Sponsored by Bayer New Zealand.

This award is presented by Bayer New Zealand to the best overall entry. The Supreme Award winner is chosen from all categories.

2012 WINNER – Revolution Fibres with the Nanofibre Revolution


Revolution Fibres manufactures nanofibres using electro spinning machines and designs commercial nanofibre products. Nanofibres have many unique properties including high strength and very large surface area. These characteristics open up many commercial opportunities to create a range of solutions in many industries.

Revolution Fibres have created three nanofibre products in diverse applications: air filters for household ventilation systems, high strength fishing rods and fabric to enhance skin healing, with more products in their pipeline.

The judges especially liked that "Revolution Fibres have shown their ability to conceptualise and commercialise new nanofibre product solutions. It is Revolution Fibres success in solving complex technical problems, developing new manufacturing techniques and identify new market opportunities for nanofibre products that gives them the recognition of the Supreme New Zealand Innovator Award".        Idealog magazine article

Previous Winners

Vend (Vaughan Rowsell), Sir Ray Avery (Mondiale Technologies), Ross McKenzie (Old Fashioned Foods), Ian McRae (Orion Health), Dr Stephen Goldson (AgResearch), Rod Walker (Simcro).


Emerging Innovator Award

Sponsored by IBM.

This award is given to an organisation that has made a commitment to developing a new technology, product or service that will transform the way we work and live.

2012 WINNER – PAPERKUT with Paperless Receipts


PAPERKUT founder Drew Broadley wants less dead trees and more efficiency – starting with paperless receipts to help free your wallet. Paperkut is a white-label paperless receipt platform which aggregates receipts by connecting with high street retailers, online stores/services, public transport systems, and point of sale systems.

2012 HIGHLY COMMENDED - University of Otago with Intelligent Polymer Gels


Most Inspiring Individual Award

Sponsored by the New Zealand Innovation Council.

This award is given to an individual that has shown outstanding innovation success in their field of expertise, either through the development of intellectual property or through the launch of a new venture.

2012 WINNER - Professor Alison Stewart with Biopesticides


Professor Alison Stewart has dedicated the past 25 years of research to delivering bio control products to help meet increasing consumer demand for pesticide-free produce. She has identified naturally occurring microbes with multiple attributes that can be exploited for plant health benefits.

Alison's research has seen five commercialized products to date, along with a pipeline of at least another seven. Her work in this industry has placed New Zealand as a global leader in biotechnology and well placed to meet the increasing demand for biological products.


Innovation in Design and Engineeringsyrp

Sponsored by Ideas Accelerator

2012 WINNER - Syrp with Genie

'Genie' is a new product with an easy to use device for motion control and image capture in time lapse photography. Genie is a motion control time lapse device. What that means is that the Genie connects to your camera and with the press of just a few buttons it captures images which are later compiled into a time lapse video.

Genie targets the independent film maker bringing high end motion control at an affordable independent filmmaker's price. With a growing international distribution network and orders from the likes of National Geographic, Discovery Channel and BBC, the future is looking bright for Genie and Syrp.        Idealog magazine article

2012 HIGHLY COMMENDED - 3i Innovation with Inductive Powered Lighting


Innovation in Environment and Agricultureoutpost

Sponsored by Bayer New Zealand

2012 WINNER - Outpost Central with Outpost Wasp

Outpost Wasp is a smart water meter and sensor that connects to the Outpost web platform using the mobile phone network. 80 per cent of revenue is from exports with customers in Australia, Canada, Philippines, Cyprus, Africa and the UK.

Outpost is dealing with scarcity of water, a growing political priority. Watch these guys as they continue on their goal to become the global market leader.        Idealog magazine article

2012 HIGHLY COMMENDED - Compac Sorting Equipment with Compac Small Fruit Sorter


Innovation in Information Communications Technologygibson

Sponsored by TelstraClear

2012 WINNER - The Gibson Group with TouchHistory

Think of a big 40ft container in a city plaza opened up on its side with a massive touch screen the whole length and height. People touching the screen to travel through history or geography exploring thousands of images , facts and stories in real time; even sending e-postcards from this beautiful, endless 3-D landscape of their city.

That is Touch History's showcase wall that lives in Copenhagen, outside, winter and summer. It's a mobile exhibition that invites people to explore the past, present and future of their city. The Copenhagen project is a world first.


Innovation in Manufacturingrevolution_fibres

Sponsored by Industrial Research

2012 WINNER - Revolution Fibres with the Nanofibre Revolution

Nanofibres are tiny fibres with diameters 100 times smaller than the human hair. Revolution Fibres manufactures nanofibres using its electrospinning machines and designs commercial nanofibre products.

The company has designed and commercialized three products

  • their flagship product Activlayer – a dressing used in the skincare and natural health market
  • filters in HRV ventilation products,
  • and fishing rods that are lighter but can catch bigger fish and.

This exciting, high tech venture has built a solid platform for much more innovation. They are truly leading the nanofibre revolution.


Innovation in Marketing and Communicationskiwibank

Sponsored by &some

2012 WINNER - Kiwibank with Online Relationship Managers

Kiwibank is the first bank in the world to offer a relationship manager via online to its entire personal customer base.

It has built a digital service to allow 24-hour issue delegation across mobile, tablet and desktop and integrated its core values into its service offering.

The evaluators said "Kiwibank's programme is an outstanding example of customer driven innovation. A complex innovation project implemented to improve the customer experience, engagement and retention – with a compelling return on investment."


Innovation in Health and Sciencecanterbury

Sponsored by Auckland Tourism, Events and Economic Development

2012 WINNER - Canterbury Scientific with Hemoglobin A1c controls

Canterbury Scientific has developed a 'control', Hemoglobin A1c controls – a product that ensures the reliability and calibration of instruments used in blood test analysis. Their Control is prized by global healthcare giants like Roche and Siemens and as a result is relied upon by thousands of people around the world to help manage their diabetes.

Canterbury Scientific has nurtured a great idea from the 1990s to a solid, quality, fast revenue growing product today – a niche product in a rapidly expanding global market. 


Innovation in Clean-tech and Sustainabilitypowersmart

Sponsored by Alcatel Lucent

2012 WINNER - PowerSmart Solar with Tokelau Renewable Energy Project

PowerSmart Solar, from Mount Maunganui, will enable Tokelau to be the first country to meet 100% of their climate change obligations as well as the first 100% solar powered nation in the world.

The Tokelau project is PowerSmart Solar's largest project to date. It involves 4032 solar panels, 392 inverters and 1344 batteries. The project has given them the leverage for more investment including into a new operation in Central America. 


Innovation in Media, Music and Entertainmentbooktrack

Sponsored by Idealog

2012 WINNER - Booktrack

Booktrack combines books and sound track – hence the name.

This revolutionary product adds synchronized sound effects and music to match emotions of the book. Think of the transition of silent movies to talkies. Booktrack is taking reading to a new future.        Idealog magazine article


Innovation in Hospitality Food and Beverageoritain

Sponsored by Forrest Wines

2012 WINNER - Oritain Global

Oritain is a system that independently and scientifically certifies the origin of food. Much more than traceability, Oritain has pioneered a commercial food origin system. It 'fingerprints' the world's food supply providing certainty of origin and restore people's trust in the food.

Oritain's customers are international companies in milk, apples, beef, coffee, honey, wool fibre, wine and olive oil.


The People's Choice Award

Sponsored by Idealog

2012 WINNER, PERSON - James Riddell, Outpost Central

2012 WINNER, PRODUCT - SmallWorlds, Outsmart

2012 WINNER, COMPANY - Key to Life Charitable Trust, The Nutters Club


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