iAwards – your opportunity to join the likes of Google Maps, Atlassian and Wotif

The Australian Information Industry Association’s iAwards are Australia’s longest running and most broadly scoped innovation recognition program, promoting excellence in the Australian digital ecosystem from the likes of Google Maps, Atlassian, Wotif and WiseTech Global.


‘The iAwards unearth, recognise and reward excellence in Australian innovation that is making a difference and has the potential to create positive change for the community – whether this is at home, in the office or on a global scale,’ said Australian Information Industry Association CEO Simon Bush.

For 30 years, the iAwards have been driving an innovation nation. And this year, the Digital Transformation Agency (DTA) is proud to sponsor the iAwards Government and Public Sector Solutions category.

DTA CEO Chris Fechner said, ‘The DTA is very pleased to be partnering with the Australian Information Industry Association to deliver the iAwards Government and Public Sector Solutions category.

‘We have a strong tradition of collaborating across industry to assist in understanding our operating environment, and in identifying challenges and opportunities. In this context, we are excited to see this year’s public sector innovation submissions.’

5 reasons to enter this year’s iAwards

Entries for this year’s iAwards are open until Wednesday 10 May 2023. The iAwards program encourages entrant innovations from across all industries in Australia. Whether you are an IT firm, a family-owned farm, a local concreting company or a multinational, why not apply and reap the benefits associated with participating in the iAwards journey?

1. Gain recognition

The iAwards are the most recognised innovation awards program in Australia. The opportunities are endless once you’ve put your innovation out there. Just by submitting your application, your profile will be heightened. The iAwards could be a game changer for your innovation.

2. Showcase your innovation

Don’t miss the opportunity to showcase your digital solution and launch your innovation on a state, national or international level. Participate in the Innovation Showcase at the State iAwards and the National iAwards. The National iAwards PitchFest is your opportunity to pitch your innovation to the esteemed panel and live audience, and gain valuable feedback.

3. Engage with highly skilled judges

The iAwards engage the most experienced and respected judges in the industry, such as C-level executives, entrepreneurs and capital raisers, commercialisation and productisation experts, academics and technology subject matter experts. These judges provide entrants with valuable feedback during the robust judging process and ensure that the iAwards program identifies the best in Australian innovation.

4. Networking and partnership opportunities

The iAwards are an excellent opportunity to get in front of key digital decision-makers and players in the industry. Interactive briefing sessions will be made available online and in person for all entrants. In addition, the iAwards facilitate meetings with key individuals and potential investors. These events provide an excellent opportunity for entrants to meet and build relationships with active investors, peers and like-minded technological enthusiasts.

5. Increase publicity and media exposure

The iAwards have excellent media relationships, and journalists are always seeking the next digital innovation success story. Past iAwards entrants have benefited from increased media attention at a state and national level.

iAward levels and categories

The iAwards take place over two competition rounds or levels: state and national. Winners at the state level go on to represent their state or territory at the national level. This pinnacle event on the iAwards calendar consists of a series of collaborative events, which showcases the achievements of Australian innovators.

National iAwards winners can go on to the Asia Pacific ICT Awards.

This year’s iAwards categories are:

  • Student and Education
  • Startup
  • Business and Industry Solution
  • Technology Platform
  • Government and Public Sector Solutions
  • Not-for-profit and Community
  • Sustainability and Environmental Solution.

iAwards submissions are accepted from innovators across the whole Australian economy, whether you are an individual, group, government, private organisation or student.

The DTA strongly encourages you to enter your tech innovation project/s in this year’s iAwards. Entries close at 5pm (AEST) Wednesday 10 May 2023.

Find out more about the iAwards, including how to enter.