Elevating South Australia's Innovative Women

SA’s winning women revealed

The 7th Annual Winnovation Awards have recognised the South Australian women who are contributing to the state’s innovation economy by creating jobs, wealth and solutions to address some of the world’s biggest problems.
These winners – and all the finalists in this recording breaking year for the highly respected program – have overcome daunting hurdles to succeed in their chosen business or career, from personalised medicine for cancer patients, to protecting coastal ecosystems, to keeping indigenous culture and language relevant for new generations.
Like so many events this year, the flagship of Women In Innovation SA was presented virtually, with guest of honour the Hon David Pisoni MP, Minister for Innovation and Skills, Women In Innovation President Nicole Swaine and ABC presenter Ali Clarke addressing more than 200 online attendees.
Download the Winnovation Awards Press Release.

Congratulations to the 2020 Winnovation Awards Winners!


Kelly Keates

Kelly Keates

Liquid Integrity Systems, Zonge Engineering

Liquid Integrity Systems is a real-time leak detection system for industrial use such as wastewater storage.

Award Category 2020 Engineering
Kira Bain

Kira Bain

Kaurna Language in Schools, Tauondi Aboriginal College

A series of custodian-endorsed teacher resource packs to support Kaurna language in schools, addressing the current lack of a language curriculum.

Award Category 2020 Young Innovator



Who are these women?

Women who live, work and play in South Australia, but whose initiative could have impact anywhere. They are the unsung heroes, quiet achievers, the difference makers and the mavericks; each one dedicated to challenging the known or solving the unknown in their contribution to South Australian enterprise. Their fields of endeavour range from art to zoos; diving into the southern ocean; scanning the stars above; -or caring for the land in between. From studios to shop fronts; research facilities to workshop floors, laboratories to boardrooms.

What have they contributed?

Crossed the chasm with an innovation that seemed impossible

Searched for and found new ways to do old things

Leapt insurmountable hurdles

Created solutions to wicked problems

Challenged the known; the accepted; the norm

Championed social change

Imagined and played a bigger game

Disrupted the status, developing people, systems or processes