Winnovation Awards finalists announced | Awards night 18 October 2018

Winnovation Awards finalists announced | Awards night 18 October 2018

Date:          Thursday 18 October 2018
Time:          5:30pm – 9:00pm (registration from 5:30pm)
Location:   National Wine Centre, Corner of Hackney Rd & Botanic Rd, Adelaide, SA
Cost:          Members: $60 / Non-members $80 (Book your ticket here)

The 2018 Winnovation Awards finalists have been announced, and this is your opportunity to join the board of Women In Innovation at the awards ceremony to celebrate South Australia’s most innovative women.

Meet the finalists in each of the categories below, and don’t miss your chance to be part of the awards night at the National Wine Centre on 18 October 2018. Book your ticket now!


  • Jen Frith and Kylie Green, Pelican Productions, created Belonging, a 2-week music theatre camp in the January school holidays for 8–19 year olds addressing the fundamental need of belonging.
  • Anika Johnstone, MOD.IFY, a new museum driven by desire to engage youths/adults aged 15–25 in Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths.
  • Kari Seeley, No Strings Attached Theatre of Disability, building new performance and employment pathways in the Arts by securing local, national and international performance opportunities for South Australian actors who live with disability, through creative funding solutions.

Emerging Innovator 

  • Allison Nikula, Founder of the CareApp, a digital health app that removes silos of communication by giving care recipients, care teams, loved ones and care providers the power to create an amazing care community.
  • Priyanka Nigam, Augment Space, a virtual reality content creation platform.
  • Leia Graf, BAE Systems, using latest gaming technology to enhance training for the Australian Defence Force.


  • Associate Professor Nikki Stanford, Future Industries Institute, University of South Australia, green steel optimisation of direct strip casting for production of economically viable and environmentally friendly novel alloys with favourable physical properties.
  • Professor Yan Zhuge, University of South Australia, recycling tyres into high-value building materials for structural engineering applications.

Innovation in Government 

  • Dr Bernadette Eckermann, SA Water, catalyst and collaborator in exploring the possibilities of tomorrow, today.
  • Dr Tahnya Donaghy, pioneered nation-leading data sharing legislation and established the Office for Data Analytics so information can be shared across government, within a safe and secure framework, to help vulnerable people.

Maths and Data 

  • Dr Tina Du, using data-driven approaches to develop innovative guidelines for understanding and supporting collaborative information-seeking behaviour in the context of international tourism.

Rural, Regional and Remote 

  • Dr Katherine Tuft, Arid Recovery, a living laboratory for testing ecosystem recovery techniques and innovative technologies that seeks to enable endangered species to thrive across the Australian outback.
  • Michele Lally, Australian Micro Abattoirs, delivering ecologically sound, financially viable turnkey solutions that redistribute social and economic value back through the meat supply chain to reduce the gap between producer and consumer.
  • Mary Retallack, Retallack Viticulture, the identification of native insectary plants which can be used to boost populations of predatory arthropods, and provide natural biological control of insect pests in production landscapes for free.


  • Dr Chia-Chi Chien, University of South Australia, micro fluidic 3D tumour-on-a-chip: a platform for recapturing the complexity of tumour micro environments.
  • Dr Katherine Tuft, Arid Recovery, a living laboratory for testing ecosystem recovery techniques and innovative technologies that seeks to enable endangered species to thrive across the Australian outback.
  • Eimy De Barros, Sabrosito, healthy desserts that are the alternative for coeliacs, diabetics and lactose intolerants in one bite.

Social Impact 

  • Kerry Jones, TACSI, a systems change incubator redesigning the way we live as we age through collaborative initiatives that demonstrate new ways to live and provide care as we age.
  • Kiri Hagenus, Children’s University Australasia, an innovative educational program that inspires children and young people and helps raise their aspirations for further and higher education while addressing disadvantage and encouraging and supporting parental engagement.
  • Professor Fiona Arney and Leah Bromfield, Australian Centre for Child Protection, University of South Australia, Target Group to Outcomes: an evidence-based approach to ensuring and maximising the impact of programs and services aimed at preventing and responding to child abuse and neglect.


  • Dr Marnie Winter, Future Industries Institute, University of South Australia, development of a novel non-invasive prenatal screening technology to enable the detection of complex foetal genetic abnormalities with a blood test during pregnancy.
  • Felicity Hamilton, OneVault, specialises in helping healthcare, aged care and NDIS providers streamline their clinical governance systems with online software to save money and get 24/7 accreditation ready.
  • Dr Mary-Louise Rogers, Flinders University, a novel urine test to determine if drugs are working in clinical trials of motor neurone disease treatment.


  • Mandi Dimitriadis, Makers Empire, a complete solution for developing primary school aged students’ design thinking capabilities using 3D design and printing technologies.
  • Dr Renly Lim, University of South Australia – Quality Use of Medicine and Pharmacy Research Centre, Village Drama against Malaria, a unique science-art program to fight the world’s deadliest animal.
  • Jennifer Stokes, University of South Australia, an innovative digital literacy course, delivered through university-enabling programs designed to empower students from under-represented backgrounds with 21st century skill sets for success in a knowledge economy.

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