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