Australian Information Industry Association
The iAwards Program engages the most experienced and respected judges in the industry from a variety of backgrounds, such as C-level executives, entrepreneurs and capital raisers, commercialisation and productisation experts, academics, and technology subject matter experts.
Each judging panel is assembled to ensure entries are assessed by judges with a variety of perspectives and experiences. iAwards judges volunteer their time to share their valuable knowledge and experience with innovation in technology, ensuring the iAwards program identifies the best in Australian innovation each year.
Who oversees the iAwards Judging Process?
Our iAwards Chief Judge, Gary Buck, and our iAwards Category Judges form the iAwards Judges Council. The Council oversees the entire judging process to ensure confidentiality, transparency and integrity are maintained.
What does the iAwards Judging Process look like?
Judging for the iAwards takes place over two competition rounds. View our judging flowchart for a quick snapshot of the process.
Round I - State iAwards
Round I is conducted online. Once all nominations are submitted, each judge assesses the relevant entries against the response criteria and scores appropriately. The outcome is the awarding of state winners in each of the categories. State winners are presented with their iAwards at our State iAwards Gala Dinners in May and June. Merit recipients may also be awarded.
Our state winners and merit recipients can then progress to the National iAwards, where they compete against winners from other states and territories in Round II.
Round II - National iAwards
Finalists from the State iAwards will pitch their innovations to an esteemed panel of industry leading judges in round II. Winners and merit recipients are presented with their trophies and/or certificates at the pinnacle event of the iAwards calendar: the National iAwards Gala Dinner, to be held in August in Melbourne.
Our winners may then apply to represent Australia at the Asia Pacific ICT Alliance (APICTA) Awards.
Interested in becoming an iAwards Judge?
Read about the experiences of some of our iAwards judges below. If you’re interested in being involved in our judging program, please email firstname.lastname@example.org.