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Consensus Innovation Awards

2016 Awards Presentations

The 2016 Consensus Awards will be 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.

For further details and to book a ticket, go to tickets.

2015/2016 Timetable

Event Date
Nominations Open
February 2015
Nominations Close
End May 2016
Final judging
Venue: School of Computer Science & Engineering, University of NSW
3rd June 2016
Announcements and Presentations in Sydney
Venue: The Ballroom, Sheraton on the Park Hotel, Sydney
14th June 2016
Post Awards Media June 2016

Our thanks go to the Judges that particpated in the final evaluation in 2016:

- Janine Cahill(Chair)
- Richard Hayes
- Kim Lyle
- Robert Iacopetta
- Rahul Mohod
- Paul Steele
- Selena Griffith
- Christoper Payne
- Bert Franzen
- Edward Mandla
- Peter Oliver
- Paul Trunoff
- Nick Fondas
- Paul Cheever

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.