Awards announced for World Electronics Forum in Adelaide

Electronics Industry Development Adelaide Incorporated

Tuesday, 01 October, 2019

Awards announced for World Electronics Forum in Adelaide

Leaders from some of the world’s largest electronics companies are heading to Adelaide in December for the World Electronics Forum (WEF2019), the first time the forum has visited Australia in 16 years, thanks to a winning bid by Electronics Industry Development Adelaide (EIDA). EIDA has now announced the EIDA Electronics Industry Excellence Awards to run in conjunction with the forum conference, with the Gala Awards night on 5 December, and is pleased to invite applications nationally.

EIDA President and WEF2019 Convenor Donald Kay said, “WEF2019 is a fantastic opportunity to discuss some real and current issues and opportunities for the industry, from the lack of STEM students to new processes and capabilities that need to be taken up urgently. It is also a chance to make new friends and networks, while celebrating Australia’s technological achievements on a world stage.”

The EIDA Electronics Industry Excellence Industry Awards, which will form part of the WEF conference, are designed to showcase the capability of the Australian electronics industry. Entries are open to all companies or individuals throughout Australia. The winners will be presented with their awards at the conference Gala Dinner in Adelaide on 5 December.

WEF 2019 conference themes

The WEF2019 program in Adelaide will focus on ‘Enabling Our Future’ through sustainable business, circular economy and innovation.

The Australian electronics industry and research institutions will be on show to the world, from agtech, circular economy and climate change to space, sensors and IoT.

Delegations from France, India, Hong Kong, Philippines, Taiwan, USA, Vietnam, Malaysia and of course China are expected. Recent WEF meetings have attracted presidents, CEOs and vice presidents of companies like Panasonic, Tatung, Universal Microelectronics, GP Batteries, Sampo and Airbus.

Delegates are frequently seeking engagement opportunities, which presents an opportunity for the Australian Government to attract investment and to introduce these major players to our growth companies and world-class research and development ecosystem.

Awards announced

As part of the WEF2019 conference program, EIDA has announced the EIDA Electronics Industry Excellence Awards, specifically focused on recognising individuals, teams and organisations that are doing ground breaking work in electronics.

The awards are managed by EIDA and will be judged by an independent panel of judges appointed by EIDA. Nomination is open to any person or company as appropriate who considers they fit the criteria for the award.

Should you take part?

If you think your nomination fits the criteria, you should apply.

Then it will be up to you to make your case to the judges that you deserve to win. You have two opportunities: when the judges review your entry form, and when you are invited to make a presentation directly to the judging panel.

You are expected to attend the final day of judging and you are invited to attend the Awards Gala Dinner at the World Electronics Forum on 5 December in Adelaide. Nominees may present to the judges via Skype or in person in Adelaide.

What are the award categories?

1. New Product Design Award

  • Awarded to a company
  • Product must have been released to market within last two years from entry date
  • Significant technical innovation or
  • Significant impact on its target market

2. Most Exciting Electronics Industry Start Up

  • Awarded to a company
  • Must be less than five years from company registration at entry date
  • Must demonstrate electronics intellectual property
  • Must show strength in innovation, leadership team, addressable market

3. Best Industry Collaborative Project

  • Awarded to two or more companies on a joint entry
  • Achieving an outcome through collaboration not otherwise possible

4. Young Professional of the Year

  • Awarded to an individual demonstrating a significant contribution to a product, process or leadership forum

5. Best Industry STEM Initiative

  • Awarded to a company demonstrating significant engagement in STEM education

6. Best Industry Circular Economy Initiative

  • Awarded to companies or individuals
  • Demonstrated outcomes achieved in reducing hazardous waste/waste to landfill and/or education and/or design

7. Best Student or Apprentice Awards

  • Awarded to individuals
  • Demonstrated achievement in a project or process development

You may nominate in up to three categories. Each application/category is evaluated on its own merits and there can be any number of winners or highly commended in each category. The judging panel is independent and committed to finding the best.

How to apply

Download the entry form at the conference website or get in touch to learn more. If your project or solution is innovative, meets user expectations and delivers great business outcomes, you should enter the EIDA Electronics Industry Excellence Awards. If you are a young professional achieving great things, you should enter the EIDA Electronics Industry Excellence Awards.

If you have any questions at any time when you are completing the entry form, please do not hesitate to contact EIDA.

About EIDA

EIDA was established to represent the South Australian electronics industry, which comprises around 300 companies, employs around 11,000 people and makes a contribution to the South Australian economy of approximately $4 billion annually.

Hosting the World Electronics Forum for the first time in Australia in 16 years is the realisation of a major ambition for EIDA with the potential to bring industry leaders and VIPs from over 50 countries as well as all around Australia to Adelaide.

WEF 2019 will be held at the Adelaide Convention Centre from 4–6 December 2019.

For more information, please contact:

Henrietta Child, WEF Coordinator, EIDA
0404 840 449
Donald Kay, EIDA President and WEF2019 Convenor
0410 556 376

Image credit: © Dharmasena

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