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Women in Innovation SA - Sunday, August 16, 2015

The search is on for South Australia’s most innovative women. The 2015 Winnovation Awards are now open for nominations. Now in their second year, the awards were launched by South Australian Minister for Manufacturing and Innovation, Kyam Maher.

WINN President Lisa Kennewell said the awards showcased innovation in South Australia and recognised that the local knowledge economy was vital to the state’s future.

“South Australia needs to explore the industries of the future. There’s no doubt that innovation is one of our paths to being more competitive and the Winnovation Awards encourage this,” Ms Kennewell said.

“We want anyone who knows an inspiring, innovative woman to nominate her.

“It may be someone you work alongside, it may be someone you employ, or someone in your community who’s making things happen with a novel approach.

“Nominees may come from a range of fields and locations such as shop fronts, workshop floors, research facilities, boardrooms, community groups and regional SA.

“South Australia is keen to see STEAM industries thrive here and by running the awards we help to elevate innovative women working in this area to the global stage. Conversely, we’re also positioning this great South Australian talent as a core investment attraction proposition to help build our local economy. We want the world to know SA has a unique dynamic that inspires innovation.”

Manufacturing and Innovation Minister Kyam Maher said the State Government’s economic priority of ‘Growth through innovation’ is about adopting new ways of doing things, within an ecosystem that connects people with infrastructure, finance, information, skills, and mentors.

“These award categories are areas pivotal to the success of our economy,” he said.

“I hope the awards will inspire more women and girls to explore and pursue careers and leadership roles in those areas.”

Award categories are:

  • Science
  • Technology
  • Engineering
  • Arts/Design
  • Mathematics, Manufacturing
  • Open – Education and Community
  • Rural, Regional or Remote
  • Innovative Women’s Programs in Business


Nominations are open now and close midnight, Friday 4 September.

This leads onto an application phase, where women who have been nominated can formally apply and share their innovative story. Applications close midnight Monday 7 September.

Ms Kennewell said judging commenced on 5 October and winners would be announced at a ceremony on 10 November. Step-by-step details can be found on http://www.winnovation.com.au/awards

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