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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.

Meet our finalists

Arts - Sponsored by Zonte's Footstep

  • Jen Frith and Kylie Green, Pelican Productions, created Belonging, a 2-week long music theatre camp in the January school holidays for 8 - 19 year olds addressing the fundamental need of belonging.
  • Anika Johnstone, MOD.IFY, a new museum driven by desire to engage youth adults aged 15-25 in Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths.
  • Kari Seeley, No Strings Attached Theatre of Disability, building new performance and employment pathways in the Arts by securing local, national and international performance opportunities for South Australian actors who live with disability, through creative funding solutions.

Emerging Innovator - Sponsored by BAE Systems

  • Allison Nikula, Founder of the CareApp, a digital health app that removes silos of communication by giving care recipients, care teams, loved ones and care providers the power to create an amazing care community.
  • Priyanka Nigam, Augment Space, a virtual reality content creation platform.
  • Leia Graf, BAE Systems, using latest gaming technology to enhance training for the Australian Defence Force.

Engineering - Sponsored by UniSA

  • Associate Professor Nikki Stanford, Future Industries Institute, University of South Australia, green steel optimisation of direct strip casting for production of economically viable and environmentally friendly novel alloys with favourable physical properties.
  • Professor Yan Zhuge, University of South Australia, recycling tyres into high value building materials for structural engineering applications.

Innovation in Government - Sponsored by Department of Defence: Science and Technology

  • Dr Bernadette Eckermann, SA Water, catalyst and collaborator in exploring the possibilities of tomorrow, today.
  • Dr Tahnya Donaghy, pioneered nation leading data sharing legislation and established the Office for Data Analytics so information can be shared across government, within a safe and secure framework, to help vulnerable people.

Maths and Data - Sponsored by TechIn SA

  • Dr Tina Du, using data driven approaches to develop innovative guidelines for understanding and supporting collaborative information seeking behaviour in the context of international tourism.

Rural, Regional and Remote - Sponsored by Bendigo Bank

  • Dr Katherine Tuft, Arid Recovery, a living laboratory for testing ecosystem recovery techniques and innovative technologies that seeks to enable endangered species to thrive across the Australian outback.
  • Michele Lally, Australian Micro Abattoirs, delivering ecologically sound, financially viable turnkey solutions that redistribute social and economic value back through the meat supply chain to reduce the gap between producer and consumer.
  • Mary Retallack, Retallack Viticulture, the identification of native insectary plants which can be used to boost populations of predatory arthropods, and provide natural biological control of insect pests in production landscapes for free.

Science - Sponsored by Department for Environment and Water

  • Dr Chia-Chi Chien, University of South Australia, micro fluidic 3D tumour-on-a-chip: a platform for recapturing the complexity of tumour micro environments.
  • Dr Katherine Tuft, Arid Recovery, a living laboratory for testing ecosystem recovery techniques and innovative technologies that seeks to enable endangered species to thrive across the Australian outback.
  • Eimy De Barros, Sabrosito, healthy desserts that are the alternative for celiacs, diabetics and lactose intolerants in one bite.

Social Impact - Sponsored by SA Power Networks

  • Kerry Jones, TACSI, a systems change incubator redesigning the way we live as we age through collaborative initiatives that demonstrate new ways to live and provide care as we age.
  • Kiri Hagenus, Children's University Australasia, an innovative educational program that inspires children and young people and helps raise their aspirations for further and higher education while addressing disadvantage and encouraging and supporting parental engagement.
  • Professor Fiona Arney and Leah Bromfield, Australia Centre for Child Protection, University of South Australia, Target Group to Outcomes: an evidence based approach to ensuring and maximising the impact of programs and services aimed at preventing and responding to child abuse and neglect.

Technology - Sponsored by Madderns Patent Attorneys

  • Dr Marnie Winter, Future Industries Institute, University of South Australia, development of a novel non-invasive prenatal screening technology to enable the detection of complex fetal genetic abnormalities with a blood test during pregnancy.
  • Felicity Hamilton, OneVault, specialises in helping health care, aged care and NDIS providers streamline their clinical governance systems with online software to save money and get 24/7 accreditation ready.
  • Dr Mary-Louise Rogers, Flinders University, a novel urine test to determine if drugs are working in clinical trials of motor neurone disease treatment.

Open - Sponsored by Deloitte

  • Mandi Dimitriadis, Makers Empire, a complete solution for developing primary school aged students design thinking capabilities using 3D design and printing technologies.
  • Dr Renly Lim, University of South Australia - Quality Use of Medicine and Pharmacy Research Centre, Village Drama against Malaria, a unique science-art program to fight the world's deadliest animal.
  • Jennifer Stokes, University of South Australia, an innovative digital literacy course, delivered through university enabling programs designed to empower students from under-represented backgrounds with 21st century skill sets for success in a knowledge economy.
A big thank you to our sponsors, who we look forward to featuring again on our Awards night.


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