The Winnovation Awards

Congratulations to our  2021 finalists!

The Winnovation Awards showcases and celebrates the successes of female innovators changing the game in South Australia. The judges had their work cut out for them this year with such an extraordinary calibre of entries. 

We commend all of the entrants who have contributed to making South Australia a more innovative state, as they continue to create a ripple effect through job opportunities, research capabilities and even improving our quality of life – and we are thrilled to anounce the 2021 Winnovation Award finalists. 

Celebrating our change makers

Annual Winnovation Awards recognise the South Australian women who are contributing to the state’s innovation economy by creating jobs, wealth and solutions to address some of the world’s biggest problems and creating positive change.

Innovation is everywhere

These Awards aim to showcase South Australia’s best female innovators, whether you are working within organisations as intrapreneurs or running your own show as entrepreneurs. Celebrating the achievements of women across all industries!

THE COUNTDOWN IS ON!.

The 8th Annual Winnovation Awards 04 November 2021

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Join us to celebrate!

Book now to secure your free ticket to the 2021 Winnovation Awards, held virtually from 6pm, Thursday 4 November 2021

The Winnovation Awards Sponsors

University of South Australia
Bendigo Bank
Accenture
SA Power Networks
Zonte's Footsteps
FIXE
Department for the Environment and Water
Stone & Chalk
madderns
Department for Education

Meet our Alumnae

Congratulations to all Winnovation Awards Winners & Finalists!

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.

Michele Lally

Michele Lally

As a part of a paddock-to-plate farming family, Michele recognised they were not the only farmers that were experiencing difficulty in getting stock slaughtered viably. Australian Micro Abattoirs was the innovation – a solution that encompasses all requirements needed to deliver a fully licensed, small-scale abattoir on farm, reducing the gap between producer and consumer.
Dr Renly Lim

Dr Renly Lim

A research fellow at the Quality Use of Medicines and Pharmacy Research Centre, Renly created Village Drama Against Malaria – a unique science-art program to fight the world's deadliest animal. Since 2013, Renly has been part of a research team studying villages in western Cambodia. They learned villagers did not entirely trust their work, so developed a captivating travelling program of workshops and performances with a theme of malaria control and elimination.
Dr Tina Du

Dr Tina Du

Tina is leading a 3-year interdisciplinary project “Collaborative Information Seeking and its Application in Tourism”. This uses data-driven approaches to develop innovative guidelines for understanding and supporting information-seeking behaviour in international tourism, particularly China.
Dr Mary-Louise Rogers

Dr Mary-Louise Rogers

Leading the only dedicated MND Research Laboratory in SA, Mary-Louise has developed a novel urine test to determine if drugs are working in clinical trials of motor neurone disease treatments.
Dr Chia-Chi Chien

Dr Chia-Chi Chien

A Research Fellow at UniSA’s Future Industries Institute, Chia-Chi’s innovation is a microfluidic 3D tumour-on-a-chip: a platform for recapturing the complexity of tumour microenvironments.
Dr Bernadette Eckermann

Dr Bernadette Eckermann

As Innovation Specialist with SA Water, Bernadette provokes and supports thinking and doing differently across the organisation, to enable it to solve problems that matter to customers and community. This includes setting a framework for 1500 plus employees, and elements such as an 'innovation series' bringing in thought leaders to challenge the organisation’s thinking.
Anika Johnstone

Anika Johnstone

Anika helped design the experience for MOD, a STEM-focused museum aimed at young adults aged 15 – 25, who are notoriously difficult to engage in traditional museums. She delivered its inaugural exhibition, MOD.IFY, using a consultation model dubbed MOD CoLab which worked with young people rather than designing something for them.
Allison Nikula

Allison Nikula

Allison is founder of CareApp, a digital health App that removes silos of communication by giving care recipients, care teams, loved ones and care providers the power to create an amazing community. CareApp brings families and care networks together, sharing information including images, from different locations, and in real-time.