The PRWIRE Press Releases https:// 2017-08-17T02:00:05Z Twenty Percent of Global Commercial Email Fails to Reach the Inbox 2017-08-17T02:00:05Z twenty-percent-of-global-commercial-email-fails-to-reach-the-inbox Sydney, Australia – August 17, 2017 — One in five commercial emails worldwide fails to reach its intended target, according to the 2017 Deliverability Benchmark Report from data solutions provider Return Path. This new research reveals that just 80 percent of email is delivered to the inbox, while the remainder—a full 20 percent—is diverted to spam folders or gets blocked altogether. The report’s findings are relatively consistent with the company’s 2016 and 2015 benchmarks, which reported a 79 percent global inbox placement rate. While this rate has improved slightly in the past year, the significant percentage of filtered messages means that marketers are still missing out on a valuable opportunity to drive meaningful revenue from the email channel. “Email remains the most popular and effective channel available to marketers, so it’s more important than ever to get it right. If your emails aren’t reaching the inbox, you’re missing out on an opportunity to build relationships and generate ROI,” said Return Path President George Bilbrey. “But email filtering continues to evolve, as mailbox providers apply increasingly sophisticated algorithms to deliver only the content their users truly want.” Email marketers in the US saw the lowest inbox placement of any country analysed, with just 77 percent of messages reaching subscribers—up from 73 percent in 2016. Meanwhile Canadian marketers achieved one of the highest inbox placement rates in this study, with an average of 90 percent. Other key findings include: ● Marketers in European countries generally exceeded the global inbox placement rate, with averages of 82 percent (France and Spain) and 84 percent (UK). Of the European countries studied, only Germany fell slightly below the global average with 79 percent inbox placement. ● For the second year in a row, Australian marketers maintained average inbox placement of 90 percent—tied with Canada for the best result in this study. ● Looking at inbox placement by industry, the best results were found in sectors with strong account-based consumer relationships such as banking & finance (94 percent), distribution & manufacturing (92 percent), and travel (90 percent). This annual benchmark report from Return Path examines how email is delivered and how inbox placement is measured, along with global, regional, and industry benchmark results by quarter. The complete 2017 Deliverability Benchmark Report, including inbox placement statistics broken down by country, can be downloaded here. Methodology Return Path conducted this study using a representative sample of more than 2 billion promotional email messages sent to consumers around the world between April 2016 and June 2017. Global and regional statistics are based on performance across more than 140 mailbox providers in North America, South America, Europe, and Asia-Pacific regions. Country and industry statistics are based on a subset of senders whose locations and industry classifications are identifiable. Industry results are based on global consumer data consisting of over 17,000 commercial senders, two million consumer panellists, and over two billion commercial email messages sent to Microsoft, Google, Yahoo, and AOL users in the same time period. Return Path Consumer Network data is captured from monitored email accounts controlled by real subscribers to sample user-initiated engagement based filtering decisions by mailbox providers. Consumer data can uncover behaviour based factors and thresholds that influence inbox placement at large mailbox providers, and can’t be identified by non-interactive seeds. About Return Path Return Path analyses the world’s largest collection of email data to show businesses how to stay connected to their audiences and strengthen their customer engagement. Our data solutions help analysts understand consumer behaviour and market trends. We help mailbox providers around the world deliver great user experiences and build trust in email by ensuring that wanted messages reach the inbox while spam doesn’t. To find out more about Return Path solutions, visit us at returnpath.com or request a demo. Media contacts: Biana Chamlet and Lucy Walker Espresso Communications returnpath@espressocomms.com.au +61 2 8016 2200 Game changing new mobile app revolutionises how Aussies shop 2017-08-02T00:02:07Z game-changing-new-mobile-app-revolutionises-how-aussies-shop Melbourne, 2nd August 2017 – Authenticateit Pty Ltd – the Australian company leading the way in traceability, serialisation and product authentication, has today announced a revolutionary new mobile shopping app called Shping, which transforms ordinary product barcodes into meaningful, real-time rewards for consumers. Rewards, which can be accumulated in the form of ‘Shping points’, have real monetary value and can be redeemed for cash, gift cards, products and even used as charity donations. Using the app, consumers and rewards junkies can earn and amass Shping points by scanning the barcode of any product they wish to purchase – it’s really that simple! While the app also provides consumers with important information about thousands of products, including: where it comes from, what it’s made of, and whether the product has been recalled; in instances where a specific product has not yet been added to the Shping database, consumers can also earn points for uploading information about it. In addition, consumers can also amass points by uploading information about their own experiences of a given product, sharing lifehacks and product reviews – all on one central interface, while earning Shping rewards points as they go. The app essentially acts as an interactive platform for consumers to engage directly with brands, also offering seamless integration with their social media channels. “The Shping app has been designed as the ultimate shopping buddy. Considering 88 per cent[1] of Australians own at least one smartphone, we saw an enormous opportunity to introduce a next generation rewards program, which addresses some of the limitations associated with the traditional, physical reward cards, and offer consumers an even more convenient and seamless way to earn points using their mobile phones. Add to this the fact that more than a third of consumers (35 per cent) are likely to conduct research on a product in-store, Shping also represents a huge untapped opportunity for brands to engage more effectively with consumers,” said Gennady Volchek, CEO at Authenticateit, the company behind the Shping app. The overarching goal for Shping, especially as it gains popularity among consumers and attracts more brands onto the platform, will be to become the world’s largest product catalogue for consumers. Shping has been built as an intuitive two-way communication platform, not only featuring product information from brands themselves, but also allowing consumers to provide their own feedback, delivering true brand engagement.  Something for everyone! Given the amount of product information that will be placed right at the consumers’ fingertips using the Shping app, Australians and New Zealanders will be able to make even more informed purchasing decisions, irrespective of whether they are doing their weekly grocery shop, buying clothes or cosmetics. Essentially, information for any product category that features an industry standard barcode will be available via the Shping app.   While the app has enormous appeal for a range of different audiences including everyday shoppers and rewards junkies looking to earn fast rewards, as well as eco-warriors seeking reassurance that a product has been ethically sourced; it also poses obvious benefits for health enthusiasts. Shping offers users a highly customisable view of the nutritional breakdown of a given product, enabling consumers to calculate daily allowances for specific ingredients. Having also recently announced a strategic partnership with Australia’s largest organic certifying group, Australian Organic (ACO), as well as working closely with AssureQuality, the global experts in food safety & quality, the app makes it possible for consumers to instantly validate organic product certification and food safety.Not just another customer loyalty program ... “While we are extremely excited to announce availability of the Shping app in ANZ, it’s important for people to understand this isn’t simply just another customer loyalty program. The full breadth of the app’s features and functionality demonstrates this. We really wanted an app that challenges the status quo through marrying our background in product authentication and brand protection, with a truly optimised, information rich mobile experience for consumers. We want people to know that it pays to shop smarter!” said Volchek. With the cost of living steadily rising throughout Australia, Authenticateit wanted to design an app where consumers can build points and earn tangible rewards, which are easily redeemed across multiple brands.    “In an ever saturated retail market with an increased proliferation of online retailers and e-commerce sites, competition around pricing has never been more fierce, nor has the amount of choice available to consumers been greater. People are becoming much more savvy when it comes to what they buy, and where, so having the option to make purchases work harder for consumers through an interactive mobile rewards program, was a no-brainer for us,” Volchek explained.More:// In addition to earning rewards, the Shping app also offers additional services for selected products, including [but not limited to]: authenticity checks, product recall notifications, verification of product recall status, warranty activation, receipt storage, social media integration, as well as product rating and feedback.  Other ways in which the SHPING app differs from other customer loyalty programs on the market today includes:   Shping is completely agnostic, it does not have exclusive affiliations with any one brand or retailer, meaning rewards can be earned in any store and on any product unlike other programs, which are often linked to the specific stores or products. 
 Shping rewards points are not linked to above a certain price point. Consumers are also rewarded for staying safe by scanning products to validate their authenticity, explore their product recall status, and for seeking additional information about a given product. 
 Unlike some traditional reward programs, where points are only earned for watching third party adds etc.,  Shping only provides consumers with trusted data, tailored specifically to the products they are interested in. Shping is the ultimate barcode search engine that helps consumers get the information they want, while rewarding them at the same time. The SHPING consumer mobile app is available for download through the Apple App Store and Google Play , as well as all major App stores in China. -ENDS-About Authenticateit Authenticateit - currently trading as Shping - is the global expert in product track and trace and supply chain management. For over 6 years, we have helped the world's leading brands protect their brand capital by creating cutting edge technology designed to deter counterfeits and parallel importing, while also increasing consumer confidence and boosting product sales. To learn more visit www.shping.com  Media contacts:
 Gemma Kavanagh
 Regional Head of Technology, APAC at LEWIS Communications gemma.kavanagh@teamlewis.com / +61 415 601 215     [1] Statistics have been sourced from the 3rd edition of Digital Australia: State of the Nation - July 2017. Local Melbourne business woman nominated for Influencer award. 2017-07-27T02:37:26Z local-melbourne-business-woman-nominated-for-influencer-award The AusMumpreneur Awards presented by The AusMumpreneur Network celebrate and recognize Australian Mums in business achieving outstanding success in areas such as business excellence, product development, customer service and digital innovation. The awards are designed to recognize the growing number of women who successfully balance motherhood and business in a way that suits their life and family. Natalie is a Melbourne based Mum and founder of Miracle Mama, an online resource that empowers and inspires mothers with special needs children. Through coaching, community and heart-centered collaborations, her mission is to create a space for women to reconnect with themselves and what is most important to them. Natalie is a passionate writer, speaker and coach. She also has a background in both the corporate and wellness worlds, with experience in Sales & Marketing as well as being a Yoga and Meditation teacher. There are many benefits to balancing business and motherhood as Natalie explains: "The ability to follow our personal dreams as well as enjoy the precious time of raising our children." Yet the initially she lost the balance of work – life – motherhood, when her youngest daughter Chiara had suffered a stroke. As a result, Chiara was left with a serious brain-injury that would impede her ability to ever walk, talk or live a long life. "All of a sudden my life was catapulted into hospitals, therapies and the unknown. Due to high medical needs of my daughter I could not keep up with my yoga business at the time. Unfortunately, I had to close the business and focus on Chiara and her medical needs. Not to mention coming to terms with such a life changing diagnosis for our daughter and what that meant for her and our family as a whole. A few years on I decided to create an online business, that would be a culmination of my background in corporate, yoga, coaching and writing and deliver to the mums who needed it most, special needs mothers. It can very isolating when you have a medically fragile child, so the power of community and connection for the special needs mums has been incredible. Creating an online business helped to create flexible time and space to combine my work with my most revered role, motherhood. It can be challenging to be a successful business woman whilst raising a family and Natalie gives this advice for others thinking about starting their own enterprise. ”Do your research, take your time but never stop chasing your dreams”. Natalie is in the running to be recognised as one of Australia's most outstanding mums in business, nominated under the "Influencer Award" category. You can help by voting for her via https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/ausmum17 Round 2 voting starts 24th July and ends 13th August. For an interview with Natalie Roberts Mazzeo contact 0413 296 288, http://www.miraclemama.com.au natalie@miraclemama.com.au The winners of the 2017 AusMumpreneur Awards will be announced at a glamorous Awards dinner at Doltone House in Sydney on Friday 25th August. For more information on the AusMumpreneur Awards visit: contact Peace Mitchell on 0431 615 107 or hello@ausmumpreneur.com Breaking News - ASX Listed G Medical Signs Binding MOU for US $67.5M for China Distribution 2017-07-27T01:24:14Z breaking-news-asx-listed-g-medical-signs-binding-mou-for-us-67-5m-for-china-distribution ASX Announcement 27 July 2017 G MEDICAL SIGNS BINDING MOU FOR CHINA DISTRIBUTION VALUED AT US$67.5M •Binding MOU signed with Shandong Boletong Information S&T Co. Ltd. •Agreed terms include call centre cooperation and a minimum purchase order of Smartphone Prizmaunits within the first year. •Medical and ancillary support via Nurse and Physician staffed call centres and ‘Cloud’ services. Mobile health and e-health company G Medical Innovations Holdings Ltd (“G Medical” or the “Company”) is pleased to announce it has executed a Binding Memorandum of Understanding (“Agreement”) between its subsidiary G Medical Innovations Asia Limited and Shandong Boletong Information S&T Co. Ltd. (“Boletong”), for the distribution of G Medical’s products and for call centre and ‘Cloud’ services in the People’s Republic of China. G Medical Smartphone Prizma Purchase Order Pursuant to the terms of the Agreement, Boletong has agreed to purchase a minimum quantity of units within the 1st Year of the G Medical Smartphone Prizma, and to provide associated support services for a minimum period of 60 months. Boletong will pay a pre-determined price for each unit, with the value of the agreement based on the minimum commitments being no less than US$67,500,000. The obligation to acquire the units commences on the granting of the CFDA certification to G Medical, which is currently in process. Support Services 1) Medical Services: Pursuant to the terms of the Agreement, Boletong and G Medical will set up a medical call centreproviding support services from 50-60 Nurses and 3-5 General Practising Physicians. Boletong will be responsible for the recruitment of the Nurses and General Practising Physicians, andthe establishment of the call centre. 2) ‘Cloud’ Subscription and Support Services: Pursuant to the terms of the Agreement, Boletong and/or G Medical will provide; a) Automated Cloud algorithm interpretation services, for biomedical signals 20170727_GMV - Binding MOU for China Distribution Page 2 of 3 b )Level 1 services including, Live and/or automated end-user technical support c) Level 2 services including, hardware (device) support, replacement/repairs Marketing and advertising G Medical agreed to contribute an immaterial portion of the per unit price as marketing and investment for Boletong's promotion of the products and services in China, with such payments to be set-off against payment of the purchase orders by Boletong. Non-competition Boletong and its associations are subject to non-competition restraints for the period of the Agreement, and ending five years after its termination (unless G Medical is found by a Court to have breached the Agreement). These non-competition restraints extend to competing with the products or services of G Medical. G Medical CEO Dr. Yacov Geva, commented: “I am extremely pleased to announce yet another significant relationship for G Medical within the ever-growing and lucrative Chinese territory. To have further increased our purchase commitment for our G Medical Smartphone Prizma devices, over and above our existing agreements, is an exceptional outcome with a key partner in Boletong. This adds further to our robust, multi-year revenue stream for the Company, particularly within the first year of a CFDA approval being granted”. “I have met with the executives of Boletong, and whilst in China have visited their facilities and operations. Boletong operates in 16+ provinces and works with the National Public Health care system and acts as a distributor of medical services for the government. Boletong is currently working with several large healthcare organisations such as Wanda, a medical company which is positioned in the top three in their area, and along with telecom carriers such as China Telecom. Boletong is also supported through investment from a large and reputable group in Beijing. Our team, has invested more than 3 months in bringing this MOU to fruition, during which time we were able to satisfy ourselves as to Boletong's strong financial position, their key government partnerships in place, and the ability to deliver all aspects under our agreement.” “This relationship is a significant strategic partnership, allowing the roll out the Company’s medical and ancillary support services within the Chinese territory, for both our professional call centre and Cloud based systems”. Ends Corporate Advisors Otsana Capital 108 Outram Street West Perth WA 6005 Telephone: +61 8 9486 7244 www.otsana.com About Shandong Boletong Information S&T Co., Ltd Shandong Boletong Information S&T Co., Ltd. (Boletong) is a hi-tech medical and healthcare company invested by Beijing Honghui Group which has businesses in medicine, investment, drug store automation system and new energy areas, based in China. Boletong focuses on the production and sales of medical devices, membership healthcare management systems and R&D and applications for the National Basic Public Healthcare Project Solution. Boletong is currently one of the top 16 service providers for the national public healthcare system. Boletong is located in Jinan Hi-tech Technology Development Area, Shandong province. Boletong’s website is www.sdboletong.com About G Medical Innovations G Medical (ASX:GMV) was founded in August 2014, aiming to be at the forefront of the digital health revolution, developing the next generation of mobile health (mHealth) technologies. The Company brings forth the experience and expertise of its Board to deliver best-in-class solutions to address this global opportunity. The Company specialises in innovative next generation mobile and e-health solutions and services using its suite of devices and software solutions with a view to driving multiple and recurring revenue streams, across numerous verticals and territories. For more information on G Medical, please visit www.gmedinnovations.com ThoughtWorks Releases First-Ever Report on Courageous Leadership Among Successful C-Suite Executives 2017-07-26T00:34:26Z thoughtworks-releases-first-ever-report-on-courageous-leadership-among-successful-c-suite-executives p.p1 {margin: 0.0px 0.0px 0.0px 0.0px; font: 12.0px Arial} li.li1 {margin: 0.0px 0.0px 0.0px 0.0px; font: 12.0px Arial} span.s1 {font-kerning: none} span.s2 {text-decoration: underline ; font-kerning: none; color: #0563c1} span.s3 {text-decoration: underline ; font-kerning: none} ul.ul1 {list-style-type: disc} ThoughtWorks, a global software consultancy released a first of its kind report, “The Next Big Disruption: Courageous Executives”, revealing what sets top business leaders apart from their competition. The report profiles an elite segment of C-Suite leaders referred to as “Courageous Executives” in the US, the UK, Australia and India and the findings underscore the critical role technology plays in business strategy, from navigating the chaos of digital transformation to how they’re setting their business up for future success. The report also sheds light on the leadership styles of Courageous Executives including their tolerance for risk and failure, their use of customer insights and the ways leaders in all four countries are preparing for the future of work. This report, developed by ThoughtWorks in partnership with research agency Northstar, features insight from Fortune 500 C-Suite executives who are: advocates for digital transformation; have an active role in directing how technology enables their business; have seen their company’s revenue or profit increase significantly due to a recent technology change; and 85 percent of which self-identified as risk takers. “As companies across all industries embrace the changes of our increasingly digital world, we’re seeing leaders at the helm of these companies dive deeper into how technology is implemented and how it works,” said ThoughtWorks President and CEO, Guo Xiao. “I began my time in the industry as a developer, giving me the tools I needed to approach business with a technology first perspective. Executives across the globe are learning that a strong grasp of technology matters and they’re finding ways to adapt. Our findings show that 54 percent of Courageous Executives have developed a deep understanding of technology with a remarkable 57 percent of these leaders reporting having written code,” noted Xiao. "A tenacious commitment to embrace technology is what today sets apart truly Courageous Executives." According to Ange Ferguson, Group Managing Director for ThoughtWorks Asia Pacific, “In this new age of digital disruption, technology is being catapulted closer to the business core and that’s challenging the traditional C-suite. They need to think and behave differently when it comes to the role of technology in their strategy, and to question how they are engaging technology to produce better outcomes for the business. “While capability was once a barrier to what’s possible, now the constraint lies in the willingness of decision makers to be courageous with foundational technologies,” she said. REA, which operates Australia’s leading residential, commercial and share property websites, as well as a number of property portals in Asia and interests in the US and India, credits its impressive growth and success to a culture based on consistent innovation and invention. “The REA business is built around customer delivery, which demands that we work to the same agile rhythm across all levels of the organisation. Visualised work, team stand-ups and collaboration enable the innovation and invention that has become part of our DNA,” said Nigel Dalton, Chief Inventor, REA. “Our competition is global and the landscape is set to change as AirBnB, Facebook, Google, eBay, and WeChat become major players in property over the next few years. We’re embracing the opportunities this creates by focusing our culture of innovation and invention on the technologies that will change how people find property - robotics, virtual reality, augmented reality and data science. “That, along with our diverse backgrounds, creative thinking and scalability, will see us continue to deliver new products and services to market faster than anyone else, and ensure we are the world’s best.” According to the report, notable themes uniting Courageous Executives include: Proactive Approach to Technology Changes According to the report, to keep pace and anticipate future technology shifts, Courageous Executives conduct research, analyze their competitors, troubleshoot tech challenges and hire subject matter experts. A majority of Courageous Executives (65 percent) say that digitizing and adapting to new technology is a top business priority followed by growth. Research – 63 percent of leaders do their own research to stay ahead of technology changes. Top trends they’re exploring include security threats; human and machine interaction; new hardware, software and operational platforms; machine learning and artificial intelligence; virtual reality and augmented reality. Competitor Analysis – In all four countries, big tech decisions are most often fueled by competition. Asked to identify the largest driver motivating change, 47 percent pointed to their competitors. Tolerance for Risk and Willingness to Fail Understanding risks and its impact on ongoing business success is an important characteristic of a Courageous Executive along with the ability to rebound after a perceived failure. Appetite for Risk - In fact, 87 percent of all executives agree that taking risks is necessary to achieve goals and maintain a strong competitive advantage with 62 percent pointing to their willingness to take risks their competitors won’t as a key differentiator. Failing Well - Courageous Executives reported their most common reaction to these setbacks was to focus on what went right with the second being to stay as positive as possible. When asked how failure affected their employees, 54 percent globally said that they believed failure made them even more motivated to succeed. Use of Customer Insights Throughout the world, courageous leaders recognize the necessity of maintaining a close connection to their customers. 91 percent report that customer input directly informs their strategic decision-making. While there is some agreement as to the best methods for gathering that customer input, there’s still a lack of consensus among executives when it comes to what data they’re collecting and who is assessing the insights. Data Source - Overall, the most common source of insight is customer research, followed by social feeds which are monitored by 68 percent of Australian, 60 percent of UK and Indian and only 38 percent of US leaders. Other ways executives gather information includes using analytics from a content management system or implementing a designated customer insights task force. Customer Engagement - Gathering data from multiple sources is universally valued, but 87 percent of executives report having an internal team dedicated to their customers. Additionally, 58 percent of US and 48 percent of Australian executives say they speak to their customers themselves, which is far more than 32 percent in India and 22 percent in the UK. The Future of Work Across continents, nearly half of all courageous leaders describe their company culture as “team-first,” meaning they hire primarily for cultural fit, with skills and experience the second consideration. A third define their company as having an “elite” culture, described as hiring only the best to change the world by untested means. Subject Matter Experts - An overwhelming majority of Courageous Executives (90 percent) emphasized the importance of key hires, stating that discovering subject matter experts and new talents helps their context and credibility and is crucial to success. Tech’s Impact - 70 percent believe that replacing white-collar workers with technology is a natural progression and to be expected. To prepare for the potential impact of technology on the workforce, 87 percent of leaders admit to researching new technologies that may help them save on staff costs. 83 percent also agree that they’re preparing for the impact of technology replacing their workers by limiting new hires to reduce ongoing overhead. To download the report visit www.thoughtworks.com/courage Methodology Developed by ThoughtWorks’, this report is based on data collected by Northstar Research Partners from C-Suite executives from Fortune 500 companies with 100 employees or more, 87 percent of whom have occupied their office for at least three years and 79 percent reporting more than $100 million in revenue. The executives are primarily Presidents or Chief Executive Officers, the data also includes insights from the full C-suite including CIOs, CMOs, COOs, CTOs from a variety of industries from finance and retail to healthcare and manufacturing and more. About ThoughtWorks We are a software company and community of passionate purpose-led individuals. We think disruptively to deliver technology to address our clients' toughest challenges all while seeking to revolutionize the IT industry and create positive social change. Australian beef producer, Jack's Creek win World's Best Fillet Steak Award at World Steak Challenge! 2017-07-05T01:41:20Z australian-beef-producer-jack-s-creek-win-world-s-best-fillet-steak-award-at-world-steak-challenge Jack’s Creek win World’s Best Fillet Steak Award at World Steak Challenge 2017! Family-run Australian beef producer, Jack’s Creek has won the World's Best Fillet Steak producer accolade at the World Steak Challenge in London last night; the third time in a row that the producer has been the recipient of a top award at the competition. The competition was bigger and tougher than ever with 17 countries and over 100 entries from the world’s top beef producers. The Jack's Creek winning steak came from a Wagyu F2+ 450-day grain fed Fillet. Jack’s Creek also won a Gold medal for its Wagyu F2+ 450-day grain fed Striploin and a Silver Medal for its Wagyu F2+ 450-day grain fed Rib Eye. Patrick Warmoll, managing director of Jack's Creek commented, “I am delighted with the outcome this year. We spent a considerable amount of time selecting our entries alongside our German distributor, Albers Food, who this year came to our farm in Tamworth, Australia to assist in the selection process for our Wagyu entries. With added categories, their input was very valuable!” “A third consecutive set of Gold and Silver medals, as well as the World’s Best Fillet Steak award confirms that we are producing a consistent, high quality product and I am very proud of the business we have created. As I always say, this is as much a win for Australia as it is for us.” Chair of judges Marco Peerdeman said, “We focused on how the steaks taste, taking into account their tenderness. Those that got it right jumped out at you. The steaks were definitely high this year! It’s interesting for us with the different categories as different cuts have different qualities so we had to take that into account.” Rod Addy, editor of GlobalMeatNews, said: “The sheer range and quality of entries this year is a testament to the hard work put in by producers across the globe. This year’s Challenge has attracted a record number of entries, reflecting the pride producers take in their products and the eagerness to win an accolade, which will propel their business and their brand.” Jack’s Creek’s award-winning beef can be found in many of Australia’s top restaurants including, ARIA, BLACK Bar & Grill, Catalina, LuMi Bar and Dining and many more. ARIA restaurant Head Chef Ben Turner commented that, “Jack’s Creek beef is always a consistent and tasty product” and BLACK Bar & Grill Executive Chef, Dany Karam said, “When I heard the prized sirloin from Jack’s Creek was named the World’s Best Steak, I knew I had to have it. We smoke it over our signature cherry wood ash before cooking it on the iron bark grill and serving it medium to bring out the tender flavour and succulent texture. Our customers absolutely love it.” www.jackscreek.com.au For more information on Jack’s Creek, interviews with Patrick Warmoll and images, please contact Annabel Carroll at Polkadot PR 02 9281 4190 / annabel@polkadotpr.com.au About Jack’s Creek Jack’s Creek is still regarded as a relative newcomer in the world of specialist beef after launching in 2000. However, in 1947 the Warmoll Family began farming in Breeza and the company’s links to fine food dates back to 1852, when the Warmoll Family emigrated from Ireland before opening butcher’s shops in the Victorian and NSW gold fields. The company is family run by co-founders and brothers, Philip and David Warmoll and sons Patrick Warmoll, MD and Robert Warmoll. Jack’s Creek is at the forefront of Australian premium beef production – processing and marketing grain fed Wagyu and Black Angus, which it ships to more than 20 destinations around the world including Japan, Saudi Arabia, China and the Germany. Australian adult store seeks to dispel industry stereotypes 2017-07-03T21:33:14Z australian-adult-store-seeks-to-dispel-industry-stereotypes Australians love adult toys according to online adult toy and lingerie retailer Adulttoymegastore, but the retailer says the Australian way of keeping all to do with sex and sex toys locked behind bedroom doors means many Aussies are missing out on enhancing their sex lives.  Adulttoymegastore, also known as ATMS, celebrated its one year anniversary operating in Australia this month, and says while Australians are keen on sex toys as shown through their buying behaviour, there is still a social stigma around the industry in Australia which is preventing some Aussies from trying adult toys. Adulttoymegastore content executive, Janelle Cheesman, says the retailer is working to dispel negative stereotypes around adult toys by normalising the use of sex toys in Australian bedrooms.   “Although it’s the 21st century, there’s still a social stigma around sex toys, which is really unfortunate because sex and masturbation are such natural parts of life, and sex toys are designed specifically to make good sex, great!” Janelle explains. “Sure, some adult shops can be seedy places, but that’s why buying sex toys online has become so popular. Online, people don’t feel judged for what products they buy – it’s private, discreet and stress-free.” Australians shouldn’t feel embarrassed about purchasing sex toys or wanting to try new things in the bedroom, and Janelle says those who are too shy to try adult toys are “holding themselves back” when it comes to sexual experimentation. “At Adulttoymegstore, we think of sex toys as tools of the trade for making good sex even better, and often the benefits of using sex toys are hugely underestimated!   “Sex toys can help alleviate the symptoms of impotence and erectile dysfunction, they can help women develop their pelvic floor muscles and they can contribute to a healthy and thriving sex life. “For singles, sex toys can help to fill a void. For couples, studies show that sex toys have the power to spice things up in the bedroom and even strengthen a relationship.” According to the inaugural Durex Sexsus Report by Lonergan Research, an online study conducted in June 2015 that surveyed more than 1000 Australian men and women aged 18 to 39, adult toys can strengthen intimacy between couples. “The report said three in five Australians who owned a sex toy felt more intimate with their partner while using it, which demonstrates the power toys can have in a relationship,” says Janelle. She says the study results stated that more than half (56%) of Aussies surveyed wish they owned an adult toy but are too afraid to try one. “While sex toys are increasingly being recognised as tools for creating more fun and passion in the bedroom, we still have a long way to go before Aussies can feel completely comfortable with purchasing them and introducing them to their sex lives.” Adulttoymegastore is working towards normalising the use of sex toys in Australian bedrooms. “We don’t want it to be considered taboo to own a vibrator or a Fleshlight – because the fact is that a huge amount of Aussies own them!” The most popular adult products in Australia, according to Adulttoymegastore, are rabbit vibrators, Fleshlights and lubricant. Janelle says Adulttoymegastore is working to dispel negative stereotypes about sex toys through education.    “As well as selling adult toys, Adulttoymegastore also focuses on sharing knowledge,” says Janelle. “In many cases, social stigma is a result of a lack of understanding. That’s why our website also focuses on providing in-depth knowledge about adult toys and how they can be used. Not only does this help our customers to make informed decisions about products, it also introduces them to products they have never thought of trying before.”  She says word of mouth and pop culture also contributes to the normalisation of adult toys. “The popularity of the Fifty Shades of Grey series led to a greater number of people purchasing bondage-related items in Australia,” Janelle explains. “This shows the power pop culture has when it comes to changing people’s perspectives. Another example is how Sex and the City helped to normalise the use of vibrators and dildos.” Adulttoymegastore is encouraging Australians to explore the use of adult toys in the bedroom. “Australians shouldn’t feel embarrassed about buying sex toys, and online shopping means purchasing adult toys is more discreet than ever. Lots of people use sex toys, so it’s about time we stopped with the stigma!” Adulttoymegastore offers a wide range of adult toys, suited to beginners to advanced users, with a range of prices to suit people’s individual budgets. To find out more, visit www.adulttoymegastore.com.au. Ends. AIIA responds to Government amendments to 457 visas 2017-07-03T05:21:58Z aiia-responds-to-government-amendments-to-457-visas Canberra, Australia – 3 July 2017 -- The Australian Information Industry Association (AIIA), the nation’s peak member body for the ICT industry, has issued the following statement in relation to the Government’s decision to revise the list of eligible skilled occupations on the 457 visas that bring temporary foreign workers into the country: ‘The revisions to the occupations list address the critical skills shortages that exist in cyber security, cloud and data, analytics, and other ICT related areas,” said Rob Fitzpatrick, Chief Executive Officer of the AIIA. “AIIA welcomes the move of CIOs and CEOs into the four-year visa class. Combined with the option to apply for onshore renewal and permanent residency after three years, this alleviates some of the nervousness candidates for senior roles have with short-term roles and makes Australian-based positions more attractive. “The extension of a range of specific ICT specialist positions including ICT business analysts, systems analysts, developer/programmers, software engineers, software and application programmers, computer network and systems engineers, telecommunications engineers, telco network engineers, telco field engineers, and technologists into the four-year visa class is similarly welcomed. “After extensive consultation with industry, the Government has acknowledged that Australian businesses need access to global talent to remain internationally competitive. “ICT is Australia’s fastest growing sector – growing at a rate of 2 per cent compared to 1.4 per cent per annum growth for the workforce as a whole – so it’s important to have policies in place that support the industry and a strong national science and innovation agenda.” # # # About AIIA The Australian Information Industry Association (AIIA) is Australia’s peak representative body and advocacy group for those in the digital ecosystem. Since 1978 AIIA has pursued activities to stimulate and grow the digital ecosystem, to create a favorable business environment for members and to contribute to Australia’s economic prosperity. We do this by delivering outstanding member value by providing a strong voice of influence; building a sense of community through events and education; enabling a network for collaboration and inspiration; and developing compelling content and relevant and interesting information. Media Contacts For more information please contact: Jeffrey Coote Tel: (02) 8355 3130 jeffrey@filteredmedia.com.au Joanna Stevens Kramer Tel: 0408 466 410 joanna@filteredmedia.com.au Retirement and aged care providers – how to choose wisely 2017-06-28T02:20:31Z retirement-and-aged-care-providers-how-to-choose-wisely “Choosing to move into a retirement village or aged accommodation with greater support can be challenging,” Mr Roseby says. “Not only is it usually a time of significant emotional change, the financial complexity can be overwhelming.” Mr Roseby, who founded dailycare.com.au to help Australian’s explore and assess aged care options, says making the wrong decision can have long term financial and emotional impacts. “We need to think of planning for your later years like planning for education,” Mr Roseby says. “You wouldn’t just turn up to the closest school when your child turns five – you research the options and make informed choices where you can.” He says it’s important to start early, before a living situation turns critical. “Decisions are often made hastily when a crisis emerges,” Mr Roseby says. “But the more time you have to work through the options, the better chance you have of making the right choice. Advance planning with a clear head, and ensuring you have the paperwork checked by the appropriate professionals, are the best safeguards.” He says there is a great variety in the market between providers and fees can differ dramatically. “The cost of purchasing a retirement unit, may impact the affordability of future home care services and residential aged care should you need it. Costs can vary significantly, and may be influenced by location, facilities, quality and other fees,” Mr Roseby says. “Once you’ve moved in, ongoing costs also range significantly, and have the potential to dwindle your life savings away.” He said understanding the complex fees you may face through the journey of retirement and potentially home care into residential care is critical to financial security. “Refundable accommodation deposits (RAD), exit fees, and ongoing fees and charges, are particularly complex. Fees may also increase over time. “You may be required to pay up-front, or soon after you move in, or they may be spread over a number of years. There are numerous options available for those who do their research,” he says. Information is key, with sites such as dailycare.com.au helping to explain and assess options. Mr Roseby offered these tips for avoiding some of the pitfalls of retirement living and aged care: ·       Look around and inspect a number of facilities, take your family or friends along and ask lots of questions. ·       Make sure you understand and can afford the long-term financial impacts of fees and charges. ·       Consider all your options, not only for your needs today, but the level of support you are likely to need in the coming years. ·       If you don’t understand the contract, don’t sign it and find a trusted adviser to guide you. ·       Make sure you get any promises or other commitments in writing. ·       Seek out information from trusted sources such as Dailycare.com.au or engage professional help such as an independent financial adviser or aged care placement consultant.   Unique Hi-Fi and AV Show for lovers of hip-hop to classical and everything in between 2017-06-22T06:06:04Z unique-hi-fi-and-av-show-for-lovers-of-hip-hop-to-classical-and-everything-in-between Music and AV aficionados from Sydney and surrounds are in for a unique treat with the upcoming Australian Hi-Fi & AV Show from 28-30 July. Just for their pleasure, dozens of hotel rooms at the InterContinental at Circular Quay will be stripped bare so they emulate a family lounge room or home theatre setting. Nowhere else in Australia can music and AV lovers appreciate 150 major brands from the world's finest audio products in one place in such an appealing five-star location. BYO music is encouraged: from hip-hop to classical. It's the best way to relax, hear and compare preferred music choices in as natural a home environment as possible. Visitors to the show can get hands-on experience on all types of gear including speakers, electronics, turntables, headphones, music streamers and computer systems. Roy Bird, CEO of the Chester Group, the Show's organiser, said the top three things that music and AV lovers want to know at the moment is: how to stream quality audio and video; the real difference between analogue and digital sound; and how beneficial or not hi-fi cables are. "We know that visitors to the show care about the quality of sound reproduction and they want the best they can afford. That's why it's important for exhibitors to have the best acoustics possible in each room," he said. Highlights for visitors to the 2017 Show in July will be: * Fiona Joy, Australian pianist, singer and composer will be performing concerts on each day in the Fort Macquarie Room. * Arguably the best home theatre system in the world combining a Barco Residential ultra-high definition projector for a Cinema-at-Home experience. * StormAudio's immersive audio processors and amplifiers in the latest format Auro-3D, Dolby Atmos and DTS:X with Atlantic Technology loudspeakers. * Mark Döhmann presenting his ever-popular Vinyl Masterclasses, which are always a full house. * All the top brands will be represented. Prizes available to win include: 10 portable Bluetooth speaker units; a $4000 amplifier; a portable audio player worth $1500.00; a $600 headphone; and many more generous prizes. All exhibitors ensure experts are on hand to address any questions and numerous seminar sessions help visitors learn: for example, how-to set up a sound system, stream music around the home, turn a computer into a high-end audio source, and how to control everything from a smartphone and tablet. For more information visit https://www.chestergroup.org/australianhifiavshow/2017https://www.facebook.com/australianhifiavshow/ A full press release and photos can be downloaded from here:https://wmcpr.com.au/unique-hi-fi-av-show-lovers-hip-hop-classical-everything/ An industry expert is available for interview. Please contact Wendy McWilliams to arrange a suitable time. Nominate a deserving AusMumpreneur and show your support for Australian mums in business 2017-06-22T02:00:12Z nominate-a-deserving-ausmumpreneur-and-show-your-support-for-australian-mums-in-business The AusMumpreneur Conference and AusMumpreneur Awards are all about supporting Australian mums in business. This event provides a unique opportunity for women from all over Australia to come together to gain new skills, promote their business, connect with fellow mums in business, learn from leading business experts and celebrate the success of the best and brightest in the industry. Proudly presented by AusMumpreneur and The Women’s Business School, the AusMumpreneur Awards recognise the best and brightest in the Australian mumpreneur industry. The categories that will be judged are: AusMumpreneur of the Year Rising Star AusMumpreneur of the Year Emerging AusMumpreneur of the Year Regional Business Award Product Innovation Award Digital Innovation Award Sustainability Award Business Excellence Award AusMumpreneur Network Excellence Award Women’s Business School Excellence Award Global Brand Award Big Idea Award Making A Difference Award Retail Business Award Service Business Award Handmade Business Award The People's Choice Awards: Influencer Award Customer Service Award Making a Difference Award (Business) Making a Difference Award (Non-profit) Business owners or those who wish to nominate a mumpreneur, can go to: https://www.ausmumpreneur.com/ausmumpreneur-awards/ Nominations close on Friday the 30th of June 2017. Media Contact: Candice Meisels candice@candicepr.com 0481 369 484 The Optical Co announces the launch of innovative new optical retail brand: Level 28 2017-06-20T04:39:59Z the-optical-co-announces-the-launch-of-innovative-new-optical-retail-brand-level-28 Press Release For Immediate Release Sydney, Australia, 20th June 2017, The Optical Co is proud to announce the launch of an innovative new optical retail brand, Level 28. The rollout is expected to begin in the last quarter of 2017. Level 28 is a bespoke dedicated retail brand where every aspect of the frame and sunglass design process will be exclusively designed for the novel Level 28 brand. The brand will be supported by an online presence to ensure a truly Omni channel shopping experience. In addition eye examinations using state of the art equipment will be offered at the stores. Level 28 is a sophisticated brand which will appeal to all areas of the optical landscape. The Level 28 product ranges have been designed to hold innovative and modern designer appeal, whilst still remaining cost effective. It will be targeted at the growing millennial customer base; however will have a large enough range to appeal to a wide range of demographics. Colin Kangisser, CEO and shareholder of The Optical Co proudly states: “The Optical Company has and will continue to develop as a leading optical provider in Australia, with its unique vertically integrated retail brand strategy including comprehensive optometry services. In order to complement our existing brand portfolio and to reach out to a diversified customer base including the growing millennial market, we recognize Level 28 as another part of our business. Level 28 is the one and only concept store which we believe appeals to a wide demographic by offering a wide range of eyewear. Level 28 has been developed from our studies of optical trends both internationally and locally and we are confident that with our experience in the optical industry, in both private and listed businesses, we will make Level 28 a great success in Australia as with our other brands.” Level 28 is a studio, gallery environment, where stunning high quality eyewear will be on show from fashion forward collection to everyday sleek styles designed exclusively for Level 28 by international designers. The materials and finishes palette has been crafted to form the perfect staging area for Level 28 products and services and gives Level 28 a whole new shopping experience. The exceptional contemporary environment, coupled together with crisp brand collateral and exquisite lighting will bring the Level 28 brand and retail space to life. Media Contact: Colin Kangisser | Chief Executive Officer Suite 202 418A Elizabeth St, Surry Hills NSW Australia 2010 T +61 2 9212 4871 | F +61 2 9212 3545 | M +61411759995 www.theopticalcompany.com.au About The Optical Co: Founded in 2006, The Optical Co ‘TOC’ is a leading independent optical group in Australia. TOC management has a successful history in building optical businesses to the benefit of all stakeholders. TOC has a vertically integrated retail network of optical stores, including wholesale distribution, eye safety divisions and multiple e-commerce sites. Across the store network, TOC operates a number of different brands, which function independently of each other in their own respective markets. Across all brands, TOC offers premium quality eyewear and eyecare through the provision of international brands and the latest in optometry equipment. TOC’s retail brands include nib Eye Care Centre, Prevue Eyewear, The Optical Co, Stacey & Stacey Optometrists and Kevin Paisley Fashion Eyewear. This gives TOC a strong local brand presence with ability to utilise significantly sized internal and third party databases. TOC harnesses the advantages of being a larger group, whilst encouraging the independent character of each respective business culture and staff. The management team consists of a group with a wealth of optical and retail experience. These experiences extend to the management, administrative, marketing, supply chain and legal aspects of running and growing an optical business in Australia. www.theopticalcompany.com.au AIIA Tasmania iAwards winners showcase Australian innovation 2017-06-18T23:42:36Z aiia-tasmania-iawards-winners-showcase-australian-innovation Hobart, Australia – 19 June 2017 -- The Australian Information Industry Association (AIIA), the nation’s peak industry body for the technology sector, has announced the iAwards winners in Tasmania for 2017. AIIA’s iAwards is Australia’s leading awards program for innovation in the digital economy. Entrants competed in five core award categories comprising Business Services, Community Services, Consumer Markets, Industrial & Primary Services, and Public Sector & Government. Entrants have also been successfully recognised for additional contributions – as startup of the year, research & development project of the year, and as outstanding infrastructure and platform innovations. Winners and merit recipients across all categories will go on to represent Tasmania and compete at the National iAwards in Melbourne. National winners will be announced on 30 August 2017 at the prestigious AIIA Gala Dinner and Awards Ceremony, being attended by startups, innovators, investors, business and community leaders and federal and state politicians. Senator the Hon. Arthur Sinodinos, Federal Minister for Industry, Innovation and Science, and the Hon. Philip Dalidakis MLC, Victorian Minister for Small Business, Innovation and Trade, will make presentations on the evening. Winners and merit recipients of the 2017 Tasmanian iAwards are: Business Services: PopUp WiFi – PopUp WiFi (Winner) Community Services: Ionata Digital and Beacon Foundation – eBeacon (Winner) Consumer: BitByteBit - NoozeFeed, powered by LeakyFeed (Winner) Industrial & Primary Services: The Yield Technology Solutions - Agricultural Decision Support System (Winner) Sense-T, University of Tasmania - Sense-T Program (Merit) Public Sector & Government: University of Tasmania - eResearch Ecosystem (Winner) Student: University of Tasmania – Digitran [Undergraduate Tertiary Student] (Winner) Cross Categories: The Yield Technology Solutions – Agricultural Decision Support System [Big Data/Machine learning Innovation of the Year] (Winner) PopUp WiFi - PopUp WiFi [Infrastructure & Platform Innovations of the Year] (Winner) University of Tasmania - eResearch Ecosystem [Infrastructure & Platform Innovations of the Year] (Merit) BitByteBit – NoozeFeed, powered by LeakyFeed [Mobility Innovation of the Year] (Winner) University of Tasmania, CSIRO Data61 – Sense-T Data Platform [Research & Development Project of the Year] (Winner) PopUp WiFi - PopUp WiFi [Startup of the Year] (Winner) The Yield Technology Solutions – The Yield Technology Solutions [Startup of the Year] (Merit) “Whether they’re innovations coming from students, government or large corporations, we continue to see a high calibre of entrants for AIIA’s iAwards,” said Rob Fitzpatrick, CEO, AIIA. “Regardless of origin, size, scale, industry or social focus, all innovations are potential winners, and that’s what makes the awards so compelling.” Now in its 23rd year, AIIA’s iAwards program is a critical platform demonstrating the impact that its members and the broader technology sector are driving to improve Australia’s social and economic prosperity. In the age of the ‘ideas boom’, the impact of the technology sector that AIIA represents is more crucial to Australia’s future than ever before. The 2017 iAwards are proudly supported by Major National iAwards Partner Victorian Government, National Program Sponsors Informed Solutions, NDIA, AuDA, National Student and State Student Sponsor, WiseTech Global and National Category Sponsor KPMG. -ENDS- About the AIIA’s iAwards AIIA’s iAwards honours both companies at the cutting edge of technology innovation as well as leading professionals across the Digital Economy. Most importantly, the iAwards recognises the achievements of home-grown Australian innovators. http://www.iawards.com.au/ Join the conversation AIIA’s iAwards get people talking about Digital Innovation. Take advantage of the hype by joining the conversation on Twitter, liking iAwards on Facebook and staying in touch with LinkedIn. About the AIIA The Australian Information Industry Association (AIIA) is Australia’s peak representative body and advocacy group for those in the digital ecosystem. Since 1978 AIIA has pursued activities to stimulate and grow the digital ecosystem, to create a favorable business environment for members and to contribute to Australia’s economic prosperity. We do this by delivering outstanding member value by providing a strong voice of influence; building a sense of community through events and education; enabling a network for collaboration and inspiration; and developing compelling content and relevant and interesting information. Media Contact Jeffrey Coote Tel: (02) 8355 3130 jeffrey@filteredmedia.com.au Rian Newman Tel: (02) 8006 5740 rian@filteredmedia.com.au AIIA South Australia iAwards winners showcase the best of Australian innovation 2017-06-16T00:10:00Z aiia-south-australia-iawards-winners-showcase-the-best-of-australian-innovation Adelaide, Australia – 16 June 2017 -- The Australian Information Industry Association (AIIA), the nation’s peak member body for the ICT industry, has today announced the iAwards winners and merit recipients in South Australia for 2017. AIIA’s iAwards is Australia’s leading awards program for innovation in the digital economy. Entrants competed in five core award categories comprising Business Services, Community Services, Consumer Markets, Industrial & Primary Services, and Public Sector & Government. Entrants have also been successfully recognised for additional contributions – as startup of the year, research & development project of the year, and as outstanding infrastructure and platform innovations. An independent panel selected by the AIIA judged all nominations.   At a gala event held last night at the Adelaide Convention Centre, Jay Weatherill, Premier of South Australia, said:   “Innovation, risk-taking and exploring new horizons are embedded in South Australia’s DNA.   “In 2017, we have a terrific opportunity to further extend that leadership into the sphere of ICT and to build on the advances we’ve already made.   “I really appreciate the work this industry does to generate jobs, and to create smart and valuable products, and congratulate every individual and business that receives recognition here this evening.” Winners and merit recipients across all categories will go on to represent South Australia and compete at the National iAwards. National winners will be announced on 30 August 2017 at the prestigious AIIA 2017 iAwards Gala Dinner and Ceremony, held in Melbourne, which will be attended by startups, innovators, investors, business and community leaders and federal and state politicians.The South Australia 2017 state iAwards winners and merit recipients are:Business Services: Pernix Pty Ltd - High Performance Sports Analytics Platform (Winner) Accodex – Accodex (Merit) Industrial & Primary Services: Resolution Systems – MaxMine (Winner) Public Sector & Government: DST Group & Data61 - Cross Domain Desktop Compositor (Winner) Service SA, Department of the Premier and Cabinet - Whole of Government electronic forms platform (Merit) Student: Murray Bridge High School – Life In High School [Junior Students] (Winner) Murray Bridge High School – ImagineAR [Senior Students] (Winner) Community Services: DXC Technology - The Dandelion Work Experience Program (Winner) Mobility Innovation of the Year: LMZ Capital Pty Ltd - Golf Partner Connect (Winner) iCorp Digital - iCorp Digital (Merit) Startup of the Year: Life Whisperer Diagnostics Pty Ltd - Life Whisperer (Winner) Big Data/Machine Learning Innovation of the Year: Life Whisperer Diagnostics Pty Ltd - Life Whisperer (Winner) Pernix Pty Ltd - High Performance Sports Analytics Platform (Merit) Research and Development Project of the Year: DST Group & Data61 - Cross Domain Desktop Compositor (Winner) Infrastructure & Platform Innovations of the Year: DST Group & Data61 - Cross Domain Desktop Compositor (Winner) South Australia Premier’s Award for Public Sector Transformation: Department of the Premier and Cabinet - South Australian Resources Information Gateway (Winner) Now in its 23rd year, AIIA’s iAwards program is a critical platform demonstrating the impact that its members and the broader technology sector are driving to improve Australia’s social and economic prosperity. In the age of the ‘ideas boom’, the impact of the technology sector that AIIA represents, is more crucial to Australia’s future than ever before. The 2017 iAwards are proudly supported by Major National iAwards Partner Victorian Government, National Program Sponsors Informed Solutions, NDIA, AuDA, National Student and State Student Sponsor, WiseTech Global and National Category Sponsor KPMG. The 2017 South Australia iAwards is proudly supported by State Sponsors the Government of South Australia, and Bronze Sponsor DW Fox Tucker.                                                                                                       -ENDS-About the AIIA’s iAwards AIIA’s iAwards honours both companies at the cutting edge of technology innovation as well as leading professionals across the Digital Economy. Most importantly, the iAwards recognises the achievements of home-grown Australian innovators. http://www.iawards.com.au/  Join the conversation AIIA’s iAwards get people talking about Digital Innovation. Take advantage of the hype by joining the conversation on Twitter, liking iAwards on Facebook and staying in touch with LinkedIn.  About the AIIA The Australian Information Industry Association (AIIA) is Australia’s peak representative body and advocacy group for those in the digital ecosystem. Since 1978 AIIA has pursued activities to stimulate and grow the digital ecosystem, to create a favorable business environment for members and to contribute to Australia’s economic prosperity. We do this by delivering outstanding member value by providing a strong voice of influence; building a sense of community through events and education; enabling a network for collaboration and inspiration; and developing compelling content and relevant and interesting information.  Media Contact Joanna Stevens Kramer Tel: 0408 466 410joanna@filteredmedia.com.au   Jeffrey Coote Tel: (02) 8188 3616jeffrey@filteredmedia.com.au     AIIA Victoria iAwards winners showcase the best of Australian innovation 2017-06-16T00:07:21Z aiia-victoria-iawards-winners-showcase-the-best-of-australian-innovation Melbourne, Australia – 16 June 2017 -- The Australian Information Industry Association (AIIA), the nation’s peak industry body for the technology sector, has today announced the iAwards winners in Victoria for 2017. AIIA’s iAwards is Australia’s leading awards program for innovation in the digital economy. Entrants competed in five core award categories comprising Business Services, Community Services, Consumer Markets, and Industrial & Primary Services. Entrants have also been successfully recognised for additional contributions – as Startup of the Year, Research & Development Project of the Year, Infrastructure and Platform Innovations of the Year, Big Data/Machine Learning Innovation of the Year, and the inaugural Victorian Diversity Award. An independent panel selected by the AIIA judged all nominations. At a gala event held last night at KPMG’s Victorian offices in Docklands, Melbourne, The Hon. Philip Dalidakis MLC, Minister for Small Business, Innovation and Trade Victorian State Government, said: “Congratulations to the companies and individuals taking part in this year's 2017 Victorian iAwards. These companies are playing a vital role in growing our tech capabilities and creating new jobs here in Victoria. We are proud to be showcasing our very best digital tech innovations here in Victoria, Australia's tech and innovation hub." Winners and merit recipients across all categories will go on to represent Victoria and compete at the National iAwards. National winners will be announced on 30 August 2017 at the prestigious AIIA 2017 iAwards Gala Dinner and Ceremony, held in Melbourne, which will be attended by startups, innovators, investors, business and community leaders and federal and state politicians.The Victoria 2017 state iAwards winners and merit recipients are:Business Services: Conduct, HMR Referrals - HMR Referrals (Winner) LiveHire – LiveHire (Winner) Envato - Envato Market (Merit) Hivint Pty Limited - SecurityColony.com (Merit) Industrial & Primary Services: SensaData and La Trobe's Centre for Technology Infusion - Smart-r-Tag (Winner) Consumer Services: frank green - Smartcups and SmartBottles by frank green (Winner) BajaBoard – BajaBoard (Merit) Student: RMIT University - VICHyper Hyperloop Team [Undergraduate Tertiary Students] (Winner) Community Services: OnDigital Pty Ltd – SchoolTV (Winner) Scapegrace Pty Ltd - Quitch (Merit) Research and Development Project of the Year: Data61 (CSIRO) and Diving Australia - Dive Mechanic (Winner) Mobility Innovation of the Year: Scapegrace Pty Ltd – Quitch (Winner) Smileyscope – Smileyscope (Merit) Infrastructure & Platform Innovations of the Year: LiveHire – LiveHire (Winner) Hivint Pty Limited - SecurityColony.com (Winner) Conduct, HMR Referrals - HMR Referrals (Merit) Startup of the Year: Scapegrace Pty Ltd – Quitch (Winner) Big Data/Machine Learning Innovation of the Year: Gooroo Ventures - Gooroo Hirer: Predictive screening of IT talent (Winner) Inaugural Victorian Diversity Award BeInSync Pty Ltd - LLULAS Universal Communication Now in its 23rd year, AIIA’s iAwards program is a critical platform demonstrating the impact that its members and the broader technology sector are driving to improve Australia’s social and economic prosperity. In the age of the ‘ideas boom’ the impact of the technology sector that AIIA represents is more crucial to Australia’s future than ever before. The 2017 iAwards are proudly supported by Major National iAwards Partner Victorian Government, National Program Sponsors Informed Solutions and AuDA, National Student and State Student Sponsor, WiseTech Global and National Category Sponsors KPMG and National Disability Insurance Agency. The 2017 Victoria iAwards is proudly supported by State Sponsors the Victoria State Government, National Program Sponsors Informed Solutions and AuDA, National Category Sponsors KPMG and National Disability Insurance Agency and State Student Category Sponsor WiseTech Global.                                                              -ENDS-  About the AIIA’s iAwards AIIA’s iAwards honours both companies at the cutting edge of technology innovation as well as leading professionals across the Digital Economy. Most importantly, the iAwards recognises the achievements of home-grown Australian innovators. http://www.iawards.com.au/  Join the conversation AIIA’s iAwards get people talking about Digital Innovation. Take advantage of the hype by joining the conversation on Twitter, liking iAwards on Facebook and staying in touch with LinkedIn.  About the AIIA The Australian Information Industry Association (AIIA) is Australia’s peak representative body and advocacy group for those in the digital ecosystem. Since 1978, AIIA has pursued activities to stimulate and grow the digital ecosystem, to create a favorable business environment for members and to contribute to Australia’s economic prosperity. AIIA does this by delivering outstanding member value by providing a strong voice of influence; building a sense of community through events and education; enabling a network for collaboration and inspiration; and developing compelling content and relevant and interesting information.Media Contact Jeffrey Coote Tel: (02) 8355 3130jeffrey@filteredmedia.com.au   Rian Newman Tel: (02) 8006 5740rian@filteredmedia.com.au