AND THE WINNERS ARE..........

The votes have poured in for the best innovations and innovators in the 2017 Innovative Tasmania Awards and the winners are:

Innovative Startup – Van Diemen Luxury Craft
Innovative Product – Leakyfeed
Innovative Service – Heritage Sailing
Innovative Process – Moore’s Hill Estate
Innovative Community – NILS Network of Tasmania
Innovative Learning – Ben Pangas BE.
Innovative Government – Dorset Council
Young Innovator of the Year – Ryan Hartshorn, Hartshorn Distillery
Innovator of the Year – Rachel Power, Mt Field

See more details on each of the winners in the categories below.

The Innovations

01. Innovator of the Year
02. Young Innovator of the Year
03. Innovative Start-up Award

04. Innovative Product Award
05. Innovative Service Award
06. Innovative Process Award

07. Innovative Community Award
08. Innovative Learning Award
09. Innovative Government Award

01.

Innovator of the Year

Adam Mostogl

Adam has taught over 4000 Australian students how to start their own business (through illuminate Education), has helped over 35  0 businesses start and scale in Northern Tasmania (through The Van Diemen Project) and helps the community become more innovative where he can. His grass roots, community approach has seen countless communities across Australia become more innovative after Adam’s impact, stretching students as well as community leaders to embrace innovation and entrepreneurship. Adam is also supporting his region through being a director of Northern Tasmania Development Corporation, Launceston Chamber of Commerce, Cowork Launceston amongst other organisations, and frequently helps out with community organisations across Australia in his spare time.

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Damian Ivereigh

Blue Ocean Gigabit on the NBN is a fast internet speed connection that has download speeds of approximately 1000 megabits per second – 100 times faster than the national average – this technology has huge potential to attract businesses to Tasmania.

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Tom Tasker

Unify Design is a collaboration of 3 construction industry professionals. We wanted to create a business that solved problems we experience daily in the design process of residential construction. In our first year we have delivered a building design package that features virtual reality to help the clients around the world visualise their projects and feel comfort and confidence in the biggest investment of their lives as well as utilizing reality capture technology to bring the site into our office so everyone involved in the project can virtually visit the site and gather highly accurate information resulting in projects with less complications. The true innovation in this is delivering these technologies whilst being very competitive on price with the traditional methods.

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Rachel Power

Winner  of the 2017 Innovator of the Year

Rachel owns Waterfalls Café & Gallery in Mt Field National Park. Her quirky, innovative PR and social media strategies have seen an explosion of visitation to Mt Field National Park, growth of almost 90% in under 4 years. Rachel has extended her innovation to encompass her product designs launching Van Diemen Designs this year. Rachel and her family are also the innovation behind Mt Field Retreat, a $3.6M accommodation and conference centre that will transform Mt Field from a day trip to a destination. Her innovative approach to employment has created opportunity for an entire community facing an unemployment rate double the national average. From a staff of 1, her team will be up to 30 strong this season.

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02.

Young Innovator of the Year

Andy Fist

Andy Fist is Founder of KOOEE!. Andy grew up in Launceston, and moved to Sydney for University on scholarship. He graduated from UNSW with First Class Honours, and subsequently worked as a business strategy consultant in Australia and India. He then worked for emerging startup “Tough Mudder” in New York. Andy moved back to Tasmania in 2013 to start his own business. His brand “KOOEE!” is innovative because it markets beef jerky as a premium product to a non-traditional audience. KOOEE! also has patent pending packaging innovations. KOOEE! is now sold nationally and employs 5 people. Andy’s contributions were recently recognized with “Best Young Professional” at the Launceston Chamber of Commerce Business Excellence Awards.

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Eva Mackinley

Eva Mackinley is a young Tasmanian woman with the ethos that change on a global scale can be done by anyone, from anywhere. She has worked in the youth, community, development and environmental sectors before starting her own initiative, The Last Straw. The Last Straw is a campaign to end the use of plastic straws in venues around Australia. It does this by encouraging a change in attitude and behavior towards straw use by consumers and venues though education and online content. This campaign is unique in its design and its implementation, has venues signed up around the country and interest in the campaign model from around the world.

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Ryan Hartshorn

Winner  of the 2017 Young Innovator of the Year

Hartshorn Distillery is the brain child of Ryan Hartshorn. Ryan has spent over 12months learning, experimenting and making many mistakes in his quest to turn the waste generated from his family businesses cheesery into something of use. Whey is the protein that remains in liquid form after the cheese making process . 80% of the whey produced in Australia is wasted. Ryan has discovered a world first in converting sheep whey into alcohol. As a result Ryan now uses 100% of his businesses whey. This innovation can be applied to not just sheep milk but all milk varieties which could essentially reduce not just ryans cheese waste but all of Australia’s whey waste. This would result in millions of litres of whey that is current wasted, being put to use. On top of this waste reduction, Ryan has also been able to create quality spirit from the whey. This year Ryan has won Best vodka in Australia at the world vodka awards in London. As soon as last week Ryan also won Australian beverage of the year at the Australian food and beverage industry awards.

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Sam Haberle

In 2001 at the age of 27, Sam Haberle founded S. Group as a sole practitioner (Architect). Fast forward 6 years and S. Group has grown to become one of Tasmania’s most innovative, reputable and vibrant design studios, now employing 25 staff across 3 offices! Initially birthed as an architectural firm, Sam took the innovative step to diversify S. Group which now delivers a range of creative services under the one roof: Architecture – residential, commercial, educational Creative – Branding, marketing strategy, web and digital design, graphic design, videography and photography. In 2016 S. Group were recognized nationally on the BRW Fast 100, and were also awarded the “Business of the Year” at the 2015 Launceston Chamber of Commerce Business Excellence awards.

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Bronwyn Kidd

An interest in travel, health and eco-conscious living prompted Bronwyn, to remove single-use plastics from our lifestyles. The solution was clear – easy to adopt, ethical, reusable goods for storing food. At 24, Bronwyn founded Sustomi, to fulfil the vision of helping people live happy, healthy, sustainable lives. Sustomi is changing the way we store our food, by revamping old techniques, like using beeswax, and improving aesthetics and functionality. Collaborations with artists create fun, energetic and exciting product lines. Bronwyn created the concept of ‘sustoming’ – meaning ‘the act of creating a healthy, happy, sustainable home’. One million metres of plastic have been saved, 6 employment opportunities have been created in Tasmania, and Sustomi has encouraged thousands to live eco-consciously.

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03.

Innovative Start-up Award

Digital Dandy

Digital Dandy is a creative digital marketing agency, founded by Irish expat Jen Murnaghan. The business promotes the value of conscious business practice and finding passion through work. With her unique creative flair, Jen shares a wealth of knowledge with her Tasmanian clients, thanks to 20 years marketing experience in Dublin, London and Sydney. Specialising in social media, Jen’s background in design, branding and communication distinguishes her from more traditional service-based digital businesses. Her dedication to passion and purpose also sets her apart as an advocate for confident, authentic marketing. In just six months as a Digital Ready coach, Jen has worked with over 100 clients and regularly collaborates with interstate businesses to promote the value of social media marketing.

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Evolo Room Escape

Evolo Room Escape has brought real-life adventure rooms to Hobart. Evolo gives everyone the opportunity to put their team in the middle of a mysterious room – where they’ll need their problem-solving, teamwork and wits to win! Evolo is the first independent, immersive experience of its kind in Hobart. Evolo provides a mentally stimulating way to spend time with friends and family or a unique workgroup team-building experience. Since opening in October 2016, Evolo have created three room escape scenarios so far, each with uniquely innovative lateral, logical and physical puzzles within interesting theming. Evolo innovative experiences have been host to thousands of participants, over 50 company events and has become a destination for both tourists and locals in Hobart.

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Kooee Snacks

Andy Fist is Founder of KOOEE!. Andy grew up in Launceston, and moved to Sydney for University on scholarship. He graduated from UNSW with First Class Honours, and subsequently worked as a business strategy consultant in Australia and India. He then worked for emerging startup “Tough Mudder” in New York. Andy moved back to Tasmania in 2013 to start his own business. His brand “KOOEE!” is innovative because it markets beef jerky as a premium product to a non-traditional audience. KOOEE! also has patent pending packaging innovations. KOOEE! is now sold nationally and employs 5 people. Andy’s contributions were recently recognized with “Best Young Professional” at the Launceston Chamber of Commerce Business Excellence Awards.

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Meru Foods

Meru Foods is pioneering the production of premium quality Miso in Australia. They have developed and refined the complex processes involved in making miso, from culturing their own spores all the way through to production of a world class miso. Armed with a keen interest in the science of fermenting and microbiology, coupled with a small number of home miso making texts, the husband and wife team behind the brand are distributing miso in five states to retail and foodservice customers that include Testuya’s, Vue de Monde and Orana to name just a few. Meru Foods is rapidly growing in the Launceston community, bringing on their first staff in May this year.

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Sustomi

Sustomi is working towards a vision of removing single use plastics from homes, in an ethical, stylish manner. One million metres of plastic have been saved, 6 employment opportunities have been created in Tasmania, and Sustomi has encouraged thousands to live eco-consciously, both in locally and across the globe. Since 2016, Sustomi has been changing the way we store our food. Old food storage techniques (like using beeswax) coupled with improved aesthetics and functionality are leading a lifestyle movement. The concept of ‘sustoming’ – meaning ‘the act of creating a healthy, happy, sustainable home’, is central to Sustomi’s ethos. Collaborations with artists create fun, energetic and exciting product lines which are created ethically in Tasmania, where possible.

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taste.walk.talk

taste.walk.talk has brought a different delivery of epicurean tourism to Launceston. As opposed to expecting visitors to the city to be able to find their way around our gourmet experiences (and one-way streets) in the CBD and beyond, Brock and Fi have packaged up the best we have to offer to provide an innovative offering for our foodie tourists. One of the aims of taste.walk.talk is to get visitors to stay another night in Launceston, boosting dollars spent in the area with the potential for flow on spend. Launceston, and Tasmania, are a booming hotspot for gastronomic delights and by taste.walk.talk providing this innovative premium experience, Brock and Fi are making Launceston a more attractive destination.

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Van Dieman Luxury Craft

Winner  of the 2017 Innovative Startup Award

The Sports Limousine is a convertible superyacht tender (support boat). It features a moving roof and window combination that raises and lowers to cater for height limitations and weather conditions. The roof and windows can lower to minimize the vessel height within the tender bay of a superyacht, compared to alternative tenders with a fixed roof that require larger spaces. It can also convert between a sports boat and a limousine; the roof can be lifted and windows lowered to create an open boat, or the windows can be raised and roof lowered to create an enclosed limousine. Chosen for its unique design, a Van Diemen Sports Limousine was commissioned by a Sydney client to cater for VIP international guests.

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YaVibe

Ever been to a bar, club or restaurant to find that the place is dead, no atmosphere or vibe? You want to leave but where do you go next? YaVibe is a vibe sharing mobile app that enables you to find a venue with the vibe your looking for in that moment. YaVibe is sharing the vibe that people within the venue now. If it’s a cool vibe, they’ll share it as cool and take a short video of what’s actually happening within. Users can see this in their search. The innovative feature is our pulsing ring under the map venue location pin. As more people share the vibe the faster the pulse stimulating people to visit. Global potential!

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04.

Innovative Product Award

leakyfeed

Winner  of the 2017 Innovative Product Award

LeakyFeed is a global information API and Search Portal offering real-time, crowd-sourced, event-driven news and social commentary which has been cross-referenced, correlated and filtered to ensure match-probability and relevance linguistically, sentimentally and geographically. Where global search giants offer the prospect of rapid-retrieval of indexed content; the ever-growing abundance of data is increasing the delay between publication and indexing. Aside from news, content is generally indexed three weeks after publication. LeakyFeed captures real-time data and presents it to the searcher in a rich content experience. BitByteBit, founding in December 2016, have recently been awarded the 2017 Tasmanian iAwards for ‘Mobility Innovator of the Year’ and ‘Consumer Markets’ for LeakyFeed and are representing Tasmania in the 2017 iAward Nationals for each category.

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Hartshorn

Hartshorn Distillery is the brain child of Ryan Hartshorn. Ryan has spent over 12months learning, experimenting and making many mistakes in his quest to turn the waste generated from his family businesses cheesery into something of use. Whey is the protein that remains in liquid form after the cheese making process . 80% of the whey produced in Australia is wasted. Ryan has discovered a world first in converting sheep whey into alcohol. As a result Ryan now uses 100% of his businesses whey. This innovation can be applied to not just sheep milk but all milk varieties which could essentially reduce not just ryans cheese waste but all of Australia’s whey waste. This would result in millions of litres of whey that is current wasted, being put to use. On top of this waste reduction, Ryan has also been able to create quality spirit from the whey. This year Ryan has won Best vodka in Australia at the world vodka awards in London. As soon as last week Ryan also won Australian beverage of the year at the Australian food and beverage industry awards.

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Henty

We have designed a garment bag (the CoPilot) which rolls into a satchel (or backpack) which is easily carried on your back. The CoPilot is innovative because existing garment bag designs require the clothes to be folded in half, resulting in a) creases, and b) being difficult to carry. The CoPilot is designed within airline carry-on requirements and is carried with your hands free. We encourage people to actively transport themselves to work (realising health benefits), either walking, riding or running as we provide the only solution, globally, to transport your formal work clothes on your back without having to iron, once at your destination. The CoPilot is now sold in over eleven countries around the world.

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Innovgas

NoPressTM is a foam and rigid plastic shield designed specifically to protect anaesthetised patient’s eyes from externally applied pressure. In many surgeries on the upper half of the body or where the patient is laterally positioned, there is an increased risk of accidental pressure being applied to an anaesthetised patient’s eyes by surgical retractors, head supports, the surgeons or their assistants. It’s patented unitary design and midline flexion device means it resists a high pressure load while still conforming to the patient’s face. Hypoallergenic adhesive allows easy, safe application and removal. NoPressTM is currently being sold in Australia, Europe, United Kingdom and Brazil. By decreasing eye injuries, all practitioners, their institutions and most importantly, their patients, will benefit.

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Launtel Blue Ocean Gigabit

Blue Ocean Gigabit on the nbn™ gives Tasmania a decade long competitive advantage over other Australian States. With Tasmania’s pure fibre nbn™ Launtel saw the opportunity to activate maximum internet speeds 10x faster than nbn™ offered nationally.  Australia sat at 51st place for internet speeds, putting Australia at a disadvantage to join the new booming services economy. Launching in May, Launtel placed Tasmania in an elite marketable position as a Gigabit state. Gigabit has seen business communicate 100x faster than national averages. ARTAS halved the weeks required for their building design process. In other global locations, this has seen new industries created, and existing businesses move in from capital cities bringing with them economic growth and a younger population.

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Launceston Entertainment Complex

The Innovation is the Innovative nature of the Business. By combining five different Entertainment Activities (Airtime, Adventure Planet, Laser Force, along with Electric cars and Inflatable Planet) with a vibrant café in one Centre, and utilizing 14 versatile and flexible staff members. Entertainment Complex FY 16-17. Launceston Entertainment Complex attracts the widest demographic range of clients from toddlers, seniors and large Corporations. The diverse range of advertising in all forms of social, digital, electronic and print media, which are utilized to reach all over Tasmania.

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Marinova

Maritech® fucoidan extracts are bioactive compounds developed and manufactured by Marinova for the betterment of human health. The company’s lead compound is extracted from Undaria pinnatifida, an invasive seaweed species introduced into Tasmania 30 years ago. Not only has Marinova developed world-leading, green chemistry technology to successfully convert this seaweed into high value ingredients for nutritional, pharmaceutical and dermatological products, but more than 650,000 kg of this invasive pest has so far been removed from the marine environment. Maritech® fucoidan extracts exert a range of bioactivities including stem cell mobilisation, immune support and powerful inhibition of influenza, herpes simplex and swine-flu viruses. They are the only certified-organic fucoidan extracts in the world and are exported to more than 25 countries.

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Roberts Tasmania

Roberts is passionate about Tasmanian agriculture and promoting our Island’s highly sought after produce on the world stage. We are proud to own Tasmanian Merino, a brand which provides authenticity for the entire supply chain, from the wool producer to the consumer. Tasmanian Merino™ stands for: Sustainability. Our pristine environment, fresh water and clean air are the ingredients that create the high-quality product that end-consumers value and our livelihoods depend on. ‘Clear conscience’ approach to farming. We always act with care and passion for the environment, animals and the community we are part of.

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Electric Express

The Electric Express is a second generation, high performance Electric Cargo Scooter. The Tilting trike design and electric drive system, is simple, practical transportation with industrial application. The tilting design and dual motor drive make for a vehicle with superior performance and stability. Suited to on-road and off-road applications, this long-range cargo vehicle is designed to be the workhorse for business, and a practical vehicle for those who are wanting to reduce their transportation costs and environmental impact. The first generation vehicle, the ‘Deliver-E Trike’ won an international design award, and the vehicle was exhibited in Paris, France (2013). I was a finalist in the Australian Innovation Challenge (2012), and also appeared on the ABC’s New Inventors program (2010).

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Transus Instruments

There is an increasing need to monitor emissions and improve energy efficiency to meet new environmental and economic challenges. Gases, such as biogas, landfill, coal seam, shale and flare gases are usually dirty and wet and they can contain corrosive liquids. Until now, there have been no suitable flowmeters for many of these applications. Transus Instruments has developed a unique signal processing technique using ultrasonic signals to extract the flow information to provide reliable and precise measurement even in the most extreme applications. The patented technique, dubbed “Broadband Continuous Wave©”, has been implemented in our UIM ultrasonic flowmeters. Since their introduction last December these flowmeters have been sold for demanding measurement applications in the Middle East, Brazil and North America.

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WheelieSafe

The innovation is a manual or electric trolley/handling bracket combination that enables single heavy bins or up to four empty or lightly laden bins to be handled safely and efficiently. The trolley has been granted an Australian Patent (2011349114). The International Patent Examiner found the system to be “inventive, innovative and industrially applicable”. This means it was unique in the world. The product has now been sold all over Australia and in NZ, Europe and the UK. The trolleys take the ‘tilt’ load on a third wheel, provide brakes and move quietly and stably on a wide track and large wheels. The electric also provides the motive force – all the operator has to do is steer.

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05.

Innovative Service Award

Heritage Sailing

Winner  of the 2017 Innovative Service Award

Heritage Sailing Tasmania integrates traditional sailing, conservation and health promotion on the SV Rhona H, an historic Tasmanian tall ship. Our service is innovative as it combines: Traditional sailing, Conservation and Health Promotion  as a new service model for tourism.

We are Not for Profit. Our all volunteer crew’s passion ensures a positive guest experience and memory of Tasmania. We specialize in traditional sailing, nautical skills, and the protection of our environment. Health Promotion is inherent in all our activities. We have achieved Australian Tourism Accreditation, reached the finals of the Tasmanian Tourism Awards, awarded Trip Advisor Certificates of Excellence in 2016 and 2017 and awarded Best Sailing Company in the UK based Luxury Travel Guides for Asia and Australia.

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Marcom Watson

Marcom Watson has completed a weather system project monitoring environmental conditions at mining construction site for forecasting safe working conditions for employees and contractors. We have supplied the following hardware: Weather Radar, Wave rider buoy, Tide gauge, Lighting detection, Rain measurement, Wind Speed & Direction, Barometric pressure and Vessel tracking systems – geo fencing alarms. The innovation is the custom integration of several sensors and information into a single unified system providing notifications and warnings to personnel by way of SMS & email. Alarms and thresholds are fully adjustable by the end user. The innovation has created a safe work environment and improved productivity by planning construction around more localised weather predictions.

The innovation has employed local Tasmanians

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Stornoway

A leading local civil contractor and West Coast Council have teamed resources to create greater efficiencies for both organisations. Stornoway and the Council developed a resource sharing agreement, which will see the organisations sharing workers, equipment and business networks to help with asset maintenance and infrastructure work on the West Coast. Councils traditionally look to other councils to share resources but this innovation combines local government with private enterprise, in a unique way to benefit West Coast communities. The agreement will asset maintenance activities provide the best outcome for residents and tourists to the West Coast. It combines the knowledge, skills and experience of the two organisations to improve the capability to meet future challenges of asset maintenance and construction.

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Van Dieman Project

The Van Diemen Project helps Tasmanian business and entrepreneurs do great things. We are breaking the mould in the delivery of business advice and mentoring. Gone are the 50+ page business plans and endless spreadsheets – we use our extensive network of subject matter experts and mentors to help people with their startup idea or business. This means people get practical, specialist advice and the benefit of real life experiences, often delivered in their business. In six months, we’ve helped more than 130 Tasmanian entrepreneurs and over 180 small businesses in North-East Tasmania. We’ve also launched Tasmania’s first, free youth business incubator: EMERGE.

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06.

Innovative Process Award

Digital Dandy

Digital Dandy is a Hobart based creative digital marketing agency, specializing in online storytelling. For Irish expat and founder Jen Murnaghan, the power of process plays a critical role in the success of any marketing strategy. Jen brings a wealth of knowledge in design, branding and communication from over 20 years’ experience in Sydney, London and Dublin. She disrupts the traditional service-based digital business model with her creative, holistic approach and her dedication to discovering each client’s passion and purpose sets her apart as an advocate for confident, authentic marketing. In just six months as a Digital Ready coach, Jen has personally worked with over 100 clients. She also collaborates with interstate marketers, promoting the importance of authentic digital storytelling.

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Hartshorn Distillery

My company is the first in the world to Ferment sheep milk whey into alcohol. 80% of the whey produced in Australia is wasted which makes my process even more important in trying to reduce waste in our world and put it to good use. It has taken me 12mths of experiments to discover how to convert the lactose sugars contained within sheep milk whey from complex to basic using dairy enzymes. Once the sugars are converted I then add a unique yeast to ferment the basic sugars into alcohol. This process has never been done on sheep milk whey anywhere in the world. On top of this, my process has proven to not only be effective in reducing waste but has been awarded the best Vodka in Australia at the World Vodka awards in London for 2017. This year the vodka also won Australian beverage of the year at the Australian food and beverage industry awards.

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Marinova

The proprietary Maritech® extraction process, developed and used exclusively by Marinova, utilises green chemistry principles to convert an introduced seaweed pest, Undaria pinnatifida, into high purity seaweed extracts for nutritional, pharmaceutical and dermatological use. Unlike typical seaweed extraction, the Maritech® process is solvent-free and doesn’t use any harsh chemicals. 650,000 kg of the invasive seaweed has so far been removed from the Tasmanian marine environment and transformed into bioactive extracts for human health. Maritech® extracts exert a range of benefits including stem cell mobilisation, immune support and powerful inhibition of influenza, herpes simplex and swine-flu viruses. This innovative technology has also achieved zero-waste manufacturing by capturing and converting all liquid and solid by-products into nutrient-rich additives for the horticultural sector.

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Meru Foods

Meru Foods is pioneering the production of premium quality Miso in Australia. They have developed and refined the complex processes involved in making miso, from culturing their own spores all the way through to production of a world class miso. Armed with a keen interest in the science of fermenting and microbiology, coupled with a small number of home miso making texts, the husband and wife team behind the brand are distributing miso in five states to retail and foodservice customers that include Testuya’s, Vue de Monde and Orana to name just a few. Meru Foods is rapidly growing in the Launceston community, bringing on their first staff in May this year.

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Moore’s Hill Estate

Winner  of the 2017 Innovative Process Award

We have built Tasmania’s first 100% off grid commercial winery enabling us to process our grapes on site. The winery runs entirely on solar power using a 30kW array and 81kWh of battery storage. We use water collected from the roof and a closed loop system treats waste. Our sustainable approach has been applauded by customers and encouraged other Tasmanian wineries to investigate solar power. By independently generating power, we’ve overcome the threat of rising electricity prices and uncertain supply. The architecturally designed winery sits proudly in the landscape and our winery tours have added another dimension to our cellar door tourism experience. The project aligns with Tasmania’s clean & green image and has positively enhanced the Moores Hill brand.

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Innovative Community Award

Cowork Launceston

Cowork Launceston is Tasmania’s first purpose built coworking space, funded entirely by our members (without government support) as a not-for-profit entity. Unlike most coworking spaces, we focus on all small to medium businesses – not just technology. Our vibrant community includes people from the following industries: design, education, professional services, accounting, food, tourism, local government and more. Through collaborating with other organisations, we have regularly hosted events for the wider community including pitch nights, the US Consulate, Department of State Growth, business training (NEIS & Exploring Being Your Own Boss), incubators, business presentations including entrepreneurship, workplace culture, fintech, speaking in public and much more – all presented for the Northern Tasmania community to benefit from.

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A Fairer World

  • The Hobart Human Library uses the art of storytelling to address the causes of bullying and discrimination.
  • It provides a safe space to meet with people from outside our normal sphere of connection and helps to break down barriers, challenge stereotypes and build empathy.
  • When we look in the eyes of another person and move quickly past the usual exchange of pleasantries, we get to the heart of our shared humanity.
  • Our living ‘books’ have all experienced prejudice – perhaps because of their culture, religion, gender, sexual orientation, appearance or wellness.
  • It is the first human library in the world to be run as a professional diversity training
  • Over 2,000 Tasmanian participants have loved the library workshop!
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Hobart City Mission

DIY Dads is a supported housing program that provides single fathers, without stable accommodation the opportunity to have custody of their children. These fathers are often separated from their children, through the children being placed into State Care or into the full time care of their mother. DIY Dads is the only program of its kind in Tasmania. The program also provides life and parent skill training, advocacy and self-guidance to develop confident and capable fathers, with the aim of transitioning into independent living in the community. The benefit of this wrap around service model is an increase in case coordination so that the fathers don’t have to seek multiple services but receive a more holistic and individualised combination of support.

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Interweave

Interweave Arts is a community arts organisation with a focus on facilitating the artistic pathways of people experiencing disability via our Access Arts Link program. We believe art is a tool with the innovative and engaging power to effect positive social and cultural change. In 2017 Interweave installed a series of street art murals in Dicky Whites Lane, Launceston that stimulate and encourage community conversations about inclusiveness and diversity. Access Arts Link artist Josh Reid is pictured left performing at MechanOptera, a boutique theatre production in collaboration with Erth Theatre and Dept of Architecture UTAS which saw KUKA the robot interfaced with puppetry to become a giant lifelike dinosaur.

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NILS Network of Tasmania

Winner  of the 2017 Innovative Community Award

NILS (No Interest Loans) Tasmania is a not-for-profit, community-based organization providing low income Tasmanians with financial literacy support and essential no-interest loans. NILS Tasmania is the national stand-out leader in micro-finance, both in innovation and performance. We operate the only community-based micro-enterprise loan scheme in Australia. We have supported more than 800 low income Tasmanians to realize their own dream to start or grow a small business. Our model is now copied by other states. We have developed our own online systems for loan applications and for loan processing.  These systems have allowed us to process more loans, more quickly than providers in other states (for example, in 2016 we issued almost 2500 loans. WA Nils by comparison, issued just 750 loans).

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Produce to the People

Produce to the People (PttP) is a secular social charity, founded in Penelope Dodd’s backyard in 2009. PttP has become a major provider of food relief in NW Tasmania, rapidly expanding to meet demand.

PttP innovates through:

  • Providing a free food hub and young mum/elder outreach program where the community can access fresh, local, seasonal and indigenous produce without judgement
  • Training beginning farmers in resilient, regenerative farming techniques.
  • Educating children while preparing them to steward the land that provides it.
  • Increasing public awareness of local food insecurity issues and healthy, seasonal and sustainable food.

In 2016 the program reached over 17,000 people and distributed 41,000 kilos of free fresh produce from its Food Hub on the grounds of Burnie High.

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Spica Chairs

Spica Chairs have been designed to fulfil a gap in the market for children with hip dysplasia. Spica cast is a type of plaster that covers both legs from the ankles up to the navel of young toddler aged children.

Some children in the casts for up to 3 months. Designed and constructed for children with hip dysplasia (in casts or brace) who cannot fit in normal chairs. Flat packed for easy delivery, storage and transporting. No cost to borrow. They are given free of charge to parents and once the treatment is complete, they are returned, checked, and prepared again for the next child in need.

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Windward Bound

Windeward Bound’s Youth Leadership Challenge, now in its sixth year, is an innovative 10-day program that creates extraordinary opportunities for Tasmanian youth from refugee and non-refugee backgrounds to maintain the 24-hour operation of our tall ship. Participants bond over shared sailing duties and cultural and life experiences, developing personal skills and awareness. These experiences break down barriers and help forge long-lasting relationships of acceptance, understanding and inclusiveness.

Sail trainees step off the ship with increased self-confidence and communication skills, teamwork, tolerance, resilience and personal responsibility; qualities that they take back to their schools and communities. The program’s success has spread to other tall ships around the world who are now actively seeking to introduce this program in their own communities.

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Innovative Learning Award

Ben Pangas BE.

Winner  of the 2017 Innovative LearningAward

Ben Pangas Be. offers professional development to Tasmania in a way that is not being done by anyone else. Bringing the most sophisticated coaching methodologies to regional communities, it is supporting the ‘people helping’ industries help their people grow. Using Vertical Coaching methodology, Ben has supplied hundreds of hours of coaching to leaders in people helping professions throughout Tasmania, enabling them to stay innovative, passionate and resilient. Vertical coaching goes beyond what we know to how we know, increasing perspectives and the quality of attention we bring to each context and ourselves. In doing so it recognises the capacity to navigate complexity and diversity with greater compassion and innovation as key to individual and business success into the emerging future.

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A Fairer World

  • The Hobart Human Library uses the art of storytelling to address the causes of bullying and discrimination.
  • It provides a safe space to meet with people from outside our normal sphere of connection and helps to break down barriers, challenge stereotypes and build empathy.
  • When we look in the eyes of another person and move quickly past the usual exchange of pleasantries, we get to the heart of our shared humanity.
  • Our living ‘books’ have all experienced prejudice – perhaps because of their culture, religion, gender, sexual orientation, appearance or wellness.
  • It is the first human library in the world to be run as a professional diversity training
  • Over 2,000 Tasmanian participants have loved the library workshop!
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Illuminate Education

illuminate Education has bought an innovative approach to entrepreneurship education through the illuminate:nextgen Challenge, where students explore the process of starting their own business in a short five day program. The challenge delivers an authentic experience, where students look at developing creative and innovating solutions in their community using technology and techniques that are relevant right now, including digital technologies, social media marketing and collaborative online presentations. Starting in Tasmania in 2011, the illuminate:nextgen Challenge is now run across Australia with over 4000 students having participated to date and is now shaping schools across the nation. illuminate Education continues to grow and partner with communities and organisations – forever opening up innovative opportunities for the next generation.

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Virtues @ Work

My learning innovation is a piece of research that applies the ancient philosophy of virtue (think: compassion, justice, wisdom, courage, humility, and integrity – or those attributes that compose ‘the goodness part’ of us), to the modern context of business leadership. For my study, I put 9 leaders from 7 Tasmanian organisations through 2 days of virtues-based leadership development training and evaluated the outcomes achieved. My research represents the first robust evaluation of virtues-based leadership development training. My findings indicate that learning about virtues has helped my leaders become better leaders by giving them a new lens to recognise and a new language to acknowledge, in themselves and others, those virtues that compose the goodness part of each of us.

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What’s your top innovation for the Innovative Learning Award

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Innovative Government Award

Dorset Council

Winner  of the 2017 Innovative Government Award

In response to the impending closure of the Presbyterian Care operated Aminya aged care facility in Scottsdale, Dorset Council has negotiated and financially underwritten an arrangement with an alternative organisation- May Shaw and the State Government, which will see the State run aged care facility merged with Aminya to create one consolidated facility.

The arrangement is innovative because it allows the State Government to exit a non-core service which incurs unsustainable operating losses, May Shaw doubles its scale in an industry where sustainability is dependent on scale, and for the community, the solution will result in the long-term sustainability of aged care and a $5 million redevelopment of the Aminya facility.

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Northern Midlands Council

The Northern Midlands Council created an opportunity for recreational and incidental physical activity by redeveloping the playground at Longford’s Village Green. The innovative play equipment is the only electronic playground of its kind in Tasmania; a destination playground attracting visitors to Longford, and providing an experience for its local community that can be achieved nowhere else in Tasmania.
The electronic equipment addresses the modern-day attraction to digital/video games, thus encouraging older children to go outdoors and enjoy physical activity. The games can be played individually or in teams, which also improves social connection and teamwork. The strategic direction of the playground encourages play for children of all ages/abilities, improves health and wellbeing for the community’s youth, and fosters community engagement.

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What’s your top innovation for the Innovative Government Award

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In 2017 there are 10 awards:

    • Innovator of the Year, presented by Eaglecrest Technologies
    • Young Innovator of the Year, presented by University Of Tasmania
    • Innovative Start-Up Award, presented by Startup Tasmania and TasICT
    • Innovative Product Award, presented by Dept Industry, Innovation and Science
    • Innovative Service Award, presented by Tasmanian Broadcasters
    • Innovative Process Award, presented by Bell Bay Aluminium
    • Innovative Region Award, presented by TCCI
    • Innovative Community Award, presented by Anglicare Tasmania
    • Innovative Learning Award, presented by University of Tasmania
    • Innovative Government Award, presented by Dept of State Growth.

    Entry is FREE. See submission details below.

Awards Partners

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Prizes

Prizes will be a video vignette for each of the winners for their use and for promotion of the role of innovation to the general public. These will be produced to broadcast standard by Southern Cross TV’s professional production crew. The commercial value of these vignettes and airtime is $4,500 each.

These vignettes will be run at the end of the Southern Cross News in late November/earlyDecember 2017, one per night, acknowledging the winner of the the specific Award  and the role of sponsors in supporting the Awards and Tasmanian innovation.

Winners receive a very modern, solid aluminium trophy (165mm high x 50mm across each face) with wording engraved through black gloss exposing the silver aluminium finish. They receive also a certificate and a set of laurels.

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Awards Presentation

The Awards will be presented at a prestigious event in Hobart at  5 star venue Wrest Point on the evening of Wednesday 4th October. Professional presenter Ryk Goddard will again lead the Awards presentations interviewing each winner and keeping the event lively and entertaining .

High profile key note speaker,  Larry Lopez, Director of Accelerating Commercialisation,  in the  Department of Industry, Innovation and Science’s entrepreneurs programme, will  speak on success factors for innovators. Will Hodgman, Premier of Tasmania, and Michael Ferguson, Minister for Innovation and IT, have been invited to describe their work in making Tasmania an innovative and productive island.

The Awards event is a great opportunity for networking. As Tim Jarosz, winner of the 2016 Innovator of the Year says: ” Awards like this – it’s about being around like-minded people, they think the same, they talk the same. It’s a language you can understand. “

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