2013 iAwards Winners Crowned
(M2 PressWIRE Via Acquire Media NewsEdge) TheNational 2013 iAwards winners were announced on August 8 at the iAwardsPresentation Ceremony and Gala Dinner held at Crown Melbourne.
The evening was attended by Senator, the Hon Kate Lundy, MinisterAssisting for Innovation and Industry, Minister Assisting for the DigitalEconomy and Craig Ondarchie, Victorian Government Parliamentary Secretary tothe Premier along with hundreds of guests from across the ICT industry, thewider business community, government and the education sector. The 2013 iAwardswas an impressive showcase of innovations in ICT and highlighted the many waysin which ICT is delivering innovation and can help to drive productivity andeconomic growth.
The iAwards isAustralia's premier technology awards program, focused on recognising thecontributions that ICT make across all sectors of the Australian and globaleconomies. The program provides a pathway for ICT professionals and students toachieve international recognition, with the journey for iAwards winnersbeginning each year with success at a local State or Territory level.
This year's winners included CSIRO, GS1 Australia and the Australian Good& Grocery Council, Geomatic Technologies and Sydney Trains, the Departmentof Tourism, Major Events, Small Business and the Commonwealth Games (Qld), OrganicResponse, UnityHealth and Xero. (go to http://www.iawards.com.au/ for full list of winners).
iAwards ChairRussell Yardley noted, "It's always rewarding to see the far reaching impactwhich the use of innovative technology has on our economy. ICT can lead toimprovements in productivity and can also have a tangible impact on society inareas as vast as health, education, mining and the environment."
He added, "Thisyear's iAwards program again uncovered some exceptional innovations in theapplication of ICT across many different industry areas and showcased the truevalue of ICT to our nation. We congratulate every nominee, state and nationalwinner for participating in this year's program and wish them well for thefuture."
In addition to the announcement of the national 2013 iAwards winners, theevening saw Dr Alex Zelinsky BSc, Phd (ACT) awarded the Pearcey Medal and theinduction of two new ICT luminaries into the Pearcey Hall of Fame - Robert ElzBA, LLB (Thailand) and Prof Rod Tucker BEng, PhD (Vic).
In support of thecontinuing development of the program, the 2014 iAwards will include a newaward, presented in conjunction with Hills Holdings - the Hills YoungAustralian ICT Innovator of the Year iAward.
Mr Yardley said ofthe new award, "By coming together to support these wonderful awards the threehost organisations ACS, AIIA and the Pearcey Foundation are striving to engageindustry, government and academia, to celebrate the incredible value that theICT industry offers and to motivate our young people to aspire to followcareers in science, technology, engineering and mathematics. "
As the only truly international ICT awards program inAustralia, company winners of the 2013 iAwards now have the opportunity tocompete with businesses from across the Asia Pacific region at the 2013 AsiaPacific ICT Alliance (APICTA) Awards.
Each year APICTA recognises the best in innovation fromacross the Asia Pacific ICT community. Past winners have gone on tointernational business success, secured funding, formed new partnerships and realisedsignificant business growth as a result of their expanded horizons.
APICTA Representative and Hong Kong Computer Society VicePresident, Stephen Lau, attended the evening to show the Asia Pacific ICTAlliance's endorsement of the 2013 iAwards program. The 2013 APICTAs will beheld in Hong Kong from 24 -- 27 November, 2013.
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