Elevating South Australia's Innovative Women

About the Awards

The Winnovation Awards showcases and celebrates the successes of female innovators changing the game in South Australia.
Thank you again to everyone that applied and nominated this year, 2020 has certainly been challenging and we are so proud and excited to read about of ALL of the innovation happening in South Australia.
Watch the 2020 Winnovation Awards Ceremony recording to celebrate with us:


Congratulations to the 2020 Winnovation Awards Finalists


Dr Christina Bursill

Dr Christina Bursill

Heart disease prevention research, SAHMRI

Novel nano-sized particles for detecting and preventing heart disease.

Award Category 2020 Science
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
Dr Mary Retallack

Dr Mary Retallack

EcoGrowers, Retallack Viticulture

EcoGrowers is enhancing the biodiversity and resilience of EcoVineyards throughout South Australia.

Award Category 2020 Regional Rural and Remote
Tanya Weiler

Tanya Weiler

The Aboriginal Pathway Program, University of South Australia

The Aboriginal Pathway Program boosts university participation of regional and remote students through an innovative and tailored academic program which builds academic skills and confidence.

Award Category 2020 Regional Rural and Remote , Social Impact
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