Seven Victorian organisations received recognition at the 2017 National iAwards held last night in Melbourne, demonstrating the state’s strengths as Australia’s technology innovation capital.

Members of the Victorian Smart-r-Tag team from SensaData & La Trobe’s Centre for Technology Infusion, Merit award recipients in the Industrial & Primary Industries section.

Minister for Small Business, Innovation and Trade Philip Dalidakis congratulated the award recipients and commended all entrants for their commitment to developing new digital solutions that make a difference to people’s lives.

“As the nation’s digital technology and innovation capital, Victoria is proud to have been home to the iAwards for a decade. This event and the Digital Innovation Festival give us a great opportunity to celebrate those who are developing game changing technologies for our future industries. Congratulations to all the award recipients tonight. You are making a difference to our economy and our lives and we are proud that you’ll be representing us on the world stage later this year.”

Minister for Small Business, Innovation and Trade Philip Dalidakis

“Congratulations to @21powershot for winning the Junior School entrants @theiAwards category. Great young kids with a very bright future.” – Philip Dalidakis

The iAwards is one of 130 events being held during Victoria’s Digital Innovation Festival (DIF) which concludes on September 6.

The DIF is showcasing the state’s strong tech ecosystem and celebrating the entrepreneurs, businesses, students and researchers that make Melbourne Australia’s ‘Top Tech City’.

Winners of the Undergraduate Tertiary Students iAward, the VICHyper Hyperloop Team from RMIT, Victoria.

Victoria’s digital tech sector generates approximately $35 billion in revenue each year and employs around 87,000 people with about a further 80,000 digital tech professionals employed across other sectors of the economy.

The National iAwards have been held in Melbourne since 2008. They are presented by the Australian Information Industry Association (AIIA) which has had a huge supporter of Australia’s digital tech industry for 23 years.

The 2017 National iAward winners will continue on to the Asia Pacific ICT Alliance Awards in Bangladesh in December.



Victorian Government Inspiration of the Year Award Winner

  • Fastbrick Robotics – Fastbrick Robotics Limited (Winner)

AIIA Innovation of the Year Award

  • Balconi Smart Torch – Global Live – Balconi Telecommunications (Winner)

Big Data / Machine Learning Innovation of the Year

  • Life Whisperer – Life Whisperer Diagnostics (Merit Recipient)
  • Sensing+ – The Yield Technology Solutions (Winner)

Business Service Markets

  • Corona Compliance Management – Norwood Systems (Winner)
  • LiveHire – LiveHire (Winner) VIC

LiveHire enables employers to create live talent communities and shift from expensive and lengthy reactive recruitment to 100% proactive recruitment and positive candidate experiences.
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Community Service Markets

  • eBeacon – Ionata Digital and Beacon Foundation (Merit Recipient)
  • Balconi Smart Torch – Global Live – Balconi Telecommunications (Winner)

Consumer Markets

  • Prezzee Digital Gift Cards – Prezzee (Merit Recipient)
  • BajaBoard – BajaBoard (Winner) [VIC]

BajaBoard is the off-road, all-terrain, electric powered skateboard.
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Industrial & Primary Industries

  • Smart-r-Tag – SensaData & La Trobe’s Centre for Technology Infusion (Merit Recipient) [VIC]

Smart-r-Tag measures and reports critical conditions throughout a product’s supply chain. A next-gen technology solution that makes asset tracking not only smarter but also affordable.
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  • Fastbrick Robotics – Fastbrick Robotics Limited (Winner)

Infrastructure & Platforms Innovation of the Year

  • HMR Referrals – Conduct & HMR Referrals (Merit Recipient) [VIC]

Cloud-based national solution for timely and secure home medicine review (HMR) referrals between clinic-based GPs and outreach healthcare practitioners.
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  • Cross Domain Desktop Compositor – DST Group & Data61 (Winner)

Junior Students

  • Table Talks – (Merit Recipient)
  • Reading Republic – an app for book loving kids – (Merit Recipient)
  • PowerShot App – (Winner) QLD [pictured above]

PowerShot is a revolutionary new app that combines technology, sport and games to measure how fast you can kick, hit or throw a ball. Created by young innovators, the app will have a leader board, record all kicks accurately, show progress and will work with most ball games. Coaches and players will be able to use the app as an important coaching tool. It will be available initially on apple devices with a view to availability through the Play Store.

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Mobility Innovation of the Year

  • Balconi Smart Torch – Global Live – Balconi Telecommunications (Merit Recipient)
  • Smileyscope – Smileyscope (Merit Recipient) [VIC]

Smileyscope solves paediatric problems using virtual reality. We transform needle procedures by keeping kids still and calm, allowing clinicians to insert needles safely and successfully.
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  • Prezzee Digital Gift Cards – Prezzee (Winner)

Public Sector & Government

  • eResearch Ecosystem – University of Tasmania (Merit Recipient)
  • SenSIGN – Automated Asset Mapping Solution, SenSen Networks (Merit Recipient) [VIC]

SenSIGN uses a world first automated platform to provide councils with a comprehensive and fully accurate report of all road signs and line marking assets.
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  • NSW Trauma App: Innovative support care tool – NSW Health ACI/Institute of Trauma & Injury Management (Winner)

Research & Development Project of the Year

  • Vision Processing for the Bionic Eye – Data61 (Merit Recipient)
  • Cross Domain Desktop Compositor – DST Group & Data61 (Winner)

Senior Students

  • Tolka – Como Secondary College (Merit Recipient)
  • The Mass Platform – Kidtechnic (Merit Recipient)
  • An Aspie Life – (Winner)

Startup of the Year

  • SponServe – SponServe (Merit Recipient)
  • Life Whisperer – Life Whisperer Diagnostics (Merit Recipient)
  • Sensing+ – The Yield Technology Solutions (Winner)

Undergraduate Tertiary Students

  • Digitran – (Merit Recipient)
  • VICHyper Hyperloop Team – (Winner) [VIC]

The discussion on the best mode of public transport for short distances (<1000 km) is a complex issue, particularly around the definition of “best”, and included factors such as cost, environmental impact, infrastructure, travel time, comfort and job creation. However, given the growth in high speed rail capacity in Europe and Japan in particular, it shows that high speed train is a competitive mode of transport and these countries have made significant investment in improving their high speed rail network. The VicHyper design takes the rail transport a quantum step forward by presenting an innovative transportation system that offers travel speeds similar to aircraft speeds (560 km/hour), but maintains the benefits of rail transportation. This new system will challenge air transportation on medium range (>2000 km), for example Melbourne to Brisbane.
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