Australian innovation challenge seeking your best ideas

Published: 
10 September 2015

Want to be recognised for your business’s innovative breakthroughs? Entries for The AustralianInnovation Challenge awards are now open!

The hunt is on for ideas that make a difference as part of The Australian Innovation Challenge awards. The awards open for entries from professionals, young people and backyard inventors.

Behind every innovation is an innovator.

Minister for Industry and Science Ian Macfarlane is encouraging individuals and teams of scientists, entrepreneurs, engineers, technologists and educators, as well as students and hobbyists to enter.

The awards are an important platform to support, celebrate and promote Australian innovation and help us build our competitive strength to keep pace with the evolving global economy.

The Australian Government has supported the challenge each year since its launch in 2011, complementing other programs designed to foster innovation and entrepreneurship.

Last year the team at CSIRO won the Manufacturing, Constructing and Infrastructure prize and the coverall prize in the professional categories for the world’s most powerful radio telescope, the AustralianSquare Kilometre Array (SKA) Pathfinder. Our Director General, Patricia Kelly, represented Australia on the Board of the International SKA Organisation.

The awards have eight cash prizes up for grabs:

  • five professional categories each carries a prize of $5000. The overall winner will receive a further $25 000
  • the Backyard Innovation category is open to the public, and the winner will take out $10 000 in prize money
  • the Young Innovators category, carrying a $5000 prize, is open to students aged 21 years and under.

Entries close on Monday 14 September. Apply now for your chance to win a share of $65 000 in prize money.

Award winners will be announced on Wednesday 25 November where each category winner will receive a cash prize to progress their innovation, and an additional cash prize will go to an overall winner across the professional categories.

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