The Winnovation Awards

Congratulations to our  2021 winners and 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 announce 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!

Help us find her!

Do you know an inspiring, innovative, SA woman worth recognising?
Nominations open Wednesday, June 22 for the 2022 Winnovation Awards.

 

There is no need to nominate yourself simply Join as a Member and Submit your Application via the Awards Application link within the Members Only area.

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

Frequently Asked Questions

Are only South Australian's able to nominate?
No, nominations are global, but the nominee must be a South Australian resident.
How do I write a successful nomination?
By providing engaging information about yourself and your innovation journey! Keep your writing clear and simple, and as non-technical as possible. Some of the judging panel may not understand the specialist terminology in your field of endeavour.

Check out the recording of our recent online webinar about ‘Winning Awards with Leila Henderson’ here for some extra tips and tricks.

If I am successful am I able to advertise my status as a finalist or winner?
Yes! Winners and finalists are encouraged to describe themselves as “Winner/Finalist 2021 Women in Innovation Awards” in their selected category in print and electronic publications.
Who are Women In Innovation?
Women in Innovation SA are a dynamic, professional community of women and male champions of change working in all areas of innovation and technology to create a sustainable network of members focused on the advancement of women in non-traditional industries and roles.

The volunteer board have continuously developed a range of initiatives that help to encourage women to enter innovation and STEAM related industries (Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts/Design and Mathematics), retain women in these industries and achieve their full potential throughout their career.

Can an individual nominate themselves?
Yes. Self-nomination is highly encouraged! Make sure your application is endorsed by your university, school or employer if relevant.
What is the entry fee?
This year the application fee for each category has been waived for all members of Women in Innovation SA.You can enter into as many categories as you like but you can only win in one category.

The annual membership is fee is $60.

Why do I need to become a member to apply for the Winnovation Awards?
Women in Innovation SA is a not-for-profit membership based organisation that exists to support and celebrate women who are breaking the mold.

As a member you become part of our supportive community and have to chance to get further recognition for your work.

Your contribution also helps us to support other women; elevating and celebrating the role models for the next generation. Learn more here.

Membership is $60 and gives you access to many networking and educational sessions held by Women In Innovation throughout the year.

What questions are asked in the application?
Applications are managed through an awards platform that can be accessed through our Members login.

You will be asked what stage you are at in the development of your innovation? (mulitple choice)
then to describe your innovation in one sentence (30 word limit).

More detailed can be provided through the following five questions:

  • Describe your innovation in more detail (400 word limit)
  • What’s your business model, project or research framework? (250 word limit)
  • What results have you achieved? (400 word limit)
  • Why you? Why are you the best person to win this award? (250 word limit)
  • What does the future look like for your innovation? (150 word limit)
  • What impact would winning this award have for you? (150 word limit)

You can also add anything else you’d like to share, up to a 300 word limit, and attach supporting documents and images.

Two referrees of your choice are requested to validate your application.

Go-on! Give it go – we would be delighted to hear all about your initiative and support and celebrate your innovation journey.

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.

Amber Cordeaux

Amber Cordeaux

Amber transformed community TV station Channel 44, and for the past 3 years has been the youngest TV station manager in Australian history, and one of only two females in the top job. She's taken the station from analogue to digital play-out, restructuring the business model, new branding, increased ratings to over 40,000 unique viewers per day, and now digital live-streaming; strengthening and connecting the SA community.
Sam Moyle

Sam Moyle

Sam is the creator of Project Igloo, a STEAM, challenge-based learning task for secondary students. It yields a 4m diameter igloo and enables students to use technology to conceptualise the igloo with apps to meet an engineering design brief.
Simone Kain

Simone Kain

Simone’s innovation – the educational character ‘George the Farmer’ – aims to teach children about farming practices along with food and fibre production.
Karen Nelson-Field

Karen Nelson-Field

Karen has helped advertisers around the world to better navigate the social web and understand the power of creating emotionally engaging content built for sharing.
Emily Rich

Emily Rich

Emily developed computer vision technologies that allow anybody to train cameras to recognise, detect and identify objects; with one current application being work in the conservation of the orangutan in Borneo. This is the only computer vision software in the world that can be trained by a non-expert user.
Nicole Pratt

Nicole Pratt

Nicole helped develop a detection tool for the field of medicine testing. The rapid signal detection tool can be used across multiple data sets in multiple countries, potentially helping millions of people avoid serious side effects of some medicines.
Tania Jolley

Tania Jolley

DNA Security Solutions - Tania developed ground breaking DNA criminal marking technology, only visible under UV light, that marks & tags criminals at crime scenes to create an irrefutable forensic link between the criminal & the crime.
Stephanie Kriewaldt

Stephanie Kriewaldt

Teaching Kids Coding - Stephanie taught students to write code in fun, creative ways; improving their maths, engagement in learning, divergent thinking & enabled those previously struggling with mainstream education to find their niche.