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Frequently Asked Questions

Either approach is possible. You are welcome to nominate your company and use your client as a referee, or you can submit a joint nomination. The INCITE Awards celebrate great partnerships and innovative applications of technology, so we actively encourage the end user to nominate for an award.

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All judging will be based on the written submission provided. Judges will not conduct independent investigations beyond publicly accessible material such as your website, news or other online references. They will also use the referees as a verification of the information you provide in your submission.

It is important to note that the judges may have a significant number of entries and therefore it is important to provide as much relevant detail as possible in your online submission and/or face-to-face presentation.

Any Innovation that has won an INCITE/National iAward or INCITE/National merit in the INCITE awards / iAwards competition in the previous three years is ineligible to enter the  INCITE/iAwards for that year with or without product enhancement. The sole exception to this is if an organisation has won an INCITE Award and/or National iAward and/or INCITE/National merit in the previous three years in the R&D category, the innovation is now commercialised and fits the criteria of another category.

It is important to note that the judges may have a significant number of entries and therefore it is important to provide as much relevant detail as possible in your online submission and/or face-to-face presentation.

Judges are expressly forbidden to provide any comment or feedback to the nominator concerning the strength or shortcomings of their submission during the entire judging process, including the period before judging, during judging, and even after judging has been completed.

Entrants can request a short debrief of their submission against the specific category criteria. The debrief will be done by the WAITTA INCITE Chief Judge. Please note that the debrief will not disclose details of other submissions or confidential information. A request for a debrief must be sent to [email protected] and a record kept of the feedback provided. Debriefs will only be completed once the winners have been announced at the Gala Dinner.

Please refer to the “Important Dates” page for all the timeline information for this year’s Awards. 

Please note finalists are not announced in the Achiever, Pearcey Entrepreneur and Dr Mal Bryce WA Tech Company awards. 

You will be required to make a presentation to the panel of judges. This takes place either face to face or online, depending on State Government COVID019 regulations. 

Please note that there is considerable logistics involved in organising the entrants, lead judges, judges and other volunteers for the face-to-face presentations and finalists are recommended to pencil the date for the finalist presentations in their calendars to ensure availability.

The presentation format is as follows:

  • Set-up – 5 minutes
  • Presentation – 20 minutes
  • Questions from the Judges – 10 minutes
  • Pack-up – 5 minutes

This does not apply to all categories – please check the relevant category page.

In the case of the Student categories, teachers and professors are NOT permitted to present on their behalf. The presenter must be the nominee, or part of the submission team if there was more than one student involved.

Your entire team is not required – you may have a single presenter, but there is no limit on the number of presenters. You should consider the complimentary strengths of your team when developing your presentation strategy.

A judging panel of industry peers appointed by the Chief Judge and the INCITE Judging Subcommittee will review each valid entry and will judge the entries in accordance with the criteria specified and the INCITE awards judging manual. The INCITE awards have a detailed conflict of interest policy and all judges are required to declare any potential, perceived and/or actual conflicts of interest. Where a potential, perceived and/or actual conflict of interest exist, the particular judge will not be included in the specific judging panel. Chance, luck, favouritism or sponsoring play no part in how the finalists or winners will be selected.

All Western Australian based organisations and entities, students and universities must be via the INCITE Awards.

If an entrant wishes to withdraw an entry, they must do so in writing to the INCITE Awards Committee by email at [email protected] . As there is significant work completed behind the scenes and we are an organisation run by volunteers, no refund of entry fees already paid will be made.

You do not have to travel to Melbourne for the judging. Due to COVID-19, AIIA changed their judging process in 2019. We recommend you stay up to date with their communications for judging process for this year. 

The presenter at National judging must be part of the original submission team. They do not have to be the same presenter, the ‘lead person’ or the main contact name on the submission form.

Your entire team is not required – you may have a single presenter, or up to 4 people from your team. You should consider the complementary strengths of your team when developing your presentation strategy.

The presentation format is as follows:

  • Set-up – 5 minutes
  • Presentation – 10 minutes
  • Questions from the Judges – 10 minutes
  • Pack-up – 5 minutes

Judging for the AIIA will be conducted separately. For more information, please visit: AIIA.

The following FAQs are specifically for the Pearcey Western Australian Entrepreneur of the Year Award.

Anyone who has “taken a risk” and “made a difference” and “is an inspiration” in the Australian ICT and Digital Media industries.

It is important to note that the judges may have a significant number of entries and therefore it is important to provide as much relevant detail as possible in your online submission and/or face-to-face presentation.

The aim is to give recognition during a career, rather than at the beginning of one. This means that you need to have spent enough time in your chosen career to make a significant contribution, but are not yet at the ‘top of the tree’.

The intention is to recognize and promote an individual others can admire for the quality of the contribution itself, for the way it was achieved and for the positive impact it has had. Such individuals will hopefully act as models for others to emulate.

The Pearcey State Award is a personal award by your peers who recognise your outstanding contributions to the ICT Industry. These contributes may be new innovation, new knowledge, the clever application of ICT or ways to improve professional practice. Importantly, the contributions should be above and beyond what is expected of a person in their normal role.

The achievement should be both innovative and practical. If the achievement is research oriented, then it needs to have valuable commercial potential. If the achievement is in the novel application of IT using existing technologies, then there must be significant market opportunity.

Your achievement should make a unique contribution to new knowledge and/or professional practice. It should involve an outstanding application of ICT and have valuable commercial opportunities, either already demonstrated or with clear potential. Your achievement should be recognised as highly significant by your peers and be above and beyond what is expected as a person in your role.

Not necessarily – this is a personal award for the extent of your contribution and, in the pioneering spirit, the risks you have taken along the way.

Your work should have some significant links to WA; however, you do not have to be from WA or living in WA.

Previous winners in other states are listed under each state in the Pearcey State Entrepreneur Awards[pearcey.org.au]. The inaugural Pearcey Western Australian Entrepreneur Award was made in 2017 at the 26th INCITE Awards. The 28th Pearcey Western Australian Entrepreneur Award recognized Robert Nathan from Australian Tenders for his contribution as entrepreneur, mentor and always giving back to the community.

All judging will be based on the written submission provided. Judges will not conduct independent investigations beyond publicly accessible material such as your website, news or other online references. They will also use the referees as a verification of the information you provide in your submission.

It is important to note that the judges may have a significant number of entries and therefore it is important to provide as much relevant detail as possible in your online submission and/or face-to-face presentation.

The application fees help offset the cost of running the INCITE Awards program. The fees are as follows:

  • Start-up category – $160 (plus GST)
  • Other categories – $375 (plus GST) per entry 
  • Student, WA Tech Company, Pearcey Entrepreneur and Achiever categories – no fee

You must complete the payment before the deadline for your entry to be included in the judging process. You may continue to edit your entry after the payment is made, up to the closing time. Fees are payable online by credit card through the INCITE Awards system.

The online nomination form provides specific fields for each of the relevant selection criteria. In addition, there are some ‘open’ fields where you are encouraged to highlight the inspirational and innovative aspects of your nomination.

The content which will be part of your submission is as follows:

  • SUMMARY (50 words)
    This is a very brief overview of your ompany/group and your solution/project/product. It should briefly identify who you are, what the product/solution/project does and why it’s innovative/unique. If you are successful, this text will be used in the program at the INCITE Awards Gala Presentation Dinner so it should be a concise overview that let’s readers know who you are and what the product/solution/project is.
  • NOMINEE OVERVIEW (250 words)
    This section you need to provide an overview of the nominee – yourself, your company or your team. If this is a joint submission, include information about all parties involved in the joint submission.
  • PRODUCT OVERVIEW (250 words)
    This section should focus solely on the specifics of the product/solution/project being entered. Summarising its innovation, features, marketability, value and/or other key attributes.
  • ONE PAGE INFORMATION MEMORANDUM
    The Information Memorandum should emphasise how your entry meets criteria for the category entered but also why your entry deserves to win. There is a template to download, complete and upload as a pdf.

You are requested to attach a high and low resolution of your logo and we encourage you to supply supporting material – online demonstrations, brochures, user interviews, etc. Material may be supplied as files, upload JPEGS or PDF files. A maximum of five pieces can be uploaded with your entry (in addition to the logos). Also links, video attachments and website URLs.

Word limits are specified, it is important that you keep to these word limits.

The ‘quality’ selection criteria measures whether the product:

  • shows a good deployment of the latest technology
  • satisfies the ISO / CMM standards
  • has a degree of compliance with any requirements of its target usage
  • has won awards locally, regionally or internationally; and/or
  • has consistently proven to be a stable and reliable product by users.

This does not apply to all categories – please check the relevant category page.

We appreciate the sensitivity around IP and recommend you use your discretion as to commercial risk in revealing your innovation. If you’re selected as a finalist you will present to the judging panel and they may ask specific questions if they require further information.

You will need to provide details of two independent referees (clients or end-users) who may be contacted in relation to your nomination. It is essential that the two referees nominated are end-users of your product or service and from another organisation if relevant (i.e. not from the submitter’s development or marketing team). You are advised to ensure that both your referees are available and ready to provide a reference for you.

Lead judges will contact referees during the shortlisting phase of judging.

We recommend you send a copy of your submission to your referees so they are aware of your claims in your nomination and they can support this in their reference.

Submissions for the 31st INCITE Awards close on 14 April 2022. This date is final and there will be no extensions provided. You may edit your entry after submitting and paying the fee, up until the entry deadline. Note: in some circumstances the Chief Judge might extend this deadline. Should this occur, applicants and stakeholders will be informed by the INCITE Awards Committee.

Please refer to the Important Dates page on the website for a timeline of the awards for this year.

INCITE Awards Winners will receive:

  • INCITE Award trophy and certificate
  • INCITE Award winner logo, for use in your publicity materials and website
  • Entry into the National iAwards or ACS Digital Disruptor Awards

If you are successful and are called up to accept your award, you’re welcome to make a short speech. Photographs will also be taken.

Bookings are not currently open. Information will be provided to all finalists and will be available on the WAITTA INCITE Awards website www.inciteawards.org.au

Formal / Black Tie optional. Please note that the Gala Dinner is tentative year on year from 2019 due to COVID-19 health regulations set by the WA Government. 

Please note that in 2019 the iAwards Gala Dinner was an online event due to Covid19 regulations. Please stay up to date with the iAwards communications for this year’s proceedings.

The following FAQs are specifically for the Dr Mal Bryce Tech Company Award.

Mature tech companies that make a significant contribute to Western Australia in terms of income, jobs and growth. The category celebrates the diverse economy in Western Australia and recognises tech businesses standing in their own right.

It is important to note that the judges may have a significant number of entries and therefore it is important to provide as much relevant detail as possible in your online submission and/or face-to-face presentation.

The criteria have been set to recognise WA based tech companies standing in their own right. The eligibility criteria are mandatory and if your nomination does not meet all of the eligibility criteria, your submission will not be accepted.

The Dr Mal Bryce WA Tech Company Award is a company award that recognises the company’s outstanding contributions to the ICT Industry. The Dr Mal Bryce WA Tech Company of the Year is a leader in the industry, making an outstanding contribution to the diverse economy of Western Australia, standing in its own right while changing and transforming industry. The business contributes to Western Australia in terms of income, jobs and growth and is doing something novel (“new to the world”).

The winning company uses an innovative technology solution as a key point of differentiation for its main business. It uses its own technology for which it owns the intellectual property.

The award excludes businesses deriving its main revenue from delivering personal/professional services such as technology development consulting.

The company may operate in other states but a significant portion of its operation must be based and operating from Western Australia.

At the 27th INCITE Awards, the inaugural winner of the award was HealthEngine. The first inductees into the Hall of Fame were:

  • Agworld
  • ClickSend
  • HealthEngine
  • SEQTA

At the 28th INCITE Awards, the winner of the award was Royal Flying Doctor Service WA and the inductees into the Hall of Fame were:

  • Royal Flying Doctor Service WA
  • Schrole Group