Wednesday, July 23rd, 2014

Women in Innovation and Technology SA (WITSA), in collaboration with News Corp Australia, have launched the inaugural Women in Innovation Awards SA to provide a showcase for the State’s best female innovators, whether working within organisations as intrapreneurs or running their own show as entrepreneurs.

Backed by the Office for Women and Department of State Development, these awards are set to illuminate female innovation.

Innovators already nominated are working across a wide range of projects and locations, from astronomers scanning the stars to marine scientists diving into the Southern Ocean, from shop fronts and workshop floors to research facilities and boardrooms.

WITSA President Lisa Kennewell said that the awards are designed to promote our unsung heroes and quiet achievers, the difference makers and the mavericks.

“Right across regional and metropolitan South Australia, we want anyone who knows an awe-inspiring, innovative woman to nominate her,” Ms Kennewell said.

Awards will be presented across four individual categories and one business category:

  • Science & Health
  • Education, Community, Art & Sport
  • Environment & Primary Industries
  • Information Technology, Manufacturing & Defence;
  • Most Innovative Women’s Initiative in Business

The business award recognises organisations with the most supportive and active commitment to women and innovation in their workplace.

Nominations for the awards can be made at

Guy Turner, on behalf of News Corp Australia, said: “News Corp Australia is proud to partner with WITSA to deliver the inaugural Women in Innovation Awards. These awards reflect our commitment to supporting and recognising South Australian innovation, and represent an outstanding opportunity to showcase the work and achievements of these visionary women.”

Gail Gago, Minister for Women, said that Australia’s capacity to drive science and innovation was pivotal to a successful economy.

Highlighting the achievements of talented and accomplished South Australian women will encourage and inspire more women and girls to train for high-demand, high growth, high paying industries, particularly in science, technology, engineering and mathematics,” the Minister said.

Nominations for the award open July 23rd and entries close midnight, Friday August 22nd. To find out more about the awards and nominate the most innovative woman you know, visit

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Women in Innovation and Technology SA (WITSA)

Women in Innovation and Technology is a dynamic special interest group connecting women working in all areas of innovation and technology. WITSA has created a sustainable network of members focused on the advancement of women.  The group has continuously developed a range of initiatives that encourage women to enter innovation related industries, retain them in these industries and help them achieve their full potential throughout their career.

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