Winners 2015


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

See the full details of 2015 finalists here.

BAYER SUPREME NEW ZEALAND INNOVATOR

WINNER: Kode Biotech with Kode Technology Anti Cancer Treatment

Sponsored by Bayer New Zealand
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.

INNOVATION IN AGRIBUSINESS & ENVIRONMENT

WINNER: fibre-gen - HITMAN PH330

Sponsored by Bayer New Zealand
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.

INNOVATION IN DESIGN & ENGINEERING

WINNER: Methven – AurajetTM Shower Spray Technology

Sponsored by James & Wells
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.

INNOVATION IN FINANCIAL & PROFESSIONAL SERVICES

WINNER: Harmoney - Peer to Peer Marketplace

Sponsored by Paymark
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.
Highly Commended: Semble
Highly Commended: ShipIT

INNOVATION IN FOOD & BEVERAGES

WINNER: Genevieve's - Long Shelflife Pate

Sponsored by Auckland Tourism Events and Economic Development (ATEED)
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.
Highly Commended: BBC Technologies - CURO

INNOVATION IN HEALTH & SCIENCE

WINNER: Kode Biotech - Kode Technology Anti-Cancer Treatment

Sponsored by Chorus
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.
Highly Commended: OpthalmicDocs - oDocs Eye Care

INNOVATION IN INFORMATION COMMUNICATIONS TECHNOLOGY & CLOUD SOLUTIONS

WINNER: Kami

Sponsored by Alcatel Lucent
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.
Highly Commended: VMob - Intelligent Personalisation Platform

INNOVATION IN MARKETING AND COMMUNICATIONS

WINNER: Karma Cola

Sponsored by Datamine
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.
Highly Commended: Holmes Solutions - Revolutionaising Adventure Recreation
Highly Commended: Clip n' Climb

INNOVATION IN MEDIA, MUSIC & ENTERTAINMENT

WINNER: 8i

Sponsored by RadioLIVE
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.

INNOVATION IN SUSTAINABILITY & CLEANTECH

WINNER: Terax 2013 - Waste Conversion Technology

Sponsored by Yealands Family Wines
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.

EMERGING NEW ZEALAND INNOVATOR

WINNER: Weirdly

Sponsored by Tangible Media
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.

INNOVATION EXCELLENCE IN RESEARCH

WINNER: Fonterra Research and Development Centre - Milk Fingerprinting

Sponsored by 3M
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.
Highly Commended: Tiro Lifesciences - Zero Radiation Breast Screening

EXCELLENCE IN SOCIAL INNOVATION

WINNER: Eat My Lunch

Sponsored by Yellow
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.
Highly Commended: University of Auckland - SPARX

EXPORT INNOVATOR OF THE YEAR

WINNER: Methven - AurajetTM Shower Spray Technology

Sponsored by New Zealand Trade and Enterprise (NZTE)
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.
Highly Commended: All Good Organics - Karma Cola

MOST INSPIRING INDIVIDUAL

WINNER: Glenn Martin - Founder of Martin Jetpack

Sponsored by Real TV
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.

SUSTAINED INNOVATION EXCELLENCE

WINNER: Scott Technology

Sponsored by NZ Innovation Council
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.

YOUNG NEW ZEALAND INNOVATOR

WINNER: Auror Leadership Team - Auror

Sponsored by Auckland University of Technology (AUT)
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.
Highly Commended: Alistar Scarfe - Robotics Plus

THE PEOPLE'S CHOICE AWARD

WINNER: OpthalmicDocs - oDocs Eye Care

Sponsored by Idealog
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.


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