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All things innovation, S.T.E.A.M. and creativity in our vibrant innovative community.

2019 Winnovation Awards Finalists
Megan Short -Thursday, September 19, 2019

Thank you to all our amazing applicants for making the 2019 Winnovation Awards a record year for entries!  

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2018 Winnovation Award Finalists
Treasurer Wit SA -Wednesday, October 03, 2018

This year's Awards feature finalists across 10 categories encomassing innovation, invention, entrepreneurship and social impact.  We were delighted to see entries from women representing a wide variety of industry sectors and specialisations.  

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Bendigo Bank & Women in Innovation SA
Megan Short -Friday, June 23, 2017

Women in Innovation values the support and expertise of our partners and sponsors. The Board are always looking to develop mutual relationships with organisations that believe in our purpose and want to work with us to educate, elevate, inspire and connect innovative women in South Australia. Bendigo Bank joined us as a principle partner for two years earlier this year, so we had a chat with Traci Mathwin, Senior Manager, SA Community Branch Banking to hear what was behind Bendigo’s decision to partner with Women in Innovation. 

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Women In Innovation Interview – Professor Ina Bornkessel-Schlesewsky
Women in Innovation SA -Monday, March 27, 2017

Did you know that there are over 7000 different languages spoken around the world? And yet everyone’s brain is the same. How does our brain process language in such a way that it is usually a completely natural and ‘everyday’ task? And yet, if language is a natural task for our brain, why is it so difficult to learn a new language as an adult?

I had the pleasure of sitting down with Professor Ina Bornkessel-Schlesewsky, Director of the Cognitive Neuroscience Laboratory at the University of SA, who is answering those exact questions!


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Full S.T.E.A.M. ahead for WIN-win partnership
Women in Innovation SA -Friday, January 13, 2017

Only one in four IT graduates and fewer than one in 10 engineering graduates are women. Women also hold fewer than one in five senior researcher positions in Australian universities and research institutes, and account for just a quarter of the S.T.E.M. (Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths) workforce overall.

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2016 Winnovation Awards – what a night!
Women in Innovation SA -Tuesday, October 25, 2016

We received over 100 nominations again this year, and after very rigorous judging by our expert panel of judges, we were joined by over 120 guests to celebrate our winners. The calibre of applicants continues to instil us with inspiration and humbleness, and if we ever wondered why we do what we do (which is showcasing, elevating and connecting innovative women in SA), all we have to do is read some of the incredible achievements of these women.

Our 2016 Winnovation winners are:

  • Allison Cowan, University of South Australia - science category
  • Shelley Elder, Axeze - technology category
  • Karen Reynolds, Flinders University - engineering category
  • Chloe Gardner, Kids Camera Action - arts category
  • Bronwyn Gillanders, University of Adelaide - regional, rural and remote category
  • Gemma Munro, Inkling Women - innovative women's initiative in business
  • Bianca Peta, Women's Safety Service SA - open category
  • Gail Fairlamb, Department of Premier and Cabinet - innovation and intraprenuership in government category
  • Claudine Bonder, Centre for Cancer Biology - emerging category

Congratulations to all our nominees, finalists and winners! You can read more about our winners here.

And be sure to watch the fabulous video clip of the night by our talented sponsor John Dory Media here!


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Pitching Like The Pros
Women in Innovation SA -Monday, July 25, 2016

Are you considering how to pitch your Winnovation Awards application?
Women in Innovation SA recently ran our first live Pitch Coaching session with PR super-star and previous Winnovation Award winner Leila Hendersonand Shark Tank success story Scott Boocock aka ‘The Aussie Innovator’. 

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Smart City Studio
Women in Innovation SA -Tuesday, April 12, 2016

This month, the Women in Innovation Board has been working with the Adelaide Smart City Studio, located on the ground floor of the Colonel Light Centre at 25 Pirie St.  

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WINN Board Update
Women in Innovation SA -Wednesday, April 06, 2016

We are super-excited to welcome Nick Condon, Executive Director, Brand and Innovation at Business SA, to the Women in Innovation Board. As part of the Business SA Executive Leadership team Nick is responsible for setting the SA Chamber of Commerce and Industry’s strategic and operational vision, with specific responsibility for the innovation, enterprise technology, and brand and communications strategies.  

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Innovation and Creativity Course
Women in Innovation SA -Thursday, March 10, 2016

In February we got our creativity flowing and partnered with Sue Langley - global business consultant and leading advisor in the practical application of neuroscience, emotional intelligence and positive psychology - to bring a course on Innovation and Creativity to South Australia for the first time.  

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