Tech Diversity Shines At National iAwards

02 September 2016

The diversity of Victoria’s digital technology sector was on show at the 2016 National iAwards held in Melbourne last night, with Victorian tech companies collecting five awards for innovative solutions in agriculture, health, education and social welfare.

Minister for Small Business, Innovation and Trade Philip Dalidakis congratulated the winners for their work on innovative solutions that improved the quality of life and increased Australia’s global market competitiveness.

Melbourne-based AgriWebb received high accolades, winning both the iAward for the Industrial and Primary Industries category and also the award for Startup of the Year for the AgriWebb Notebook and Saleyard.

Other Victorian winners included Infoxchange, StarRez and LaTrobe University.

The national iAwards are Australia’s leading awards program for recognising and rewarding Australian innovation, this year attracting 600 entries from startups, government, corporates and students from across the nation.

The iAwards are part of the Victoria’s first Digital Innovation Festival which will run until 9 September celebrating the talent and ideas that give Victoria’s digital tech industry its distinctive edge.

Victoria is Australia’s technology hub, with the industry generating more than $34 billion in annual revenue, employing more than 83,000 people in around 8,000 companies and exporting $3 billion annually.

The 2016 National iAward winners will continue on to the Asia Pacific ICT Alliance Awards, held in Taiwan, Taipei on 2-5 December 2016. Link

Quotes attributable to Minister for Small Business, Innovation and Trade Philip Dalidakis

"It’s a great honour for Victoria, Australia's undisputed IT and tech capital, to host the 22nd iAwards.”

“Congratulations to all entrants and, in particular, to the iAwards winners who will be representing us on the world stage at the Asia Pacific ICT Alliance awards in December."

“We’re proud to support Victoria’s growing digital tech sector through our $60 million dollar start-up program LaunchVic, and as host of national and global events just like this one.”

2016 National iAwards Winners

Victorian Government Inspiration of the Year Award

Entry: automed

Organisation: automed

Victorian Winners

Community Services Category

Entry: Ask Izzy: The A to Z of homeless help

Organisations: Infoxchange, Google, REA Group & News Corp Australia

Export of the Year

Entry: StarRez Housing, Conduct and Conference Software

Organisation: StarRez

Research & Development Project of the Year

Entry: ASDetect

Organisations: La Trobe University - OTARC & Salesforce

Startup of the Year

Entry: The AgriWebb NoteBook and SaleYard

Organisation: AgriWebb

2016 National iAwards – Victorian Commendations of Merit

Industrial & Primary Industries

Entry: The AgriWebb NoteBook and SaleYard

Organisation: AgriWebb

Reviewed 19 August 2020

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