National iAwards

August 30, 2017

March 5, 2018

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Awards Description

For the past 25 years, the iAwards has unearthed, recognised and rewarded excellence in Australian innovation that is making a difference and has the potential to create positive change for the community – whether is be at home, in the office and on a global scale. iAwards submissions are accepted from innovators across the whole Australian economy, whether you are an individual, a group, a government or private organisation or a student.

Proudly hosted by the  Australian Information Industry Association (AIIA), the iAwards operates in all Australian states and territories, including in WA via WAITTA’s Incite Awards and in Tasmania with the support of TasICT.

Entries are judged on a state level, where iAwards winners and merit recipients at the state level proceed to become National Finalists, competing at the pinnacle event of the iAwards calendar: the National iAwards. View the judging process here.

2018 Key Dates

  • 30 August 2017 – Entries open. Enter here.
  • 15 December 2017 – Early bird entries close. Use the code EARLYBIRD2018.
  • 8 March 2018 – Entries close.
  • April 2018 – Judging (Round I).
  • May – June 2018 – iAwards State Gala Dinners.
  • 28 – 29 August 2018 – National iAwards Finalists Judging (Round II).
  • 30 August 2018 – National iAwards Gala Dinner.
  • December 2018 – APICTA.
State iAwards Events

Each State or Territory hosts an iAwards Presentation event in May, 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.

National iAwards

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.

Asia Pacific ICT Alliance (APICTA) Awards

With support and participation by many Asia Pacific economies,  this annual competition, where entries are usually already winners of ICT related award schemes in member economies, has over the decade grown to be regarded as a quality, prestigious and best-of-the-best award..National category iAward winners and merit recipients may be invited to compete at these awards.

Where is your innovation making a difference?

Whether your an individual, organisation or a student with an innovation that is solving a problem, there’s a category for you.

Student Categories

There are three student iAwards categories to support our young Australian innovatoes including juniorsenior and undergraduate tertiary students.

These categories are open to students attending schools, universities, TAFE and other relevant tertiary courses run by Registered Training Organisations (RTOs). Postgraduate Tertiary students should nominate in the main iAwards Organisation Categories.

Junior Students

Junior Students

Senior Students

Senior Students

Undergraduate Tertiary Students

Undergraduate Tertiary Students

Organisational Categories

An innovation could be making change across multiple industry markets. Therefore, organisational entries are eligible to select a maximum of three award categories. You must choose one Primary Category, and additionally you can select one Cross Industry Category and/or Cross-Technology.This diagram may aid your understanding of the category structure. Familarise yourself with the terms and conditions to see what is applicable to you.

Core Categories

Consumer Markets

Community v3

Community Service Markets

Industrial & Primary Industries

Business Service Markets

Public Sector and Government

Cross Technology Categories

Infrastructure & Platform Innovation of the Year

Big Data Innovation of the Year

Artificial Intelligence and Machine Learning

Cross Stage Categories

Research & Development Project of the Year

Startup of the Year

Terms and Conditions

One submission fee entitles an applicant to enter into a maximum of three (3) award categories; the fee is the same regardless of whether you enter into one, two or three categories. This entitlement is based on the condition that one category is selected from the ‘core categories‘, one is selected from the ‘cross-technology categories‘ and/or one is selected from the ‘cross-industry categories‘. Entry into one of the core categories is mandatory; entry into either of the cross categories is optional. An innovation does not need to win a Core Category award to be eligible for a Cross Category award. For full Terms and Conditions, please click here.

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iAwards Judging

The iAwards engage the most experienced and respected Judges in the industry from a variety of backgrounds such as C-level executives, entrepreneurs/capital raisers, commercialisation/productisation experts, academics and technology subject matter experts.

Each judging panel is assembled to ensure entries are assessed by judges with a variety of perspectives and experiences. iAwards Judges volunteer their time to share their valuable knowledge and experience of innovation, ensuring the iAwards program identifies the best in Australian innovation each year.

Meet the 2017 iAwards judges

Who Oversees the iAwards Judging?

The iAwards Chief Judge and the Category Judges, form the iAwards Judges Council. This council oversees the entire judging process to ensure confidentiality, transparency and integrity are maintained.

If you’re interested in being involved in our judging program, please email

Judging Process

Judging for the iAwards takes place over two competition rounds. View our judging flowchart for a quick snapshot of the 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 – 28-29 August 2018

Round II (the national round) of judging identifies the National iAwards 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 Dinnerto be held late August in Melbourne. In many instances, our winners then proceed to represent Australia at the Asia Pacific ICT Awards (APICTA).

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