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2019 Awards - Entries are open

Entires are open for the 2019 Consensus Innovation Awards to the end of February. They will be presented in Sydney in mid-March. If you would like further details, please send us an email.

2018 Awards Presentations

The 2018 Consensus Innovation Awards were presented by The Hon. Zed Seselja, Federal Assistant Minister for Science, Jobs & Innovation on the evening of Wednesday 25th July at PricewaterhouseCoopers (PwC) at their presitigious offices at Barangaroo in Sydney. Attended by an enhusiastic crowd, Award recipients and industry representatives, the evening was a huge success with two highly innovative solutions winning Consensus Innovation Awards, and a third Highly Commended.

Systema        Gravity Consulting

Winners of the 2018 Consensus Innovation Awards with Senator The Hon Zed Seselja, Assistant Minister Science, Jobs & Innovation and Julian Day CEO Consensus.    (Left) Solo Cover and (right) UNIFY Solutions

In addition to the above Awards, Ikabo was Highly Commended for their Ikabo Incubator.

Our thanks go to BSI (Business Strategies International) for hosting the judging, and to the Judges that particpated in the final evaluation:

Hugh Gyton (Chair)
James Cowie
John Dean
Parames Ghosh
John Katsiris Kim Lyle
Edward Mandla Joseph Najem
Peter Oliver Rainer Tietz
Paul Trunoff Paul Steele
Tony Veljancevski Rick Vosila
Greg White

Ed Husic

Judging of the 2018 Consensus Awards, hosted by BSI.

The Consensus Innovation Awards will be held next in March 2019 as we celebrate our 20th year of running the Consensus Awards. See timetable below. If you would like further details on these Awards, please send us an email.

2019 Timetable

Event Date
Nominations Open
November 2018
Nominations Close
End of February 2019
Final judging
Venue: TBC
Early March 2019
Announcements and Presentations in Sydney
Venue: TBC
Mid March 2019
Post Awards Media AMarch/April 2019

2017 Awards Presentations

Cortex    Cortex

Winners of the 2017 Consensus Innovation Awards with The Hon. Craig Laundy, Assistant Minister for Industry, Innovation & Scdience. (Left) Mark Hartmann CEO Cortex Pty Ltd and (right) Craig Watson CEO Recstra Pty Ltd.

The Awards were presented on Monday 18th December at the presigious offices of PricewaterhouseCoopers, International Towers, Barangaroo. Page down to see the Judges Citations.

Our thanks go to The Business School, University of NSW for hosting the judging, and to the Judges that particpated in the final evaluation:

- Ray David (Chair)
- Jed Fisher
- Richard Hayes
- Mark Hollands
- Paul Trunoff
- Chris van Brugge
- Paul Cheever

2017 Winners:

from Cortex Pty Ltd

CORTEX provides public access to a range of integrated services such as Wi-Fi, public telephony, interactive touchscreen information, way-finding guidance, charging stations, public access Automated External Defibrillators (AED), sparkling water, streaming news, emergency help points, and alarms. CORTEX also relays vital environmental and security information such as safety CCTV, air monitoring data, and audio monitoring to public and other organisations. Its aim is to go even further to being a community hub, a place/device which the locals use regularly for the useful services and updates it can provide.

Features can be selected depending on the application and are built into a sleek stainless steel and glass structure. Additional features can be added according to the requirements of the application, for example, asthma pumps, or even sun cream dispensing.

The product is considered by the Consensus judges to be innovative because of the extensive range of features it offers from a single device that has the ability to enhance indoor and outdoor public spaces with increased information, communication, safety, security and other services.

Cortex is seeking to take advantage of the need for Councils and other organisations (e.g. retail businesses) to offer improved and more modern public area services via the use of smart-city appliances - for tourists and locals alike. The costs of providing this public benefit using CORTEX can be offset by revenue from paid advertising that can be displayed on CORTEX's colour screens.

With a number of trials currently in the planning, the potential for the adoption of this product could be considerable, not only in Australia but in a number of overseas markets.

from Recstra Pty Ltd

The Judges agreed that the business model of Recstra was innovative and disruptive to the recruitment sector. Its low-cost, high-touch model was a highly differentiated alternative to traditional hiring engagements.

The model was timed to capitalise on the popularity for contracting - the so-called Gig Economy. This enabled pricing models that could shake up the existing market.

Recstra is underpinned by a technology interface that connects individual agents with companies seeking to fill positions. The quality of management, depth of detail revealed in its business model and strategic growth plans - both domestic and international - were realistic and impressive.

Future ambition to certify agents to ensure quality outcomes for clients were welcomed as a commitment to the future of Recstra and the sector as a whole.

2016 Awards Presentations

Ed Husic

Winners & Finalists of the 2016 Consensus Innovation Awards with The Hon. Ed Husic MP (left) and Founder & CEO Consensus Julian Day (right).

The 2016 Consensus Awards were presented by The Hon. Ed Husic MP, Member for Chifley, Shadow Spokesperson for Digital Innovation and Startups on the evening of Tuesday 14th June at the Sheraton on the Park Hotel in Sydney.

2016 Winner:

How Far is Up?
from Betty Sargeant

How Far is Up? is an iPad storybook app for children aged four and above. It combines fact and fiction, teaching children about distance and space. How Far is Up? entertains and educates.  

The How Far is Up? app has been internationally acclaimed as being aesthetically alluring, functionally reliable and easy to use. The design has also been internationally recognised for the ways in which it encourages adults and children to read together over a shared mobile device.

Betty Sargeant is currently an independent developer and researcher. How Far is Up? was created with funding from RMIT University and was supported by a Varuna Writers’ House fellowship.

Judges' Citation: "It is not often the Consensus judges have such an animated, passionate and positive discussion about a submission to the awards process. The Betty Sargeant 'How Far Is Up' digital children's reading app elicited such a response. This app, based on rigorous research and observations of early childhood learning, qualified easily in the three Consensus criteria of innovation, performance and potential and therefore deserves a Consensus Innovation award.

The judges debated the premise that the methodology of the app construction may be the strength of the initial publication, rather than the publication itself and recommend that Betty Sargeant consider this as more publications are produced. The judges also discussed a potential broader market for this product other than early childhood; it may well be that illiterate adults would also benefit from the tools and techniques used in this initial product release.

A better defined marketing strategy is needed for the app and its future releases. The judges recommend Betty seek commercial assistance in this area. We expect to see the product released on the android and windows platforms soon too.

The judges look forward to observing the growth of this product idea in such a significant area of our society and congratulate Betty on this initiative."

2014 Winners Announced

CSA Finalists

Sen. Sinodinos celebrates with Winners and Highly Commended recipients of the Awards.

The latest Consensus Innovation Awards were presented by Senator The Hon. Arthur Sinodinos, Senator for NSW on Wednesday 17th December 2014. The Awards were hosted by The University of Sydney in the new Charles Perkins Centre, itself a Winner in the Consensus Innovation Awards.

The Awards identify the most innovative technology in Australia and New Zealand. They are endorsed and supported by Australian Consensus Technology Association, Northern Sydney Institute part of TAFE, New Zealand Trade & Enterprise, Wholesale Investor and TiE.

Please page down to see the winners of the 2014 Consensus Innovation Awards.

Click here for the results of the 2013 Consensus Innovation Awards

If you would like to receive an Entry Form for 2015, get involved as a supporter or be a judge of these prestigious awards please send us an email.

Our thanks go to the Judges that particpated this year in the final judging panels. They are (Front left to right) Janine Cahill, Kim Klye, Robin Wall, Will Horton, Ray David, Rainer Tietz, (Back left to right) Brian Dorricott, Julian Dimbleby, Paul Cheever, Gerard McMullan, Chris Payne, Bert Franzen.

CSA Finalists

The 2014 Winners are:

IP Hybrid HVAC
from Green HVAC Solution

The IP Hybrid product relates to cooling, heating, and in particular to an air-conditioning system. This system has been patented and developed and currently installed in many buildings with very successful performance. This novel product could save about 40% electricity and reduce around 30% of the greenhouse gas emissions.

The air conditioning system is adapted for augmented heat exchange using an augmenting heat exchange fluid. This advantageously reduces the electricity consumption and greenhouse emissions while maintaining low airflow temperature and human comfort levels under any climatic conditions.

The system is further adapted to evaporate the refrigerant by an evaporator that receives the refrigerant from the condenser via an expansion valve.

Judges' Citation: "The IP Hybrid HVAC product uses affordable gas to fluid heat-exchange technology suitable for both new stand-alone installations and retrofitting existing ones. Outstanding features include the reclamation of otherwise wasted chilled condensate for utilisation in the cooling process.

An advanced, low-cost design that is viable for a wide range of installation situations (domestic and commercial) globally. It is suitable for all climate applications. The key benefits are significant energy savings (25%-40%) over conventional air-conditioning systems. It provides relatively short payback when retrofitted to conventional systems.

Elegant in its simplicity, the advanced, low cost heat exchanger is innovative. It delivers substantial performance improvements over conventional fluid to air heat exchange systems that results in energy savings. It is also lower in cost than alternative fluid to fluid heat exchange systems. The reduced running time of the system's compressor is a source of the realised power savings as well as extending the life of this key component.

The market potential is very significant given the growing global demand for energy efficient HVAC installations. The product is currently in production, with distributors appointed in a number of key international markets, with strong early sales.

The judges felt that the IP Hybrid HVAC is innovative and a worthy Award Winner."

X-Lab    Charles Perkins Centre
from The University of Sydney

The X-Lab is an iconic component within the University of Sydney Charles Perkins Centre (CPC) Research and Learning Hub. It is a 264 seat wet teaching laboratory: 'wet' meaning for hands-on experimental work involving chemicals, reagents, fluids and/or biological material; 'X' represents the new cross-faculty teaching paradigm within the space.

One of the design goals was to have a teaching laboratory that maximised utilisation. To satisfy this goal the innovative use of technology was required to enable multiple classes to operate in the same large space without impinging on each other and without disrupting the individual teaching and learning experience.

The X-Lab drew its inspiration from the original London University wet teaching lab, but the Charles Perkins Centre X-Lab and the University of Sydney has implemented a new generation of technology to achieve its goals.

Judges' Citation: "X-Lab from the University of Sydney was unanimously recognised by the judging panel for capacity to revolutionise science education and create highly engaging learning experiences for students.

At the heart of X-Lab is the imagination of how technology can be bought to bear in the teaching process especially in Lab related environments.

The judges were impressed with the collaborative process that enabled an inclusive cross faculty engagement. This facilitated the realisation of the design whilst at the same time motivating staff and students to move into the new teaching processes.

The panel noted that X-Lab has already achieved impact with positive student and staff responses and assisted the recruitment of new researchers. X-Labs has achieved a new dynamic of facilities efficiency that has allowed the University to expand its reach into potentially new markets and opportunities."

The Aims of the Awards

The Awards exist to reward Innovation in Australian and New Zealand industry including manufacturing, engineering, electronics and other sectors and to grow and strengthen Australia's and New Zealand's contribution to innovation worldwide. Award recognition can be vital in building the credibility and exposure necessary for locally developed technology to break into new markets. The Consensus Innovation Awards have been developed to provide this credibility by using an open and transparent judging process based on the Consensus Model.

Judging Criteria

To achieve a Consensus Innovation Award, the technology must be Australian or New Zealand designed and developed and be judged by the invited panel of judges to be Innovative, deliver performance benefits to the user, and have further potential for product or market development. Entrants are invited to present the evidence to the judging panel first through a written and then by direct presentation. Since each product is assessed directly against the judging criteria there are no categories and the judges may recommend as many or few Awards as they deem to be worthy each year.