WINNERS 2015

Congratulations to the winners of the 2015 NZ Innovators Awards. See the full list of winners below and media release here.

 

SUPREME NEW ZEALAND INNOVATOR

Sponsored by Bayer New Zealand

This award is presented by Bayer New Zealand to the best overall entry.

WINNER: Kode Biotech with Kode Technology Anti Cancer Treatment

 

Kode Biotech has been focused on the development of cell surface membrane modification technology in the fight against tumours. Synthetic animal antigens are used to modify the cancer cell surface membrane and encourage the body’s natural immune response to attack the cancer tumour cells. Kode Biotech’s lipid technology will be used in Agalimmune’s clinical human trials of their cancer immunotherapy molecules in 2016.

www.kodebiotech.com

 

INNOVATION IN AGRIBUSINESS & ENVIRONMENT

Sponsored by Bayer New Zealand

WINNER: fibre-gen - HITMAN PH330 

The Hitman PH330 is an acoustic tool that sonically tests the tensile strength of a tree before harvest, allowing the tree to be segregated into construction strength timber, and timber for other uses. This tool reduces waste and saves money in the timber industry.

Website - www.fibre-gen.com   

Winner's Video Interview - fibre-gen with HITMAN PH330

 

INNOVATION IN DESIGN AND ENGINEERING 

Sponsored by James and Wells

WINNER: Methven – AurajetTM Shower Spray Technology 

Domestically, a quarter of water consumption is used in showering. Methven has developed Aurajet™ - a halo-shaped shower head with spray technology that causes jets of water to collide, creating 20% more spray force and twice the amount of water on skin contact of a normal shower, without using any extra water.

Website - www.methven.com/nz

Winner's Video Interview - Methven

 

INNOVATION IN FINANCIAL AND PROFESSIONAL SERVICES

Sponsored by Paymark

WINNER: Harmoney – Peer To Peer Marketplace 

Harmoney is one of New Zealand’s first peer-to-peer money marketplaces, bringing people looking to borrow money together with people looking to lend it. The online platform offers fast, easy, and transparent lending and investment options. Harmoney’s unique loan Fractionalisation allows investors to spread their investment over a large number of loans, further reducing their risk or exposure to any one borrower.

Website - www.harmoney.co.nz 

Winner's Video Interview - Harmoney

Highly Commended:

  • Semble 
  • ShipIT 

 

INNOVATION IN FOOD AND BEVERAGE 

Sponsored by Auckland Tourism Events and Economic Development (ATEED)

WINNER: Genevieve’s – Long Shelflife Pates 

Dedicated to additive-free foods, Genevieve’s have spent years perfecting recipes and heat preserving methods that create tasty, long shelf-life pates with no preservatives. Previously, products only lasted three weeks, or had to be canned. The recipes, cooking, and preserving methods used by Genevieve’s have created a safer, more nutritional food product with a longer shelf-life for retailers.

Website - http://www.genevievescuisine.com/ 

Winner's Video Interview - Genevieve's

Highly Commended:

  • BBC Technologies - CURO

 

INNOVATION IN HEALTH AND SCIENCE

Sponsored by Chorus

WINNER: Kode Biotech – Kode Technology Anti-Cancer Treatment

Kode Biotech has been focused on the development of cell surface membrane modification technology in the fight against tumours. Synthetic animal antigens are used to modify the cancer cell surface membrane and encourage the body’s natural immune response to attack the cancer tumour cells. Kode Biotech’s lipid technology will be used in Agalimmune’s clinical human trials of their cancer immunotherapy molecules in 2016.

Website - www.kodebiotech.com

Highly Commended:

  • OpthalmicDocs - oDocs Eye Care

 

INNOVATION IN INFORMATION COMMUNICATIONS TECHNOLOGY AND CLOUD SOLUTIONS

Sponsored by Alcatel Lucent

WINNER: Kami

Kami (formerly Notable PDF) is an all-in-one online office suite developed to improve document workflow and to allow editing, annotating and collaborating on a wide range of documents such as PDFs and Microsoft Office. With the rapid uptake of Chromebooks as schools around the world move to paperless environments, Kami allows users to interact online with documents created in a variety of formats.

Website - www.kamihq.com

Winner's Video Interview - Kami V3

Highly Commended:

  • VMob - Intelligent Personalisation Platform

 

INNOVATION IN MARKETING AND COMMUNICATIONS

Sponsored by Datamine

WINNER: Karma Cola 

All Good Organics built a Fair-trade relationship with Cola Nut farmers in Sierra Leone to develop a fair-trade Cola soft drink product from the Cola Nut - Karma Cola. The Karma Cola Foundation’s integrity and socially responsible business model ensures that proceeds return to Sierra Leone to build independence and sustainability for cola farmers.

Website - www.karmacola.co.nz 

Winner's Video Interview - Karma Cola

 

INNOVATION IN MEDIA, MUSIC AND ENTERTAINMENT

Sponsored by RadioLIVE

WINNER: 8i

8i media technology and software allows anyone to convert standard digital video into 3D quickly and inexpensively. Augmented and Virtual Reality are the future of gaming, films and marketing, but such systems often use a single perspective, while 8i allows greater interaction with highly realistic 3D digital characters on a wide range of devices.

Website - www.8i.com

Winner's Video Interview - 8i

Highly Commended:

  • Holmes Solutions - Revolutionising Adventure Recreation 

  • Clip ‘N’ Climb 

 

INNOVATION IN SUSTAINABILITY AND CLEANTECH

Sponsored by Yealands Family Wines

WINNER: Terax 2013 – Waste Conversion Technology 

Urban bio-waste is difficult and expensive to dispose of due to environmental and contamination issues. Terax’s waste conversion technology treats bio-waste as a recyclable resource. The cost-saving process reduces the wastewater, eliminates organic solids, sterilises them, and recovers useful components such as nitrogen and carbon for recycling.

Website - www.terax.co.nz 

Winner's Video Interview - Terax

 

EMERGING NEW ZEALAND INNOVATOR

Sponsored by Tangible Media

WINNER: Weirdly 

Weirdly has developed a product that helps companies recruit new team members based on how likely they are to love your business. It filters applicants based on core brand values, cultural fit and fulfilment. It is cheaper, and simpler, than traditional recruitment agencies and delivers a team who has a great fit with your organisational culture giving you a competitive advantage when attracting top talent.

Website - www.weirdlyhub.com 

Winner's Video Interview - Weirdly 

 

INNOVATION EXCELLENCE IN RESEARCH

Sponsored by 3M

WINNER: Fonterra Research and Development Centre – Milk Fingerprinting 

The quality of milk can vary from farm to farm due to weather and seasons. Fonterra’s world-first Milk Fingerprinting is new analytical technology that can rapidly measure milk samples and gather a unique fingerprint that can be used to cost-effectively guide tanker scheduling, milk processing decisions, and enable Fonterra to extract the maximum value from dairy farmers’ milk products.

Website - www.fonterra.com 

Winner's Video Interview - Fonterra Research and Development Centre

Highly Commended:

  • Tiro Lifesciences - Zero Radiation Breast Screening 

 

EXCELLENCE IN SOCIAL INNOVATION 

Sponsored by Yellow

WINNER: Eat My Lunch 

Eat My Lunch is a social enterprise that has launched as a response to knowing that 1 in 4 children right here in New Zealand live in poverty and go without lunch every day. Customers go online to buy a nutritious lunch for themselves and a healthy lunch for a needy kid at the same time, on the principle of Buy One, Give One.

Website - www.eatmylunch.nz

Winner's Video Interview - Eat My Lunch 

Highly Commended

  • University of Auckland - SPARX - Auckland

 

EXPORT INNOVATOR OF THE YEAR

Sponsored by New Zealand Trade and Enterprise (NZTE)

WINNER: Methven – AurajetTM Shower Spray Technology 

Domestically, a quarter of water consumption is used in showering. Methven has developed Aurajet™ - a halo-shaped shower head with spray technology that causes jets of water to collide, creating 20% more spray force and twice the amount of water on skin contact of a normal shower, without using any extra water.

Website - www.methven.com/nz

Winner's Video Interview - Methven

Highly Commended:

  • All Good Organics - Karma Cola

 

MOST INSPIRING INDIVIDUAL 

Sponsored by Real TV

WINNER: Glenn Martin – Founder Martin Jetpack 

Glenn Martin is the founder and former Director of Martin Jetpack. Science fiction created the futuristic concept of a jetpack more than 70 years ago, but engineering reality has only recently caught up. After spending 34 years inventing his jetpack, Martin has recently exited the company, which will release the first commercially available jetpack next year. The future has arrived, and the Martin Jetpack is a Kiwi innovation and engineering success.

Website - www.martinjetpack.com 

Winner's Video Interview - Martin Jetpack

 

SUSTAINED INNOVATION EXCELLENCE

Sponsored by New Zealand Innovation Council

WINNER: Scott Technology 

Scott Technology is widely recognised as a world-class innovator of advanced automation systems for meat processing, mining and the superconductor industries. From its original beginnings in 1913 and through many transformations it is now operating in 75 countries with a global team of 362 people. Scott Technology holds innovation at its core and has been committed to growth and innovation for more than 100 years.

Website - www.scott.co.nz

Winner's Video Interview - Scott Technology

 

YOUNG NEW ZEALAND INNOVATOR 

Sponsored by Auckland University of Technology (AUT)

WINNER: Auror Leadership Team – Auror Limited 

Theft costs our businesses $2million per day, however most are low value items and go unreported due to the cost and labour to report and follow up with police. The leadership team at Auror – Phil Thomson (CEO), Tom Batterbury (head of product), James Choi (CTO), and J’aime Laurenson (head of user experience) – have come up with a platform to help businesses report crimes easily and quickly, connecting them with police, and letting them exchange information and alert other businesses in the area.

Website - www.auror.co 

Winner's Video Interview - Auror

Highly Commended:

  • Alistar Scarfe - Robotics Plus

 

THE PEOPLE’S CHOICE AWARD 

Sponsored by Idealog

WINNER: OpthalmicDocs – oDocs Eye Care

Emergency eye care diagnosis can be slow, unresponsive and expensive. oDocs has created a portable eye care kit that uses a 3D printer and a smartphone to create ocular imaging adaptors that take pictures of the eye and retina. The app sends medical information and eye images to the nearest available ophthalmologist, anywhere in the world, for fast diagnosis and treatment recommendations.

Website - www.ophthalmicdocs.com 

Winner's Video Interview - OpthalmicDocs

 


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