Welcome to the 2021 IoT Awards - The official awards of the IoTAA

We proudly present the 2021 IoT Awards. Watch the introduction below to hear from Michelle Fitzgerald, Director, IoT Alliance Australia, and Senator Jane Hume, Minister for the Digital Economy. Then scroll down to watch each award.

Award Categories

  • Smart Cities

    Sponsored by Taoglas
  • Food & Agribusiness

    Sponsored by KPMG
  • Water

    Sponsored by Suez
  • Energy

    Sponsored by IoT Skills Australia
  • Transport Services

  • Manufacturing

    Sponsored by Bosch
  • Infrastructure & Construction

  • Health

  • Interoperability by Design

    Sponsored by Reekoh
  • Secure IoT

  • Smart Data Use

    Sponsored by ui! (the Urban Institute)
  • Diversity, Equity & Inclusion in Action

  • Standout Research

  • IoT Champion

Meet the Judges

Dr Manisha Amin

CEO, Centre for Inclusive Design

Manisha is the chief strategist and visionary at the Centre for Inclusive Design. With a background in strategic marketing, communication, transforming cultures and creativity she is a thought leader in the power of thinking from the edge. She has a unique talent for seeing beyond the horizon to emerging trends, defining them and building powerful communities to bring them into being. Manisha has completed a Bachelor of Business Marketing, Master’s of Professional Writing and PhD on Communication and Social Enquiry.

Judy Anderson

Board Director, IoT Alliance Australia

Judy is a highly experienced government relations leader across technology, energy, health, and business and government transformation, she has worked for AustCyber, Optus, IBM and Research Australia. Judy has led industry associations and representative organisations over many years shaping and positioning policy to benefit industry and the wider community. As a passionate advocate for positive industry development, she has worked with start-ups and developed business opportunities for large corporates.

Mark Atkinson

Chair of the Energy Work Stream, Internet of Things Alliance Australia (IoTAA)

Mark has extensive international business experience in utilities and telecommunications. He has held positions within Siemens, Deutsche Telekom and independent consulting organisations, and worked in Europe, the Middle East and Asia-Pacific delivering IoT solutions in the telecom and utility sectors. Mark has experience in wireless solutions, including military, cellular, and Broadband Wireless Access.

Dr Melanie Ayre

Future Digital Manufacturing Fund Associate,

Melanie Ayre is a research consultant specialising in the interaction between people and information systems, or how to translate digital systems designed by researchers into production use. In addition to being a Future Digital Manufacturing Fund Associate she also leads the Optimisation and Financial Risk Analytics research group in Data61's Analytics and Decision Sciences program, who are scientists and engineers working in technologies that support decision-making under uncertainty, ranging from path analysis and diagnosis through combinatorial optimisation, real options and risk modelling. These are used in domains including finance, transport, manufacturing and mining. 

Katja Beitat

Founder and CEO, Digital Health Consulting Australasia

Katja Beitat is a digital health visionary and AI in health care advisor for start-ups and enterprise boards, tactical leader, and an ethical AI influencer. Founder of digital health start up Clinivid. Active mentor and coach for digital health start up founders. Company Secretary of global charity Radiology Across Borders.

Matthew Bowler

Head of Connected Infrastructure, GHD Digital

Matthew lives for delivering disruptive solutions to critical infrastructure challenges. His work has covered numerous areas of infrastructure including mines, ports, water, power, cities, airports, precincts, transportation and construction. In every case, the outcomes, approach, partners and technologies were different. The focus on a shared outcome and narrative was the same.

Matthew’s work includes several awarded and globally referenced projects involving - private 4G networks, IoT, digital twins, incubators, 5G networks, data analytics, cybersecurity and client experience platforms.

Fang Chen

Executive Director of Data Science, UTS

Distinguished Professor Fang Chen is an award-winning and internationally recognised leader in AI and data science who has created many innovative data-driven solutions to industry problems, particularly real-life complex problems in large-scale complicated systems and networks.

Richard Duggan

Chair, Transport Services Workstream , IoT Alliance Australia

Richard has spent almost twenty years working IT&T across four continents in companies big and small, building a rich and diverse set of experiences. He has managed local, global, virtual and intercompany teams. In addition to being Chair of the IoT Aliance Australia Transport Services Workstream, he is also GM Critical Infrastructure, IoT & Tranport, at NEC Australia.

Danielle Francis

Liveable Communities Manager, Water Services Association of Australia

The Liveable Communities Manager leads WSAA's program on water's role in next generation cities, working with senior representatives from across the water sector to shape and influence national policies and strategies for the industry. Their focus is on the areas of water for health, water for placemaking, and water for growth. This role includes the 'all options on the table' portfolio, enhancing awareness of Indigenous values for water, and leadership of climate change adaptation and mitigation including support for renewable energy and the emerging circular economy.

Geof Heydon

Associate, Astrolabe Group and HeydonDEC

Geof is an expert consultant advising several cities on Internet of Things and smart cities. He provides both strategic and operational advice of telecommunication and IT infrastructure as well as architectures, policies, standards, data sharing, and the digital economy. Geoff co-founded IoT Alliance Australia (IoTAA) and while representing the IoTAA  he has provided significant input to the Prime Minister and Cabinet’s office regarding the Smart Cities and Suburbs Grants award criteria, evaluation and processes.

Darren Hungerford

Chair, Manufacturing Workstream, IoT Alliance Australia

Throughout Darren's career he has worked across numerous industries for many Australian and global organisations delivering on strategic digital and technology outcomes. In addition to being Chair of the IoT Alliance Australia Manufacturing Workstream, he is Chief Technology Officer at BlueScope.

Meredith Hodgman

Smart Cities Workstream Chair, IoT Alliance Australia

Meredith is Co-Founder and International Program Director of the advocacy group Women in Smart Cities Global and the International Engagement Manager for the City of Sydney. She has a background in law, sustainable transport and digital transition. She is passionate about catalysing sector convergence for the cities of the future and has more than 10 years of international experience in trade and investment, benchmarking and forecasting next-generation technology trends for urban economic, environmental and social efficiencies.

Nadeen Jayasundara

Vice-Chair, Collaboration Workstream, IoT Alliance Australia

Nadeen has more than 20 years industry and consulting experience for leading public and private sector organisations in; Telecommunications, Media & Technology (TMT), Infrastructure Construction Engineering and Services (Utilities / Transport / Resources / Social / Property) and Finance Sectors.

Tegan Kop

Emerging Tech Testbed Lead, City of Melbourne

Tegan is an applied innovation expert with a social bent working to make a more equitable world. They believe in the power of cross-sector collaboration to solve big problems and make real lasting social change. You can see this in action through their extensive and innovative work in the corporate, community and government sectors. They lead the Emerging Technology Testbed in the Smart City Incubator in the City of Melbourne's Technology and Digital Innovation branch focusing on the future of Melbourne and how we might use tech and human centred design to get there.

Laura Lees

Vice President, ISACA Sydney Chapter

Laura is a an experienced cyber security and risk leader who thrives on building strategies and executing them by leveraging the people and teams around her. She speialies in identifying risk and developing innovative solutions in complex environments balancing the competing requirements of business agility and security. She is also the Country BISO fior Australia and New Zealand at Citi and the Sydney Co-Chapter lead for the AWSN - Australian Women in Security Network.

Martina Lyons

Market Transformation Leader, Race For 2030

Martina has more than 15 years’ experience in strategy, policy, program design, project management, stakeholder engagement and communications across not-for-profit, government and the private sector, She is driven to help create an equitable society that is open, respectful, peaceful, creative, innovative and diverse.

Frank Zeichner

CEO, IoT Alliance Australia

Frank is a thought leader in the adoption of Internet of Things, and the founding CEO of IoT Alliance Australia. He is a Partner Manager for the Reliable Affordable Clean Energy for 2030 Cooperative Research Centre (RACE for 2030), an industry-led initiative that fosters innovation across the energy supply chain to deliver increased value for consumers.
Frank is also on the board of the NSW Smart Sensing Network, which brings together smart sensing expertise in academia, industry and government to deliver economic and social benefits for NSW.

William Maher

Editor, IoT Hub

William is the editor of Iot Hub, the media partner of Australia's peak Internet of Things industry body, Internet of Things Alliance Australia (IoTAA). The two organisations partner to produce the IoT Impact conference, annual IoT Awards and IoT Insights events series. IoT Hub also covers the advancement and use of IoT by Australian business, government and communities. William has more than 20 years’ experience writing about technology as a journalist, editor and corporate writer.

Ian Oppermann

NSW Government Chief Data Scientist and Industry Professor at University of Technology Sydney,

Dr. Ian Oppermann is the NSW Government’s Chief Data Scientist working within the Department of Customer Service, and Industry Professor at University of Technology Sydney (UTS). Ian has 27 years’ experience in the ICT sector and, has led organisations with more than 300 people, delivering products and outcomes that have impacted hundreds of millions of people globally. He has held senior management roles in Europe and Australia as Director for Radio Access Performance at Nokia, Global Head of Sales Partnering (network software) at Nokia Siemens Networks, and then Divisional Chief and Flagship Director at CSIRO.

Christian Porter

Chief Commercial Officer, Keolis Downer

Christian has spent almost 20 years working for Top 100 ASX-listed companies Downer and CIMIC. At these organisations, her undertook a variety of project delivery, business development, pre-contracts, strategy and commercial roles. He is currently engaged as the Chief Commercial Officer for Keolis Downer which brings together Keolis, a leading international operator and integrator of all mobility modes, and Downer, one of Australia and New Zealand’s leading integrated providers of urban services.

Jonathon Quigley

Chair, Food & Agribusiness Workstream, IoT Alliance Australia

In addition to his role at IoT Alliance Australia, Jonathon is a Partner at global agriculture and food technolgy accelerator SparkLabs Cultiv8. He has been investing in technology for over a decade, including in the agtech sector.



Peter Runcie

Director and Principal Consultant, Natirar

Peter is a Director of Natirar, which provides leadership, consulting and contracting services to assist organisations with their strategic innovation needs and take advantage of new developments in science and technology. He has a background spanning a range of technical and business disciplines predominately in the ICT and research sectors. Peter has recent experience with decarbonisation programs, environmental monitoring, smart cities, IoT, intelligent transportation systems, data analytics and related topics such as data privacy and digital twins.

Clare Rutherford

Chief Operating Officer, Food Agility

Clare has a background in government, university and private sectors, focusing in program management with additional experience in stakeholder management and business development. She was program manager at Sense-T, an IoT focused research program at the University of Tasmania, managing 16 research projects with more than $20 million in research funding, the majority of which conducted data service innovation research in agriculture. More recently, Clare was business development manager for Ag-Tech company, The Yield, and was also vice-president for startup peak industry body, Startup Tasmania.

Sam Sneddon

Chair, Data Use & Availability Workstream, IoT Alliance Australia

Sam’s focus is on data discovery and business models for data sharing. She is co-founder of climate fintech start-up Wollemi.io, which uses data to manage climate-related financial risk in the land and farming sector. Sam has over 20 years’ in thought leadership and digital media (National Geographic, TED, Harvard Business Review) working in Australia, Africa and South East Asia. She is a Sustainability Masters candidate at the University of Sydney.

Dani Storey

Chief Technology Officer, CyQIQ

CyQIQ is a systems integrator and consultancy that specialise in smart city technology, framework and strategies. Since its establishment in 2015 it has been at the forefront of technological advancement across APAC, providing business solutions and services for some of the region’s leading government smart city initiatives, and helping its clients gain award-winning recognition for their work in the digital innovation space. It also offer strategic guidance to assist its clients to improve workflows and efficiency, and use technology to make our cities more liveable and sustainable.

Matt Tett

Chair, Cybersecurity & Network Resilience Workstream, IoT Alliance Australia

In addition to his role at IoT Alliance Australia, Matt is Managing Director of Enex TestLab, an independent testing laboratory, and Chairman of Enex Carbon security consultancy. He has a technical background in network and security systems and holds security certifications: CISSP, CISM, CSEPS and CISA, Government and Police Contractor security clearances. He is a member of ISACA and (ISC)2. Matt provided advice for the Attorney General Department’s Stay Smart Online program. He serves on the Communications Alliance Cyber Security Reference Panel, the Internet Australia Cyber Security SIG, and the research advisory committee for the Internet Commerce Security Laboratory at Federation University.

Simon Vaux

CEO & Co-Founder , DEOS Digital

Simon is an industry pioneer who is well-regarded for successfully driving digital transformation throughout the infrastructure sector. From 2014-2021, he led all aspects of the acclaimed Transport for NSW Digital Engineering Framework program, from its initial vision through to industry-wide implementation. He has 20 years of project experience in the infrastructure sector and is a regular speaker at public events, a mentor to young professionals and a keen promoter of civil and digital engineering.

Pat Wheaton

Co Chair, Health Workstream, IoT Alliance Australia

Pat is founder of Core Connect Group, an advisory firm specialising in a broad range of strategic and operational services to the healthcare sector. Core Connect advises in areas ranging from procurement and commissioning technology for major public health projects to establishing and growing health-related start-up businesses. From an initial clinical career in Medical Imaging, Pat worked in commercial, leadership and strategy roles at GE, was the CEO of a cancer focused Not-for-Profit and co-developed CureVentus, a strategic planning and execution software platform. Pat is particularly passionate about delivering outcomes for regional and rural health communities.