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Meet the 2019 iAwards Judges

The iAwards engages the most experienced and respected judges across academia, community, government and industry. The iAwards are judged in two rounds and this year Round One saw 62 judges volunteer their time and expertise to assess nominations against the judging criteria across 10 categories for organisations and 3 categories for students. The 9-member iAwards Judges Council oversees the entire iAwards judging process to ensure confidentiality, transparency and integrity. Their commitment to the ICT industry is to be commended. 

Gary Buck, iAwards Chief Judge

Gary Buck is the iAwards Chief Judge. His career spanned almost 30 years in a variety of Senior IT Executive roles with BHP. Since ‘retiring’, Gary has had various roles, including CIO for CPA Australia. He has also assisted global IT outsourcing specialist Wipro in penetrating the mining industry. Gary now sits on the Board of Outcomes Australia, a group dedicated to implementing global best practices that Australia has bypassed. A passionate and dedicated iAwards Judge for over five years, Gary previously sat on the iAwards Judges Council and was promoted to Chief Judge after Fulvio Inserra, our previous Chief Judge, was appointed Vice Chair of the Asia Pacific ICT Alliance Awards.


2019 iAwards Judging Council

- Gary Buck, Chief iAwards Judge and Director, Outcomes Australia 
- Dr Bill Petreski, Principal, Strategy61 
- Don Easter, Director, Ki-Ju-Ga 
- Sue Findlay, Tender Consultant, Bid Buddy 
- Jordan Green, Founder/President, Melbourne Angels 
- Collins Rex, Owner, Rex Ideas 
- Dr Paul Boxer, Angel Investor and Managing Director, Sentient Group 
- Bambi Price, Director, Tron Systems 
- Dr Ian Oppermann, Chief Data Scientist and CEO, NSW Data Analytics Centre

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See you @ National iAwards 

Winners and merit recipients of our State and Territory iAwards go on to represent their State or Territory at the National iAwards, held in Melbourne as the pinnacle event in the annual Digital Innovation Festival. The iAwards calendar consists of a collaborative series of events, planned to showcase the inspiring achievements of our home-grown innovations.

Pitching and Judging - 27 & 28 August 2019

Finalists from the State iAwards will pitch their innovations live to an esteemed panel of industry leading judges, who will finalise the winners and merit recipients in each of the categories. 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.

PitchFest and Innovation Showcase - 29 August 2019

PitchFest is your opportunity to hear from a range of this year’s iAwards finalists, as they pitch their innovations to our esteemed panel and live audience. This dynamic Pitchfest will throw down the gauntlet for future innovations, and is sure to inspire and motivate you to find ways to amplify innovation in your business. There will also be the opportunity to spend some time getting up close and personal with our finalists at this year’s Innovation Showcase. Entry to the PitchFest and Innovation Showcase is included in your 2018 National iAwards Gala Dinner ticket, so join us to celebrate incredible innovation and get a sneak peek at Australia's next outstanding digital solutions!

Gala Dinner and Awards Ceremony - 29 August 2019

The Gala celebration dinner provides the grand finale for the event. The National iAwards Gala is the digital industry’s ‘night of nights’ and is an event you must have on your 2019 calendar. This event has traditionally been a fantastic evening, with plenty of opportunities to meet like-minded peers and potential investors. We promise that it will be a night of celebration, networking and fun – with more than a few surprises throughout the night! @The_iAwards

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