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Raftery, Adnum win NEWi technology innovation awards

Managing director Peter Jamieson collects one of Anditi's three awards at the NEWis on Thursday night.

Innovator Heath Raftery and Out of the Square Media boss Marty Adnum won the major honours at the NEWI Awards in Newcastle on Thursday night.

Mr Raftery, an engineer, co-founder of innovation start-up NewieVentures and founder of the Newcastle IoT Pioneers collaborative, won the Joe Award, bestowed by NEWi organisers The Lunaticks Society.

The awards are Australia’s largest digital awards program for regional innovators and creatives. They are billed as national awards, though most of the nominees are based in Newcastle.

Mr Adnum won the peer vote for Creative of the Year after his company won Digital Agency of the Year, created a high-profile campaign farewelling Queens Wharf Tower and was nominated in three award categories for its Reflections Holiday Parks website.

Other award winners included the electric bike-sharing firm BYKKO (best Smart City solution), geospatial data engineers and programmers Anditi (best tech start-up, international tech start-up and cloud solution) and restaurant app Eatsee (best mobile application).

Redback Solutions won best website for its work with WellFit Personal Training.

Lunaticks president Greg Hall said the awards acknowledged “people who have come up with solutions or a digital response to solving a problem”.

“In terms of choosing the winners, it’s been really tough because there are people doing exceptional things out there to solve problems in a different way,” he said.

In a region which gives more prominence to sporting and cultural endeavours, Mr Hall said the ongoing digital revolution would affect “everyone from the cradle to the grave” and none of the innovators were “waiting for permission” to start implementing their ideas.

2019 NEWi Award winners

Best Smart City Solution: BYKKO

Best Greentech Solution: Bee Innovative

Best Tech Startup: Anditi

Best International Tech Startup: Anditi

Best Tech Startup [Pre-Revenue]: Bee Innovative

Best Educational Solution: Redback Solutions

Best Mobile Application: Eatsee

Best Retail Solution: Hyperweb

Best Health Solution: NSW Health Pathology

Best Tourism Solution: Lake Macquarie City Council

Best Cloud Solution: Anditi

Best Online Video: Enigma

Best Government Solution: Portt

Best Digital Agency: Out of the Square

Best Website: Redback Solutions

Creative of the Year: Martin Adnum

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