Recognition of Australian Unmanned Systems Industry Champions

AAUS is proud to be hosting an Industry Awards night to recognise individuals and organisations that have made a significant contribution to the Australian unmanned systems industry.

Winners will be announced during the AAUS Gala Dinner that will be held in Canberra in the evening of Wednesday July 17, 2019.  The Gala Dinner is being held in conjunction with the AAUS RPAS in Australian Skies 2019 conference.  Tickets for the Gala Dinner can be purchased via the conference website.

INDUSTRY CHAMPION AWARDS CATEGORIES

Leadership Award

The Leadership Award will recognise individuals or organisations that lead the way with advocacy work that strives to improve the commercial and / or technological viability of the unmanned system industry.

Nominations for the Leadership Award will be judged against that following criteria:

  • Broad Industry Benefit – Has the nominee performed work on behalf of the broad unmanned systems industry.Describe the body of work that the nominee has performed, identifying benefits to industry and measurable results obtained.
  • Peristence of Effort – Has the nominee demonstrated this effort on behalf of industry over a sustained period. Efforts lasting over 5 years or more will be viewed favourably by the judging panel.
  • Legacy – Will the advocacy work have an ongoing benefit to the unmanned systems industry.

These criteria will be given equal weighting.

Innovation Award

The Innovation Award will go to organisations or individuals that have designed a new product, a new service, a new production or manufacturing process contributing to the advancement of the unmanned systems industry.

The Innovation Champion award will be judged on the inventiveness and relevance of the nominated technology.

A Pre-Condition for nomination is the technology was developed in Australia and has had commercial success or demonstrated market potential.  An Innovation will show ‘Demonstrated Commercial Potential’ if, in the opinion of the judging panel, it has reached a distinct ‘market ready’ threshold and the innovator concerned has developed a sound business plan and can point to unsatisfied market demand for the product or service concerned.

Nominations for the Innovation Award will be judges against the following criteria:

  • Innovation and Ingenuity– Is this solution cutting-edge and unique from its competitors? Does it creatively solve a problem or leverage an opportunity in a way not demonstrated in other solutions?
  • Functionality and Practicality– How practical and useful is the solution? Does it serve a true need in the marketplace?
  • Value, Impact and Effectiveness– How valuable or impactful is this solution?
  • Ease of Use/Implementation and Scalability– How easy is the solution to use or implement?
  • ‘Wow Factor’– Does this solution feature something unexpected, surprising or unanticipated?

These criteria will be given equal weighting.

Education & Safety Award

The Education & Safety Award will recognise individuals or organisations who demonstrate leadership in educating the unmanned systems industry with particular emphasis of developing a safety-focussed culture.

Nominations for the Education & Safety Award will be judged against the following criteria:

  • Safety Objective – Have you implemented an education or training initiative or program with focus of improving safety within the unmanned system industry?  Provide a description of the program, who was involved, why it was needed, and at which groups was it aimed.  What was the context of the program and what were the key drivers?  Describe the objectives of the program and metrics to measure success.
  • Safety Outcome – What have been the results of the program / initiative? How practical and useful is the solution? Does it serve a true need in the marketplace?
  • Value, Impact and Effectiveness– How valuable or impactful is the safety initiative or program?

These criteria will be given equal weighting.

Humanitarian Achievement Award

The Humanitarian Achievement Award will recognise individuals or organisations that demonstrate the role unmanned technologies can play in bettering our world.

Nominations for the Humanitarian Achievement Award will be judged against the following criteria:

  • Humanitarian Objective – Provide a description of the humanitarian program, who was involved, why it was needed, and who was the beneficiary  What was the context of the program and what were the key drivers?  Describe the objectives of the program and metrics to measure success.
  • Humanitarian Achievement Outcome – What have been the results of the humanitarian program?
  • Value, Impact and Effectiveness– How valuable or impactful is the humanitarian program?

These criteria will be given equal weighting.

NextGen (Under 35yo) Achievement Award

The NextGen Achievement Award will recognise young individuals that demonstrate elite capability and leadership in their field within the unmanned systems sector.

Nominations for the NextGen Achievement Award will be judged against the following criteria:

  • Elite Capability – Provide a description of the capability possessed by the Nominee in the field of unmanned systems and why it is considered elite against their peers.
  • Achievements – Describe the relevant achievements of the Nominee during the past 18 months.
  • Value, Impact and Effectiveness – How valuable or impactful has the Nominee’s achievements been to the organisation or broader industry.
  • Leadership – Describe the Nominee’s leadership attributes.

These criteria will be given equal weighting.

RULES & ELIGIBILITY

  •  We are seeking champions of the Australian Unmanned Systems Industry.
  • The Industry Champion Awards are open to Australian individuals and organisations including Australian subsidiaries to overseas parent companies.
  • An Australian company has an office in Australia and conducts operations in Australia.  It also has an Australian Company Number (ACN) and/or Australian Business Number (ABN).
  • Nominations are invited for Innovation, Education & Safety, Humanitarian Achievement and NextGen Achievement Awards for work performed during the 18 months prior to 31 March 2019.  Nominations for the leadership award are for larger bodies of work over many years.
  • Nominators can nominate any Australian individual or organisation.  Self-nomination is welcome.
  • The AAUS appointed judging panel will judge nominations against the judging criteria for each award category.
  • Submissions for any award must be received by 5:00 pm EST June 14, 2019.
  • Finalists for each award category will be announced on June 21, 2019.
  • Award Winners will be announced that the AAUS Gala DInner (held in conjunction with the RPAS in Australian Skies conference 2019) in Canberra on Wednesday July 17, 2019.

Nomination Form

Full Submissions Required before 5:00 pm EST June 14, 2019