2015 Innovators Awards finalists announced

A publishing platform where children can read and publish optimistic news stories; a baby calming device designed by three kiwi dads; a zero-radiation breast cancer screening method; a digital estate planning service; a buy-one-give-one lunch service; incontinency underwear; 'gamified' depression therapy...

...you guessed it, it's New Zealand Innovators Awards time again!

The winners will be announced at a ceremony in Auckland on 21 October (buy your tickets here) and in the November/December issue of Idealog.

This year's winners will join a pantheon of previous winners such as Revolution Fibres, Vend, Precision Seafood Harvesting, Rocket Lab, Pacific Edge, and Sir Ray Avery.

The People's Choice Award is brought to you by us, Idealog. All 2015 Innovators Awards finalists are eligible for the first round, open 10-18 September. Vote for your favourite here. The six most popular will go through to the People's Choice finals. Voting for the finals will be open 22-25 September. Vote for your favourite of the top six here.

So, without further adieu, the 2015 New Zealand Innovators Awards finalists are ...

INNOVATION IN AGRIBUSINESS & ENVIRONMENT

Sponsored by Bayer New Zealand                     

  • Farm Medix – Check-Up Mastitis Diagnostic Tool                             
  • FarmIQ System
  • Fibre-gen - HITMAN PH330
  • Hivemind – Remote Hive Monitoring
  • Pastoral Robotics – Nitrate Recovery
  • Plant and Food Research – Response To Psa
  • Scott Technology – Lamb Forequarter Cut Automation System
  • Snap Information Technologies – Global Sustainable Fisheries
  • Supreme Biotechnologies 
  • Terax 2013 - Waste Conversion Technology
  • Ubco – Ubco 2x2

INNOVATION IN DESIGN & ENGINEERING

Sponsored by James and Wells

  • BBC Technologies – CURO
  • Bison Group – Bison Weighing Jacks
  • Fletcher Window and Door Systems - Smartfit®
  • Holmes Solutions – Revolutionising Adventure Recreation
  • Magic Mitten – Gro Hush
  • Methven – AurajetTM Shower Spray Technology 
  • ogo Technology – ogo 
  • Revisia – Industrial 3d Innovation
  • Scion – Woodfibre Dice
  • Tiro Lifesciences – Zero Radiation Breast Screening 
  • Ubco – Ubco 2x2 

INNOVATION IN FINANCIAL & PROFESSIONAL SERVICES

Sponsored by Paymark

  • Banqer 
  • Harmoney – Peer To Peer Marketplace 
  • Kami 
  • Kowhiri 
  • Montoux – Life Insurance Product Development Application 
  • Semble
  • Shipit 
  • Westpac – Westpac One

INNOVATION IN FOOD & BEVERAGE

Sponsored by Auckland Tourism Events and Economic Development (ATEED)

  • Ahi Ka Tonics 
  • BBC Technologies – CURO
  • Eat My Lunch
  • Ecostore – Carbon Capture PakTM 
  • Fonterra Research and Development Centre – Milk Fingerprinting
  • Genevieve’s – Long Shelflife Pates
  • Karma Cola
  • The Pure Food Co – Texture Modified Meals 
  • Veritide – Food Contamination Screening 
  • Wine Grenade                            

INNOVATION IN HEALTH & SCIENCE

Sponsored by Chorus            

  • Aranz Medical – Fastscan Ii 
  • Confitex
  • Healthpoint - NexxtTM - Enabling Best Practice 
  • Kode Biotech – Kode Technology Anti-Cancer Treatment 
  • OpthalmicDocs – oDocs Eye Care 
  • Rhondium – OVC 
  • Tiro Lifesciences – Zero Radiation Breast Screening 
  • University Of Auckland – SPARX                          

INNOVATION IN INFORMATION COMMUNICATIONS TECHNOLOGY & CLOUD SOLUTIONS

Sponsored by Alcatel Lucent

  • 8i 
  • Auror (formerly Eyedentify) – Empowering Partnerships To Prevent Crime
  • FarmIQ System
  • Kami 
  • ProjectManager.com
  • Semble 
  • ShipIT
  • Shuttlerock 
  • Timely
  • VMob – Intelligent Personalisation Platform 
  • Weirdly 
  • YourDrive 

INNOVATION IN MARKETING & COMMUNICATIONS

  • Sponsored by Datamine
  • Colenso BBDO/Volkswagen – Reduce Speed Dial
  • Cookie Time International – Postcard Cookies 
  • Eat My Lunch 
  • Karma Cola 
  • Look After Me – Online Accommodation Market Place
  • Network For Learning – Pond
  • Roholm – Inverse
  • Semble 
  • VMob – Intelligent Personalisation Platform              

INNOVATION IN MEDIA, MUSIC & ENTERTAINMENT

Sponsored by RadioLIVE

  • 8i 
  • Clip ‘n’ Climb
  • Gap Filler Trust – Gap Filler 
  • Holmes Solutions – Revolutionising Adventure Recreation 
  • Kiwa Digital – VoiceQ 2.0 
  • Shuttlerock
  • Stickmen Media – VR Wheelchair Trainer          

INNOVATION IN SUSTAINABILITY & CLEANTECH

Sponsored by Yealands Family Wines

  • Biobrew
  • Ecostore – Carbon Capture PakTM
  • Fibre-gen – HITMAN PH330 
  • Karma Cola
  • Sorbet
  • Sunergise 
  • Terax 2013 – Waste Conversion Technology
  • Ubco – Ubco 2x2
  • Victoria University of Wellington – Renewing Materials: 3d Printing And Distributed Recycling Disrupting
  • Samoa’s Plastic Waste Stream
  • WaterOutlook                             

EMERGING NEW ZEALAND INNOVATOR

Sponsored by Idealog

  • 8i 
  • Auror (formerly Eyedentify) – Empowering Partnerships to Prevent Crime 
  • FarmIQ System 
  • Holmes Solutions – Revolutionising Adventure Recreation 
  • Kami 
  • Kode Biotech – Kode Technology Anti-Cancer Treatment 
  • Weirdly     
  • YourDrive                     

INNOVATION EXCELLENCE IN RESEARCH

Sponsored by 3M

  • Fibre-gen – HITMAN PH330 
  • Fletcher Window and Door Systems - Smartfit® 
  • Fonterra Research and Development Centre – Milk Fingerprinting
  • Genevieve’s – Long Shelflife Pates 
  • ogo Technology – ogo
  • Scott Technology – Lamb Forequarter Cut Automation System
  • Tiro Lifesciences – Zero Radiation Breast Screening                          

EXCELLENCE IN SOCIAL INNOVATION

Sponsored by Yellow

  • Colenso BBDO/Volkswagen – Reduce Speed Dial 
  • Eat My Lunch 
  • Gap Filler Trust – Gap Filler
  • Inspiring Stories – Unleashing The Potential of Young New Zealanders 
  • Nga Rangatahi Toa 
  • OpthalmicDocs – oDocs Eye Care 
  • Rhondium – OVC 
  • University of Auckland – SPARX                           

EXPORT INNOVATOR OF THE YEAR

Sponsored by New Zealand Trade and Enterpise (NZTE)

  • BBC Technologies – CURO 
  • Holmes Solutions – Revolutionising Adventure Recreation 
  • Karma Cola 
  • Kode Biotech – Kode Technology 
  • Methven – AurajetTM Shower Spray Technology
  • OpthalmicDocs – oDocs Eye Care
  • ProjectManager.com
  • Snap Information Technologies – Global Sustainable Fisheries
  • Timely 
  • VMob – Intelligent Personalisation Platform 

MOST INSPIRING INDIVIDUAL

Sponsored by Real TV

  • Glenn Martin – Founder Martin Jetpack
  • Guy Ryan – Inspiring Stories 
  • Sam Bridgewater – The Pure Food Co 
  • Sheng Chiong Hong – OphthalmicDocs
  • Steve Henry – Kode Biotech

SUSTAINED INNOVATION EXCELLENCE

Sponsored by New Zealand Innovation Council

  • Fonterra Research and Development Centre – Milk Fingerprinting 
  • Methven - AurajetTM Shower Spray Technology
  • Scott Technology – Lamb Forequarter Cut Automation System                          

YOUNG NEW ZEALAND INNOVATOR

Sponsored by Auckland University of Technology (AUT)

  • Alistar Scarfe – Robotics Plus 
  • Angus Mcleod – The Reverse Report 
  • Auror Leadership Team – Auror (formerly Eyedentify) 
  • Jon Taylor – Jet Spark 
  • Kate Shaw – Kaika Energy 
  • Lionel Taito-Matamua – Victoria University of Wellington

See you there!