Hello and welcome to the iAwards webinarMy name is Kelly Hutchinson and I am the Executive Judge for 2012 and have been involved in the iAwards since 2008. I’d also like to introduce Jim Ellis who is the iAwards Chief Judge again this year. Together with the iAwards Judging Council we oversee the nominations and judging of the iAwards. Today’s categories also align with the international APICTA Award Categories and Jim and I both were judges in Thailand last November which saw 6 Australian companies receive honors. But more about that later.
Today we are going to run through a rather comprehensive agenda which should provide you with insights into how the iAwards works and how you can make the most of your experience.
In 2011 we saw the iAwards expand further, delivering the most comprehensive iAwards program in the technology industry today with Australia's three peak industry bodies: The Australian Computer society (ACS), Australian Information Industry Association (AIIA) and Pearcey Foundation coming together to deliver one truly premier industry awards event.This is the 18th year of the iAwards in Australia.The iAwards are the information and communications technology industry’s international awards program recognising the very best applications of Australian-developed technology innovations across industries such as media, financial services, government, hospitality and healthcare. Most importantly, the iAwards honour your achievements and provide you with unparalleled marketing opportunities and business credibility in a competitive marketplace. National company winners go on to represent Australia at the Asia Pacific ICT Alliance Awards (APICTAs), where they will compete with the best of the Asia Pacific region. In 2011 Australia had 6 APICTA winners, our best result ever. This year, the competition will be held in Bruneiin December and we hope to continue the wonderful results.
Past winners tell us that winning an iAward is one of the best value marketing tools they have found and that their win has had a measurable impact on their business, so we encourage you to consider what winning an iAward could do for you.
Please note these key dates. The nominations are now open for the company categories. Nominations close on 29th April, with the State company winners announced in early July.Individual nominations will open on 28th March and will close on 20th May. National Company and Individual winners will be announced on the 4th of August at our iAwards presentation and gala dinner at the Palladium Ballroom at Crown in Melbourne. This event is not just for iAwards state winners, but is the Australian ICT industry’s “night of nights” attracting up to 1000 national and international guests.As previously mentioned, once your company has nominated, your entry will be assessed by our first round panel of judges from around the country. The top entry from each state per category will be announced as the State winner. Company State winners will be then go onto participate in the second round of judging which will be held in Melbourne on 2nd and 3rd of August, where they will be given half an hour to present their entry to a panel of esteemed judges. Attendance is not mandatory, judging can take place via teleconference, however it is highly recommended. Individual winners go through a slightly different process with one phase of judging taking place online and shortlisted candidates potentially by phone if scores are too close to decide. Final winners are secretly disclosed to all nominees in advance with the final winner presented at the national awards presentations.
The 2012 iAwards celebrates excellence across multiple domains, which should make it easier for nominees to identify the right category to enter. Further information is available online or in the iAwards Category Guide.
To enter a nomination for the 2012 iAwards program you simply need to visit the iAwards website and register your nomination. The register button is at the top of each page. At registration you are able to select a login ID and password. You can then login using your Login Id and Password and download the nomination template. You can enter in as many categories as you like but note, there are slight differences between the nomination templates, so make sure you use the correct one for each category you are entering.Once you are happy with your completed template, lodge it online for consideration by the judging panel using your existing Login Id and Password.Please make sure that you submit your nomination form via the iAwards website by NO LATER THAN 5.00 pm AEST onWednesday 9 May 2012.Only nominations submitted in the correct nomination form will only be accepted. Please note, once you have pressed the submit button, you cannot change your entry.Please be aware that nominations received after the deadline will not be considered. The iAwards nomination fee is $330.00 for company categoriesand free for student project categories – please note that these fees are inclusive of GST.Nominations will not be accepted until payment has been received. If you or your company are submitting multiple nominations, please be advised that the nomination fees are per nomination.
The process for company and individual category judging is different. Today’s session is focused on the company/group categories. To provide better opportunities for award nominees to be showcased at both the state and national level, companycategory iAward judging begins at the state and territory level, awarding state winners in each of the national iAwards categories. This phase provides state winners the opportunity to develop a higher local profile and stronger recognition in their home areas.State category winners then go on to compete at a national level, where they will present to a judging panel and compete against winners from other states and territories.Phase one judging to determine state winners, is conducted online based on your written nomination. Phase two is face to face judging and is held in Melbourne on 7th and 8th August. We encourage all state winners to travel to Melbourne for these important panel judging sessions; although alternate arrangements for teleconferences and the like can be made if you cannot travel.Then we recommend you stay on in Melbourne for the Awards presentation Ceremony and Gala Dinner to be held on the 9th August.
When preparing your entry, consider it as a business or professional proposal. Aspects such as clarity, grammar and succinctness will all be noticed by the judges. Make sure your answers do directly respond to each question and provide substantiation of your claims where possible.The judges read a large number of entries, so it is also very important to stick to the word limits.The judges will read your nomination and score it against a number of criteria. It is important that you demonstrate each of these criteria in your responses in the nomination form. There is more detail on each of the judging criteria for each award category on the iAwards website.A logo (for company categories) or photo (for individuals) must be submitted with your nomination.In addition to this, you have the option to submit 5 supporting attachments with your submission. These can consist of anything from product brochures, referee statements, a video about your product or service or any other material that supports your nomination. We highly recommend you submit at least 1 photo of the nominee, or of your product or service in action with your entry. These should illustrate use of your product and if you are a finalist may be used at the gala dinner. These may also be provided to the media if you win and they ask for supporting material.
The winners in each of our national company iAwards categories will go on to compete internationally in the Asia Pacific ICT Awards (or the APICTA Awards) which will be held in Bruneiin December.The APICTA Awards are an international awards program which increases ICT awareness by providing networking and product benchmarking opportunities to ICT innovators and entrepreneurs in the region. The program is designed to stimulate ICT innovation and creativity, promote economic and trade relations, facilitate technology transfer, and offer business matching opportunities via exposure to venture capitalists and investors.2011 saw 6 Australian companies winning a prestigious APICTA award.We are looking forward to another successful year in 2012.
There is a FAQ page on the iAwards website for your reference. Please make sure you have a look at the website and if you have any other questions at any stage, don’t hesitate to contact the iAwards team on 1300 665 145, email them at email@example.com or visit the iAwards website.
The iAwards could not exist without the generous support from our sponsors.The Awards are proudly brought to you by host partners the ACS, AIIA and Pearcey Foundation, major partner the Victorian Government.Limited sponsorship opportunities still exist. Please contact the iAwards Team at firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.
2012 iAwards briefing company categories
iAwards Webinar Briefing Company/Group Categories Presented by: Kelly Hutchinson, Executive Judge Jim Ellis, Chief JudgeHost Partners Major Partner iawards.com.au
Webinar overview • What are the iAwards? • Why should you enter? • Key dates for 2012 • iAwards Category Domains Kelly Hutchinson • iAwards Nomination Process Executive Judge • Eligibility to Nominate • Judging Process Company/Group Categories • Hints from past Judges • Winner’s Story Jim Ellis • APICTA Awards Chief Judge • QuestionsHost Partners Major Partner Hot links to iAwards info
What are the iAwards? The impact that ICT has on every part of our economy and its influence on our day to day activities is celebrated by the iAwards each year. The iAwards programs goal is to provide business, industry and government with a clear view of the people leading ICT in Australia and the quality of innovation being produced. National company winners go on to compete with the best in the Asia Pacific region making the iAwards the only truly international awards program delivered to the national ICT community.Host Partners Major Partner
Why should you enter? Are you... • Searching for ways of entering the market or finding new markets? • Looking for new ways to market yourself? • Taking your company to the next level through technology? Do you... • Know an ICT superstar who deserves recognition? • Empower your people – and love watching them take the credit? • Have the ‘next big thing’? Then the iAwards are for you! Major PartnerHost Partners Register Now
Key dates for 2012 Expressions of Interest Open 9 January 2012 Individual and Company Category Nominations Open 5 March 2012 Online Briefing Sessions Throughout March 2012 Individual and Company Category Online Nominations Close 9 May 2012 Company Category Phase One Judging Opens 16 May 2012 Company Category Phase One Judging Closes 28 May 2012 Individual Category Judging opens 1 June 2012 Individual Category Judging closes 15 June 2012 State Winners Presentations 2-6 July 2012 Phase Two Online Briefing Sessions 11-18 July 2012 Company Category Phase Two Judging – Melbourne 7-8 August 2012 iAwards Australia 3.0 Forum – Melbourne 9 August 2012 iAwards Nominees VIP Networking Luncheon - Melbourne 9 August 2012 iAwards Gala Dinner – Melbourne 9 August 2012 iAwards CalendarHost Partners Major Partner
iAwards Category Domains The 2012 iAwards celebrates excellence across multiple domains which should make it easier for nominees to identify the right category to enter. Those in green below are company/group categories. Society Education Industry Consumer Individual Pioneers Industrial Application New Media & Pearcey Medal e-Government e-Learning CIO of the Year & Hall of Fame Entertainment Security ICT Secondary Benson e-inclusion & Financial Tourism & Professional of Student Entrepreneur e-community Application Hospitality the Year e-Logistics & Supply Chain ICT Woman of Tertiary Student iAwards Communication the Year Sustainability & Innovation Tools & Green IT Infrastructure Research & ICT Educator of Development Exporter e-Health the Year Start-UpHost Partners Major Partner Category Info
Pioneer Categories All National Finalists who are Australian headquartered companies are automatically eligible for the Inspiration iAward and Start-up iAward Pioneer Categories free of charge. Inspiration iAward Start-up iAward All iAwards National Winners from all All iAwards National Finalists whereby company/group categories are considered the company itself is still considered at the for this award early stage of inception and were registered after Jan 2010 can nominate for this special award Please note: These categories are only judged at the second round of the iAwards. To be eligible you need to submit a nomination in one of the other company/group categories and win or be awarded a merit in the state iAwards and proceed to the national finals. You will be contacted to complete additional information as required Major Partner PioneerHost Partners Categories
iAwards Nomination Process The basics – quick reference • Register your interest online at the iAwards Portal www.iawardsportal.com.au • Login using your assigned Login Id and Password • Download the Award Template/s for each of the categories you are interested in and complete offline. • Create a new submission online using your completed template. Once logged in complete steps 1-3. • Cost is $330 per entry – if you enter more than one category it is an additional $330 (inc. GST) *There is no charge for Individual categories • Nominations close at 5pm AEDST on Wednesday 9 May 2012 How to EnterHost Partners Major Partner
Eligibility to Nominate Before nominating for the iAwards please review the Fine Print and be sure you are eligble to enter. All nominees are responsible for ensuring that you meet all Terms & Conditions. For Company/Group Awards • The iAwards are open to companies and organisations registered and operating in Australia (Australian Business Number required); • The nominee must own the IP of the solution which they are nominating for the award. • At least 51% of product development efforts including research, development and design must have taken place in Australia; • Any innovation which has won an iAward in the previous three years is ineligible to enter the award, with or without product enhancement. Fine Print T’s & C’sHost Partners Major Partner
Judging Process Company/Group Categories • Judging begins at the state and territory level. • Judging at state and territory level will be based on your online submission form and your supporting material. • State winners are then identified in each category. State winners will be revealed at state presentation events in July. • All state winners then go on to compete at the national level. • Judging at the national level will require a presentation to be made to a judging panel in Melbourne on the 7 or 8 August. • The national awards presentation and gala dinner will be held in Melbourne on 9 August.Host Partners Major Partner iAwards Judging
Hints from past Judges • Written Entry. Be clear, concise and answer the questions. • Stick to word limit. Simple yet hard to do so edit wisely. • Criteria Ensure you demonstrate each of the specific criteria in your responses as this is what the judges have to score against. • Reference material. These can consist of anything from product brochures, referee statements, a video about your product or any other material that supports your nomination. • Photos. Include photos that illustrate your solution in action not just screen grabs or use case scenario diagrams. • Highlight your innovation as this is after all what the iAwards is looking to showcase so don’t bury it in a marketing spiel. Major PartnerHost Partners Submission Tips
Winner’s Story Tips from a past winner Maree Adshead, MobileIP • Focus on the outcomes not the technology itself • Respect word and time limits • Use your most passionate people to present to the judgesHost Partners Major Partner More Testimonials
What can you do with the win? What you do with the win is as crucial as the win itself • Share the experience with your customers • Profile raising using the media • Profile raising through politiciansHost Partners Major Partner
Has it had a positive impact on your business? • Absolutely, without a doubt • Third party endorsement = credibility and confidence • Confidence in MobileIP = award of contracts • Entering global market with multi-national partner Final tips for potential nominees • Don’t underestimate your business • Stick to outcomes, not the technology itself • Utilise your passionate people • Make the most of the win • Leverage the win to GROWHost Partners Major Partner
APICTA Awards • National winners from the iAwards company categories go onto to compete at the Asia-Pacific ICT Alliance (APICTA) Awards, to be held in Brunei in December 2012. • APICTA is an international award designed to increase ICT awareness by providing networking and product benchmarking opportunities to ICT innovators and entrepreneurs in the region. • NICTA, Transmax, CSIRO won and Swinburne University, Australian e-Health Research Centre and Transmax were awarded merits at APICTA awards in 2011.Host Partners Major Partner APICTA
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Thank you for your interest in the iAwards. Good luck with your nominations!Host Partners Major Partner iAwards Online