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Victoria Recognises Local ICT Innovators with the Announcement of 2013 State iAwards Winners

Friday, 07 Jun 2013

On Wednesday 5th June, winners were announced across 16 categories at the Victorian State iAwards presentation ceremony; including 4 Individual iAwards categories and the Pearcey Entrepreneur award.  These awards recognise the State’s most innovative companies and individuals.

The Victorian State iAwards Presentation was attended by the Hon. Gordon Rich-Phillips, MLC, Assistant Treasurer, Minister for Technology and Minister for the Aviation Industry, Victorian State Government.  Over 190 guests including leading Victorian ICT industry figures and decision-makers, iAwards host organisations – ACS, AIIA and Pearcey Foundation, representatives from Victorian Government, sponsors and members of the local ICT industry attended a truly sensational celebration which provided excellent networking opportunities.

We are pleased to announce the Victorian winners of the Individual Categories;
ICT Educator of the Year - Professor Frada Burstein
ICT Professional of the Year - Dr Rod Dilnutt
ICT Woman of the Year - Chris Skipper-Conway
CIO of the Year - Susan Sly

The Pearcey State Entrepreneur Award for outstanding individuals who have 'taken a risk and made a difference' was awarded to Leni Mayo, Founding Investor at Tweaky Inc.

The iAwards is Australia’s premier technology awards program, aimed at recognising the contributions that ICT makes and the impact which the development and application of innovative technologies has on both the Australian and global economies. With success at a local State/Territory level, the program provides a pathway for ICT professionals, organisations and students to achieve international recognition.

Following the State iAwards presentations, the winners across all categories will go on to compete against the winners of other States and Territories for the National iAwards which will be announced at a Gala Dinner, held at Crown Palladium in Melbourne on August 8. This event will be attended by industry leaders, VIPS as well as many of ICT's finest.  This is the ICT's night of nights and not one to be missed!  Registrations are now open!  In addition, many of the 2013 National iAwards winners will then go on to represent Australia against the best innovators in the Asia-Pacific ICT industry who come together at the APICTA Awards to be held in Hong Kong.

The Victorian State iAwards were proudly supported by IBSA and the Australian Computer Society, Victoria.

For the full media release and details of the State iAwards Winners click here.

The iAwards is proudly hosted by The Australian Computer Society, The Australian Information Industry Association and The Pearcey Foundation.

For more information about the iAwards, please visit, email the iAwards team for more information: or call 1300 665 145.

Chris Skipper-Conway   
Above: Chris Skipper-Conway, ICT Woman of the Year; The Hon. Gordon Rich-Phillips, MLC, Assistant Treasurer, Minister for Technology and Minister for the Aviation Industry, Victorian State Government.

 State iAward
Above: 2013 State iAward trophy