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2010 Expression of Interest
7 April 2009

Applications for INNOVIC’s Next Big Thing Award™ 2010 will open in the first quarter of 2010.  To receive further information including eligibility, judging criteria, details of prizes, opening and closing dates, etc. and an application form please compete and submit the following details here.




2009 Finalists Announced!
7 April 2009

INNOVIC's International Next Big Thing Award™ 2009 finalists have just been announced.

Find out here...

Innovative rewards at the Hotel Windsor
9 February 2009
The Hotel Windsor

The iconic 5 star Windsor Hotel has joined INNOVIC's International Next Big Thing Award™ 2009 as the exclusive accommodation partner.

Innovation is part of the hotel's soul. Now 125 years old, it was the first hotel with hydraulic guest lifts in the late 19th century and the first with in room Internet services in the late twentieth and now is supporting innovators.

Non-Victorian finalists will luxuriate in overnight accomodation to attend the Awards Ceremony while the lucky International Award Winner will savour the decadence for 5 nights and relish dinner on one of the nights.

INNOVIC is delighted to welcome the Hotel Windsor as a partner.


2009 Applications OPEN!
20 November 2008
2009 Applications are open.

Applications for INNOVIC's International Next Big Thing Award™ 2009 are now being accepted globally. Applications can be completed online here.

The Next Big Thing Award™ competition will offer $60,000 in cash and prizes and over $100,000 worth of outstanding publicity and promotion. 25 finalists will be selected and exhibited at the Melbourne Museum, Australia. The 2008 exhibition was viewed by over 76,000 people and finalists attended a prestigious Awards ceremony.

Entries close 16 March 2009.


Green Concrete innovation wins INNOVIC’s Next Big Thing Award 2008
13 June 2008
Parliamentary Secretary to the Premier Evan Thornley, MP (left), congratulates Zeobond’s Dr. Peter Duxson. Zeobond’s product E-crete was the winner

E-Crete, a cementless-concrete made from waste produced by power stations, has won INNOVIC's 2008 Next Big Thing Award.

Joss Evans, CEO of INNOVIC, said it was without a doubt a very clever Victorian innovation and its creators were onto a successful Next BigThing.

"All 21 finalists were impressive but E-Crete was a clear choice because it is cost effective solution to reducing world carbon emissions significantly," she said.

The innovation is the brainchild of Dr Peter Duxson and Prof. Jannie van Deventer, from the Cambellfield-based business Zeobond.


Robotic Golf Caddy wins People’s Choice
13 June 2008
Hubert Novak shows off his Shadow Caddy

Shadow Caddy, a robotic golf caddy, has won INNOVIC's Next Big Thing Award™ 2008 - People's Choice Award.

Joss Evans, CEO of INNOVIC, said Shadow Caddy could make the carrying of golf bags and clubs a thing of the past.

"All 21 finalists were impressive but Shadow Caddy has won the popular vote with people voting by SMS, online and voting in person at the Melbourne Museum.


Snapit wins the La Salle Matrix Thinking Award
13 June 2008
Qlicksmart Snapit's Glen Riverstone

A nifty device that looks like a mini torch and has the potential to save lives by preventing sharps injuries, is one of three winners at INNOVIC's Next Big Thing Award™ 2008.

The Snapit™ is a colourful, reuseable, handheld device that safely opens glass ampoules.

It has taken out the La Salle Matrix Thinking Award for its innovative solution to the dangerous current practice of simple snapping the glass ampoules.


Magic caddy a hole in one
By Helen Carter, Herald Sun
15 May 2008

Shadow Caddy

HUBERT Novak's sporting injuries could be a blessing in disguise if the invention they triggered takes off globally.

Back and shoulder injuries from playing sport in his youth hampered his enjoyment of golf by making it difficult to lug around clubs - so Mr Novak developed a world first hands-free robotic golf caddy.

The electronic Shadow Caddy, which will launch globally this year, follows the golfer using radio frequency and computer processors.

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Smart Lid Systems

Smart Lid Wins the Most Prestigious Packaging Award in the USA

Congratulations to Next Big Thing Award 2007™ finalist Nick Bayss of Smart Lid Systems. The colour changing coffee cup lids won the highest distinction, the "Best of Show" Award, at the AmeriStar Package Competition hosted by The Institute of Packaging Professionals in the USA.

The award reflects the one package that has received the highest judges scores in all 7 judging criteria, but more importantly over all 15 categories. Smart Lid Systems beat over 100 of the top US packaging firms to take the prize.

Intelligent Plastic Sensors

This could change the way we shop
By Belinda Scott, Coffs Coast Advocate
30 April 2008

PAUL Brockwell could change the face of food shopping.

His intelligent plastic technology is capable of telling you everything from how fresh the broccoli is on the supermarket shelf to whether you should throw out Saturday's leftover casserole.

His invention, low-cost plastics which can detect and display information about freshness and ripeness in a way anyone can read and understand, will go on display with other finalists at the Melbourne Museum from May 14 to June 22.

Imagine bottle lids that can monitor the freshness of milk and guide the cellaring of wine; a label that changes colour to tell you how long that package of prawns has before it goes 'off' and a band aid that changes colour when it is no longer effective.

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