2015 NEWi Awards for Digital Creativity

2015_newi_awards_1000x500The NEWi Awards celebrates the best digital innovation in online marketing, cloud computing, mobile application, and online content production in regional Australia.

The NEWi Awards are open to any regional business involved in designing, building, managing, maintaining, marketing or promoting a digital asset in Australia or overseas.

Now in its 5th year, the NEWi Awards has quickly grown to become Australia’s leading awards for regional digital innovators, offering an outstanding platform to get the recognition regional innovators deserve, and the rewards of promoting to a wider Australian audience.

NEW IDEAS + INNOVATION = NEWi

Awards are given in the following categories: Best Website, Best Online News Publication, Best Digital Agency, Best Mobile App, Best Social Media Campaign, Best Tech Start-Up, Best Health Solution, Best Educational Solution, Best Retail Solution, Best Government Solution, Best Cloud Service, Best Tourism Solution, Best Online Video and The Joe Award.

Key Dates for 2015

28th Apr | Launch and call for entries open

31st Aug | Entries close

1st Sept – 15th Sept | First round of award judging

16th Sept | Award finalists announced

16th Sept – 1st Oct | Second round of award judging

2nd Oct | Awards ceremony

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Newi156Entries may be entered into multiple categories if suitable.

BEST WEBSITE

The NEWi Award recognises the best designed website.

Judging criteria: Results/Design/Interaction/Innovation

Major focus:  Design/Interaction

BEST ONLINE NEWS PUBLICATION

The NEWi Award recognises the best online developed specifically for online news.

Judging criteria: Results/Design/Interaction/Innovation

Major focus:  Design/Interaction/

BEST DIGITAL AGENCY

The NEWi Award recognises the best marketing, digital or advertising agency.

Judging criteria: Results/Design/Interaction/Innovation

Major focus: Results/Design/Innovation

BEST MOBILE APP

The NEWi Award recognises the best mobile sites and app.

Judging criteria: Results/Design/Interaction/Innovation

Major focus: Design/Innovation

BEST SOCIAL MEDIA CAMPAIGN

The NEWi Award recognises the best social media campaign that uses one or more social media channels and enables sharing to promote and build brand awareness and value.

Judging criteria: Results/Design/Interaction/Innovation

Major focus: Results/Interaction

BEST TECH START-UP

The NEWi Award recognises the best tech start-up [LESS THAN 3 YEARS OLD OR PIVOT].

Judging criteria: Results/Design/Interaction/Innovation

Major focus: Design/Innovation

BEST HEALTH SOLUTION

The NEWi Award recognises the best online medical, alternative medicine, health and lifestyle, mental health, and fitness solution. It can be a website, video, cloud service, mobile site and app, wearable app or device, and smart city or IoT service.

Judging criteria: Results/Design/Interaction/Innovation

Major focus: Design/Innovation

BEST EDUCATIONAL SOLUTION

The NEWi Award recognises the best online educational, online curriculum, education and distance learning service, living lab and other educational solution. It can be a website, video, cloud service, mobile site and app, wearable app or device, and smart city or IoT service.

Judging criteria: Results/Design/Interaction/Innovation

Major focus: Design/Innovation

BEST RETAIL SOLUTION

The NEWi Award recognises the best eCommerce, online point-of-sale, smart signs, payment systems, booking platforms and other online retail solutions. It can be a website, video, cloud service, mobile site and app, wearable app or device, and smart city or IoT service.

Judging criteria: Results/Design/Interaction/Innovation

Major focus: Design/Innovation

BEST GOVERNMENT SOLUTION

The NEWi Award recognises the best online government or NGO service, self-help information, community engagement, waste management, intelligent transport system and other government solution. It can be a website, video, cloud service, mobile site and app, wearable app or device, and smart city or IoT service.

Judging criteria: Results/Design/Interaction/Innovation

Major focus: Design/Innovation

BEST CLOUD SERVICE

The NEWi Award recognises the best cloud business, social, government, energy, water, transport, parking, video streaming, financial, urban and bio informatics, and other cloud services. It can be a cloud service, big data management system, online dashboards, mobile and wearable app or device, and smart city or IoT solution.

Judging criteria: Results/Design/Interaction/Innovation

Major focus: Design/Innovation

BEST TOURISM SOLUTION

The NEWi Award recognises the best online booking agents for purchasing tickets, hotel rooms, holidays, rental cars, holiday packages and other online tourism solution. It can be a website, video, cloud service, mobile site and app, wearable app or device, and smart city or IoT service.

Judging criteria: Results/Design/Interaction/Innovation

Major focus:  Design/Innovation

BEST ONLINE VIDEO

The NEWi Award recognises the best online comedy, documentary, drama, sport, music, news, and educational video or film. It can be animation, individual short or episode, long form or series, and live webcasts.

Judging criteria: Results/Design/Interaction/Innovation

Major focus: Design

THE JOE AWARD – DIGITAL CITIZEN OF THE YEAR

The NEWi Award is bestowed on the most outstanding digital talent. It can be an individual, company or organisation.

No need to be a member of the Lunaticks Society.

Entry is open to any regional business involved in designing, building, managing, maintaining, marketing or promoting a digital asset in Australia.

We define “regional” as non-metropolitan areas of Australia that lie beyond the major capital cities [i.e. Sydney, Melbourne, Brisbane, etc.] and their immediate surrounding suburbs.

Entries must have been live during 2014/15 and accessible for judging on the Internet from the date of entry through to Oct 2015.

All entrants will receive an email acknowledgment when an entry has been received.

No limit to the number of entries that can be submitted or categories entered. Only entrants that are able to attend the awards ceremony and dinner will be considered, unless you can broadcast live on the night or provide a pre-recorded winners acceptance speech.

And lastly, entries that have won a NEWi Award in past are eligible for the current awards.

Timeline

28th Apr | Launch and call for entries

31st Aug | Entries close

1st Sept – 15th Sept | First round of awards judging

16th Sept | Awards finalists announced

16th Sept – 1st Oct | Second round of awards judging

2nd Oct | Winers announced at the NEWi Awards Ceremony at Newcastle Museum

NEWi Award winners will be selected by members of judging panels with category specific expertise.

FIRST ROUND OF JUDGING

Members of the Lunaticks Society will scrutinize all entries submitted during the nomination period, rating each one based on category judging criteria.

The top 5 highest rated entries in each award category will progress to the next round of judging by expert panels.

All finalists will receive an email confirmation that they have reached the final round of judging and whether they can attend the Awards Ceremony and Dinner.

FINAL ROUND OF JUDGING

Expert judging panel with category-specific expertise further evaluate the shortlisted entries based on the appropriate criteria, and eventually cast ballots to determine a winner. In the event of a tie, the Chairperson of any individual category casts the tie-breaking vote.

Members of each expert judging panel are not allowed to vote in any category in which they have a conflict of interest.

JUDGING CRITERIA

It doesn’t matter what your experience level, where you’re based, or even who you work for, this award system is judged specifically on four main criteria:

RESULTS
DESIGN
INTERACTION
INNOVATION
What makes your product or invention a step above your competitors? What do you offer consumers that no one else has even thought of yet? How are you assisting the evolution of the digital space?

Sponsorship Opportunities

Sponsorship of the NEWi Awards gives an opportunity to directly engage with your target audience. It is a unique opportunity to reach potential and current clients in a learning and networking environment.

The extensive promotion that runs over a 5-month award period in social media, magazines and online will position sponsors as an industry leader.

Standard Benefits:

  • marketing opportunities during the entire life of the awards program;
  • access to influential industry and political leaders;
  • access to Society members;
  • connections with leading industry professionals;
  • the chance to unlock and share knowledge; and
  • the opportunity to support leading innovative companies from regional and rural areas.

There are various package types available for the event, to offer optimum exposure for the budgets that are available. Details of these can be found on the following pages.

MAJOR SPONSOR

RECOGNITION & BRANDING

The Major Sponsorship package is the ultimate visibility and branding opportunity during the 2015 NEWi Awards.

In addition to the standard promotional benefits you will receive:

  • Recognition as major sponsor i.e. 2015 NEWi Awards for Digital Creativity sponsored by XYZ Pty Ltd
  • Involvement in the 2015 NEWi Awards public relations and publicity program including press articles in lead up to the Awards Ceremony and Dinner
  • Involvement in judging process – opportunity to have company representatives on category judging panels
  • Use of logos, images or trademarks
  • Hospitality – 2 tickets to the 2015 NEWi Awards Ceremony and Dinner
  • Inclusion in all media releases and other media contacts
  • Inclusion in all advertising and event promotional pieces
  • A list of Awards Ceremony and Dinner attendees and finalists (subject to privacy provisions) at the conclusion of the conference

AWARD CATEGORY SPONSOR

RECOGNITION & BRANDING

The Award Category Sponsorship package is a fantastic branding opportunity during the 2015 NEWi Awards.

In addition to the standard promotional benefits you will receive:

  • Naming rights for one award category i.e.  Best Cloud Service of the year sponsored by XYZ Australia
  • Use of logos, images or trademarks
  • Event signage, non-exclusive
  • Hospitality – 2 tickets to the awards ceremony evening, reserved seating, etc
  • Internet-related benefits such as content for the sponsor website

WELCOME COCKTAIL RECEPTION SPONSOR

RECOGNITION & BRANDING

The Welcome Cocktail Reception celebrates the beginning of the 2015 NEWi Awards Ceremony and Dinner. This is an excellent opportunity for brand recognition and exposure at this highly attended event.

In addition to the standard benefits you will receive:

  • Acknowledgment as Welcome Cocktail Reception Sponsor in the Awards Ceremony and Dinner promotional literature and on The Lunaticks Society website
  • Hospitality – 2 tickets to the 2015 NEWi Awards Ceremony and Dinner
  • Acknowledgement  as Welcome Reception Sponsor by appropriate signage at the entry to the cocktail reception venue
  • Inclusion in all media releases and other media contacts
  • Placement of PR releases on The Lunaticks Society website
  • Use of logos, images or trademarks
  • Event signage, non-exclusive

AWARD CEREMONY PRIZE DRAW SPONSOR

RECOGNITION & BRANDING

The Award Ceremony Prize Sponsorship Package is a great branding opportunity during the 2015 NEWi Awards Ceremony and Dinner.

In addition to the standard benefits you will receive:

  • Guests attending the 2015 NEWi Awards Ceremony and Dinner will be given the opportunity to enter a prize draw by submitting their business card into a barrel upon entering the Drinks Reception area
  • Prize to be chosen and supplied by the sponsor i.e. smartphone or smart tablet
  • Opportunity to announce the prize during the ceremony and present it to the winning guest
  • Prize Draw Sponsor will retain the business cards entered into the prize draw
  • Hospitality – 2 tickets to the 2015 NEWi Awards Ceremony and Dinner

AWARD CEREMONY GIFT BOX SPONSOR

RECOGNITION & BRANDING

The Award Ceremony Gift Box Sponsorship Package is a unique branding opportunity during the 2015 NEWi Awards Ceremony and Dinner.

In addition to the standard benefits you will receive:

  • Guests attending the NEWi Awards Ceremony and Dinner will be presented a Gift Box full of technology gadgets.
  • Opportunity to supply a branded gift box, acknowledging you as a major sponsor
  • Opportunity to supply technology gadgets for each gift box i.e. earphones, micro lens photo kit set for smartphones, LED USB data sync cables, cable drop clip holders, wireless Bluetooth speakers and other technology
  • Opportunity to supply branded t-shirts and/or caps for each gift box
  • Hospitality – 2 tickets to the 2015 NEWi Awards Ceremony and Dinner
For more information on the packages and to discuss your sponsorship requirements, please contact Gordon Whitehead on Gordon@thelunatickssociety.com.au or call +61 (410) 596698.

Submit your Online Entry Form

Entry Process:

All you need to do is complete the below Online Entry Form (submit anytime) and then, complete the required Entry Questionnaire for EACH entry by Monday August 31st.

Please complete all fields for your entry to be valid.

NEWi Awards Entry Form

NEWi Awards Entry Form

Please complete all fields for your entry to be valid.

* Organisers reserve the right to allocate appropriate category for submissions. Entrants will be notified of any change to categories
I/we agree to accept all terms and conditions of entry.
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All entrants are required to complete the following Questionnaire for EACH entry by Monday August 31st.

Please ensure you have read ‘Who Can Enter’ and ‘Judging Criteria’ and also completed and submitted an online Entry Form.

NOTE: You will be unable to save partially completed entries so we suggest completing your answers in a Word document and copying them over when complete.

Entry Questionnaire

Entry Questionnaire

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BEST WEBSITE OF THE YEAR

Inspiration Paints – The Village of Useful and Newism

BEST ONLINE NEWS PUBLICATION OF THE YEAR

The Roar

BEST MOBILE APPLICATION OF THE YEAR 

eCoach for iPads – Futura Group

BEST SOCIAL MEDIA CAMPAIGN OF THE YEAR

Sh!t in the woods campaign – Animals Asia by Enigma

BEST TECH START-UP OF THE YEAR

BarTv

BEST HEALTH SOLUTION OF THE YEAR

Hunter Health Kick – Newcastle Herald

BEST EDUCATIONAL SOLUTION OF THE YEAR

eCoach – Futura Group

BEST RETAIL SOLUTION OF THE YEAR 

Inspirations Paints mobile site – The Village of Useful and Newism

BEST GOVERNMENT SOLUTION OF THE YEAR 

Tamworth Regional Council – Social PinPoint

BEST CLOUD SERVICE OF THE YEAR

Kaooma – VIMOC Technologies

BEST TOURISM SOLUTION OF THE YEAR

Feel Inspired 2104 – Out Of The Square [OOTS]

BEST ONLINE VIDEO OF THE YEAR

It’s In Your Hands – Enigma

BEST DIGITAL AGENCY OF THE YEAR 

The Village of Useful

THE JOE AWARD 

VIMOC Technologies – Kaooma smart city project on Darby Street and Palo Alto

Steph Hinds – Growthwise

BarTV – local sports broadcaster

BEST WEB DESIGN OF THE YEAR AWARD

Winner: Harry Schnitzel Joint

BEST GAME DESIGN OF THE YEAR AWARD Sponsored by Missing Mouse Design

Winner: Math Champ Challenge by Inkids

BEST SOCIAL MEDIA CAMPAIGN OF THE YEAR AWARD

Winner: Creating Cities by Marcus Westbury

BEST SOCIAL MEDIA COMMUNICATOR OF THE YEAR AWARD

Winner: my life. On the internet by Marcus Westbury

BEST ONLINE PUBLICATION OF THE YEAR AWARD

Winner: Newcastle Herald

BEST ONLINE CONTENT OF THE YEAR AWARD Sponsored by Little Green Frog

Winner: Chinese Whispers Music

BEST MOBILE APPLICATION OF THE YEAR AWARD

Winner: Cycle Torque iPad Edition

BEST TECH START-UP OF THE YEAR AWARD

Winner: Chinese Whispers Music

BEST COMMUNITY DIGITAL SOLUTION OF THE YEAR AWARD Sponsored by TAFE Hunter

Winner: Social Pinpoint

BEST CLOUD SERVICE OR PRODUCT OF THE YEAR AWARD Sponsored by University of Newcastle, Faculty of Business and Law

Winner: Social Pinpoint

BEST TOURISM SOLUTION OF THE YEAR AWARD

Winner: Blive – Surfest Festival Live Broadcast

BEST NEW MEDIA ARTWORK OF THE YEAR AWARD

Winner: City Evolutions

THE JOE AWARD Sponsored by Forsythes Recruitment

Winner: Slingshot