2013 NZ Innovators Awards finalists revealed

2013 NZ Innovators Awards finalists revealed

The world's first cardiovascular exercise bike, an aerial robot, a method of controlling insects with sex, a novel bladder cancer detection test and a cardboard pet casket range are among the finalists of this year's New Zealand Innovators Awards, the annual awards that celebrate the best of Kiwi innovation.

The winners will be revealed in a ceremony in Auckland on 17 October.

This year's winners will join a hall of fame of well known Kiwi innovators. Revolution Fibres was crowned supreme winners at last year's awards for using nanotechnology to create super strong fibres predominantly for air filters for home ventilation systems, high-strength fishing rods and fabric to enhance skin healing. Vaughn Rowsell's Vend won the top prize in 2011 for its development of a cloud-based point-of-sale payment system.

Below is the full list of finalists of the 2013 New Zealand Innovators Awards. Don't forget you can still nominate your favourite innovator, innovation and organisation for the People's Choice Award, part of the Innovators awards. Nominations for the People's Choice Award close this Wednesday.

Innovation in Design and Engineering
Sponsored by James & Wells Intellectual Property Limited

Air New Zealand - Air New Zealand SkyCouch
Auckland Harbour Bridge Pathway Trust - SkyPath
Bodystance Ltd - Backpod™
Dezign Imagineering Ltd - YouBike
Droidworx Ltd NZ - EV-Recon Aerial Robot
StretchSense Limited - StretchSense

Innovation in Environment and Agriculture
Sponsored by Bayer New Zealand

Auckland Harbour Bridge Pathway Trust - SkyPath
FPA NZ - FPA Direct
Gallagher - i Series Fence Energizer system
Hydroxsys Limited - Hydroxsys, reducing the footprint of Heavy Industry
Plant and Food Research - Controlling insects with sex - Pheromones for Sustainable Pest Control
University of Otago - X-imm24

Innovation in Health and Science
Sponsored by Ko Awatea CMDHB

Bodystance Ltd - Backpod™
Footfalls and Heartbeats Ltd (FHL) - Footfalls and Heartbeats
Pacific Edge - Cxbladder; A novel bladder cancer detection test
Texus Fibre Ltd Helix Non - Woven Natural Composite Materials
University of Otago - X-imm24

Innovation in Hospitality, Food and Beverage
Sponsored by Yealands Estate Wines

Florentines Patisserie - Global Patisserie
Fonterra Brands New Zealand Ltd - LIGHT PROOF™ bottle
Fonterra Co-operative Group Ltd - Ingredient for high protein applications
Fonterra Research and Development Centre - Alternate Make Cheese (Mozzarella)
Mobi2Go - Mobi2Go
Tegel Food Limited - HPP SMOKED CHICKEN

Innovation in Information Communications Technology
Sponsored by ng Connect

GreenButton - GreenButton Cloud Fabric
Integrity Analysis Ltd - SwingProfile
Konnect Net Ltd - SureMed
Orcon - Orcon Genius Go
Serato INC LP - Serato Remote
SwipedOn Ltd - SwipedOn
Wiki New Zealand - Wiki New Zealand

Innovation in Marketing and Communications
Sponsored by &Some the Engagement Agency

Bank of New Zealand - YouMoney
Firebrand - GetHomeSafe
Flossie.com Ltd - Flossie.com
Kainic Medical Communications - Kainic Medical Communications International Travel Scholarship
Rest In Pets - Cardboard Pet Casket Range
The Marketing Engine - Pass The Idea

Innovation in Media, Music and Entertainment
Sponsored by Idealog

Bank of New Zealand - YouMoney
Cactuslab - Letterboxd
Drumleaf - STAR86
Mogul Limited - Streama
Trigger Happy - Toon Hero

Innovation in Sustainability and Clean-tech
Sponsored by Ideas Accelerator Limited

Goran Stojadinovic - Transformer Support Brackets
ASB Bank - Rural Environmental Compliance Loan
Biopolymer Network - ZealaFoam
Texus Fibre Limited - Helix Non-Woven Natural Composite Materials
Vector - Vector Home Solar Programme

Most Inspiring Individual
Sponsored by New Zealand Innovation Council

Ayla Hutchinson - Kindling Cracker
Steve Haythorne - Mobotech Ltd, Mobot
Patrick Roskam - Roskam Adroit Limited, Gudgeon Pro 5 in 1
William McKegg - Virtue Entertainment Limited, Theatrebox
Lillian Grace - Wiki New Zealand

Export Innovator of the Year
Sponsored by New Zealand Trade and Enterprise

Fonterra Research and Development Centre - Alternate Make Cheese (Mozzarella)
Gallagher - i Series Fence Energizer system
GreenBUtton - GreenButton Cloud Fabric
SwipedOn Ltd - SwipedOn

Innovation Excellence in Research
Sponsored by Auckland Museum

Biopolymer Network - ZealaFoam
Droidworx Ltd NZ - EV-Recon Aerial Robot
KM Medical Ltd - The Next Step™ in Resuscitation and Transport Ventilation
University of Otago - X-imm24

Emerging New Zealand Innovator
Sponsored by Unitec Institute of Technology

Auckland Harbour Bridge Pathway Trust - SkyPath
Flossie.com Ltd - Flossie.com
Footfalls and Heartbeats Ltd (FHL) - Footfalls and Heartbeats
StretchSense Limited - StretchSense
SwipedOn Ltd – SwipedOn