The deadline for entries in the $70,000 The Australian Innovation Challenge awards – aimed at finding game-changing ideas in fields including minerals and energy, community services and environment, agriculture and food – has been extended until Sunday, August 26.
Run by The Australian in association with Shell and supported by the federal Department of Industry, Innovation, Science, Research and Tertiary Education, the awards will help drive some of the nation’s best ideas to commercialisation or execution.
The seven professional categories open to specialists (including scientists, engineers, technologists and educators at any stage of their careers) are:
- environment, agriculture and food
- minerals and energy
- manufacturing and hi-tech design (designs either taken up in Australia or exported)
- community services
Many of these categories also cover enabling technology, such as nanotechnology, advanced materials and biotechnology.
The professional category winners will receive prizes of $5000. The overall winner will receive a further $25,000.
An eighth category, Backyard Innovation, is open to the public and has a $10,000 prize.