WAITTA INCITE AWARDS

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NOTICE: Entries for the 26th WAITTA INCITE Awards closed on 16 March 2017.  The INCITE Awards is the iAwards gateway for Western Australia.
iAwards entries for all other States and Territories close Thursday 6 April 2017 at 6PM AEST.  For more information, go to iawards.com.au

Categories

For the 26th awards, there are eleven (11) categories, as follows:
Our professional awards are:

Category Descriptions

Most Impactful Social Benefit

This award recognises an outstanding ICT solution created in WA that best increases the welfare of a society that is derived from a particular course of action.

Entry is open to any ICT solution that is demonstrated to deliver a total benefit to society from using the solution by:

• promoting the rights and needs of particular groups;

• providing sustainability of the planet; and/or

• improving the wellbeing, quality of life and standard of living of a community or particular groups.

Social benefit includes all the private benefits plus any external benefits of use of the solution.

The solution must be developed by an organisation (private, commercial or non-profit) other than a government body.

Entries may be in production or have completed a proof-of-concept or pilot stage.  While the application may not necessarily be in full-scale implementation it must already be in use by the organisation itself, or other customer.

Large Government implementations need to be entered in the “Most Effective Government Solution".

Most Innovative Collaborative Technology

This award recognises an outstanding ICT solution created in WA that improves the way people work together and engage more effectively and efficiently.

Entry is open to any solution that is demonstrated to:

• Support collaboration; or

• Enable more efficient, effective, transparent and low cost service delivery, decision making, training.

Entries may be in production or have completed a proof-of-concept or pilot stage.  While the application may not necessarily be in full-scale implementation it must already be in use by the organisation itself, or other customer.

Most Effective eBusiness Solution

This award recognises an outstanding ICT solution created in WA that is used to improve transactional processes.

Entry is open to any solution that uses ICT to manage internal processes (such as human resources, financial, data analytics/big data, and administration systems), or external processes (such as sales and marketing, supply of goods and services, and customer relationships).

Entries may be in production or have completed a proof-of-concept or pilot stage.  While the application may not necessarily be in full-scale implementation it must already be in use by either the organisation itself, or a customer.

Most Effective Government Solution

This award recognises outstanding ICT public sector innovation created in WA that is dedicated to delivering improved services to the community.

Entry is open to any solution that is demonstrated to:

• Enable more efficient, effective, transparent and low cost Government operations; or

• Provide the best and most valuable services to the public.

Entries must have been implemented for a government organisation(s) through Public Sector governance arrangements.

The solution may be in production or have completed a proof-of-concept or pilot stage.  While the application may not necessarily be in full-scale implementation it must already be in use by government.

Most Creative Media/Entertainment Technology

This award recognises outstanding media and entertainment products created in WA using ICT.  From gaming to development of social media platforms, innovative application of ICT is a game changer.  Underpinning this is communications technology that is broadly seen as the exchange of thoughts, messages, or information by means such as speech, signals, writing, or behaviour.

Entry is open to any solution that demonstrates:

• Outstanding creativity in design and application;

• That the developer is becoming a leader in their field;

• Significant contribution to the industry.

The solution may be in production or have completed a proof-of-concept or pilot stage.  While the application may not necessarily be in full-scale implementation it must already be in use.

Most Effective Platform

Note: Criteria for Most Effective Platform award have changed for this year's competition

This award recognises an ICT system, software / hardware / a combination thereof, that facilitates the effective and efficient development of ICT services and capacity.

For example it may be any product or tool:

• Supporting retrieval, organisation, management and manipulation of data and databases, including DBMS (database management systems);

• Support for emerging areas like cooperative processing, cloud, data analysis methods;

• Software as a service (SAAS), such as Robotics, AI engine, data analytics;

• Infrastructure as a service (IAAS), including improvements to data centres and other infrastructure.

• Note these examples are illustrative and NOT exclusive.

Furthermore the entry may be product/tool designed to develop another ICT product or to monitor operations, improve performance and increase reliability of systems.

The solution may be in production or have completed a proof-of-concept or pilot stage.  While the application may not necessarily be in full-scale implementation it must already be in use.

Most Disruptive Technology

This award recognises the most innovative and potentially superior ICT Product created in WA that:

• Discovers and invents new knowledge, products, processes, and services; or

• Creates new and improved products, processes, and services; or

• Is developed around an awesome idea;

to disrupt potentially, or actually, the current industry or community or service delivery paradigms.

The solution may be in production or have completed a proof-of-concept or pilot stage.  While the application may not necessarily be in full-scale implementation it must already be in use.

Best Tertiary Student Project of the Year

Note: Criteria for Best Tertiary Student Project of the Year award have changed for this year's competition

This award recognises the most outstanding ICT project undertaken by either a WA-based:

• Tertiary (undergraduate) student or group of students (registered as active undergraduate student in a higher-learning institution, such as college or university);

• Tertiary (postgraduate) student or group of students (undertaking either coursework or research Masters, Doctoral or Post-Doctoral programs).

Entry is open to any ICT project or research performed by a student or a group of students whilst enrolled in the year of the Award or the preceding year.

Students must own at least some of the IP of their Innovation, or be in the process of negotiating IP ownership with their educational institution.  If requested, details of the IP ownership of the Innovation must be able to be provided.

Involvement of the supervisor in stage 2 judging can only be as an observer.

Startup of the Year

This award is open to companies in the early stage of commercialisation that are high-growth, high-risk ventures that set out to find a scalable business model in a large market.  They have a strong technology component in order to facilitate the ambitions of rapid growth.

In order to be considered for the StartUp award, you must meet all the following criteria:

• The company must meet the eligibility criteria for WAITTA INCITE Awards;

• Company registration must not be more than 3 years on 1 January 2017;

• The founder of the company and/or the product developers must still be the significant shareholder(s) of the company; and

• The company must not be a subsidiary of a well-established parent company.

Achiever of the Year

The Achiever of the Year award is the Incite Awards peak award and recognises an individual’s outstanding contribution to the ICT industry in WA.  Nominees may include a Western Australian educator who has shown excellence in ICT education and demonstrated exceptional outcomes for both students and employers.  Past winners include IS managers, academics and persons who have built significant ICT organisations in WA.

Nominations for this award may be made with or without the knowledge of the person being nominated.  Only the winner of this category will be announced at the INCITE Awards.

Pearcey Western Australian Entrepreneur of the Year

Note: This is a new award introduced in 2016-17.

The Pearcey Western Australian Entrepreneur Award recognises an individual who has made an outstanding contribution to the Western Australian ICT Industry.

The Award is aimed at encouraging and rewarding fresh and innovative talent in the ICT and digital media professions.  It is awarded to an individual mid career who has demonstrated innovative and pioneering achievement and contribution in their chosen industry.  The winner will be drawn from contributors across all aspects of the ICT industry including (but not limited to) computing science, the internet, communications, social media and networking, interactive media, games and the like.  The idea is to embrace all those younger professionals in the ICT sector and not exclude anyone.  The individual should be one who will act as a role model for others to acknowledge and hopefully emulate.

 Nominations for this award may be made with or without the knowledge of the person being nominated.  Only the winner of this category will be announced at the INCITE Awards.

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2016-17 Important Dates

3-9 May 2017
Judging Presentations
16 June 2017
26th Annual WAITTA INCITE Awards Gala Presentation Dinner
30 August 2017
National iAwards Presentation,
Melbourne VIC

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