Innovation Showcase

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For media information, interviews and other, please contact:
Kerryn Nelson
Big Mouth Marketing Communications Pty Ltd
Ph: 03 9785 3050 / 0417 035 536
E: kerryn.nelson@bigmouth.net.au

For iAwards program information, please contact:
iAwards Program Management
Ph: 1300 665 145 E: admin@iawards.com.au

About the iAwards
Over 19 years, the iAwards has become the premier technology awards platform in Australia delivering the most comprehensive awards program in the technology industry today. Since 2011 the iAwards have been open to both the companies at the cutting edge technology innovation as well as leading professionals across the industry. The iAwards are judged by industry, for industry and provide achievements with public recognition that extends across the ICT sector to government, community and beyond. They are strongly focused on promoting essential relationships between the ICT industry and vertical business sectors in every field to promote the value of our industry where it counts most. For more information, please contact admin@iawards.com.au or visit www.iawards.com.au

About the ACS
The Australian Computer Society is the professional association for Australia’s Information and Communication Technology (ICT) sector. In everything we do, our goal is to help our members be the best they can be. We’re passionate about recognising professionalism, developing ICT skills and building a community with a true sense of belonging. Our members are committed to the pursuit of excellence and the highest standards of professional conduct. We strive for ICT to be recognised as a driver of innovation in our society, relevant across all sectors.For more information, please visit www.acs.org.au

About AIIA
The Australian Information Industry Association (AIIA) is the nation’s peak industry body and advocacy group for the ICT industry. AIIA’s goal is to create a world class information, communications & technology industry delivering productivity, innovation & leadership for Australia. AIIA influences public policy and provides members with programs, tools, advisory services and market intelligence to accelerate their business growth. For more information, please visit www.aiia.com.au

About the Pearcey Foundation
Founded in 1998 in memory of Dr Trevor Pearcey, who built Australia’s first and the world’s fourth programmable electronic digital computer, CSIRAC, in Sydney in 1949, the foundation is a group of concerned individuals fostering the aims and achievements of the Australian ICT industry. Celebrating its 62nd anniversary this year, CSIRAC is the oldest surviving computer in the world. The Pearcey Foundation’s objective is to reinforce the recognition, knowledge and appreciation of Australia’s ongoing contribution to the development and growth of our ICT professions, research and industry. For more information about the Pearcey Foundation, please visit www.pearcey.org.au

About APICTA
The Asia Pacific ICT Awards (APICTA) is an international awards program that aims to increase ICT awareness in the community and assist in bridging the digital divide. By providing networking and product benchmarking opportunities to ICT innovators and entrepreneurs in the region, the program is designed to stimulate ICT innovation and creativity, promote economic and trade relations and facilitate technology transfer. Participants of the awards program comprise members of the APICTA Alliance guided by the Framework of Cooperation identifying how member-economies can work together in support of the Awards Program as well as other programs that foster development and growth of the ICT industry in the region. Australia has enjoyed phenomenal success at the APICTA Awards in recent years. As the only truly international ICT awards in Australia, company winners of the 2013 iAwards will have the opportunity to compete with businesses from across the Asia Pacific region at the 2013 Asia Pacific ICT Alliance Awards in Hong Kong. For more information, please visit www.apicta2013.com