Eight innovative and groundbreaking South Australian women have been named winners in the second annual Women in Innovation (WINN) Winnovation Awards.
The awards recognise women ‘changing the game’ in science, technology, business, the arts and more, with inspiring and innovative approaches to problems, some with the potential to make a global impact.
WINN President Lisa Kennewell said the winners were to be congratulated for identifying solutions to problems and overcoming hurdles and challenges, to finally achieve their innovative moment.
“These awards are all about supporting and elevating South Australia's innovative women,” Ms Kennewell said. “We were incredibly inspired by the range of stories the entrants and finalists shared.
“These women have turned businesses around, developed new computer vision technologies, devised new approaches to indigenous women’s health, engaged maths students and more. They are changing lives and giving back to the community in incredible ways.”
The winners and their categories were:
Science: Nicole Pratt
Nicole helped develop a detection tool for the field of medicine testing. The rapid signal detection tool can be used across multiple data sets in multiple countries, potentially helping millions of people avoid serious side effects of some medicines.
Technology: Emily Rich
Emily developed computer vision technologies that allow anybody to train cameras to recognise, detect and identify objects; with one current application being work in the conservation of the orangutan in Borneo.
Engineering: Karen Nelson-Field
Via sophisticated data engineering, Karen’s innovation helps advertisers around the world to better navigate the social web and understand the power of creating emotionally engaging content built for sharing.
Arts: Simone Kain
Simone’s innovation – the educational character ‘George the Farmer’ – aims to teach children about farming practices along with food and fibre production.
Math: Sam Moyle
Sam is the creator of Project Igloo, a STEAM, challenge-based learning task for secondary students. It yields a 4 metre diameter igloo and enables students to use maths to conceptualise the igloo with apps to meet an engineering design brief.
Open: Amber Cordeaux
An ambitious intrapreneur, Amber has transformed community TV station Channel 44, restructuring its business model, introducing a livestreaming model, implementing new branding and content and increasing viewership.
Regional Rural Remote: Nayana Parange
Nayana devised an education and training model to help upskill midwives and GPs caring for Aboriginal women in remote locations. This enables them to provide life-saving ultrasound services to patients who would otherwise not have access to, or would have had to travel long distances to obtain.
Innovative Women's Initiative in Business:
PIRSA's Women Influencing Agribusiness and Regions (WIAR) Strategy
Karen Brown was instrumental in developing the successful Women Influencing Agribusiness and Regions (WIAR) Strategy. A first in Australia, it aims to raise the profile of agribusiness and the important contributions being made by women.
The Winnovation Awards themselves are an innovation – initiated by President Lisa Kennewell and now delivered by the WINN Board, a group of volunteer professionals passionate about innovation and technology. The awards are judged by a panel of specialist professionals relevant to each of the categories, along with WINN Board members.
Ms Kennewell thanked Principal Partner News Limited, Gold Sponsor PwC, Silver Sponsor the Department of Water Environment and Natural Resources, and supporting sponsors.
The WINN Board continues its work after the awards, bringing a Creativity and Innovation workshop to Adelaide in February. It provides direct access to world expert consultant Sue Langley, recently featured on the ABC TV Series “Redesign My Brain” with Todd Samson. To find out more, register your interest at www.winnovation.com.au/innovationcourse
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