TNQIA previous winners

2016 winners

  • Best Pipeline Product:  Cyclevision
  • Best Proven Product: Natural Evolution
  • Best Pipeline Process:  Innovation in Education
  • Best Proven Process:  JCU Internet of Things (Bachelor of Engineering)
  • Indigenous Innovation:  The Water App
  • Eco Innovation:  Portagrid
  • Mayor’s Inspire:  Storyboard Social
  • People’s Choice: Cherrygift

2014 TNQ20 Award winners

  • Cairns Post Business of the Year Award - Mungalli Creek Dairy
  • James Cook University Tropical Innovation of the Year Award - Clonal Solutions
  • Young Entrepreneur Award - Paleo Cafe (Highly Commended - Flyboard Cairns)
  • Turnaround Award - Norweld
  • Innovation Excellence - Bog Out
  • Emerging Business - Paleo Cafe
  • Tech Savvy - Cold Energy Contracting
  • Service Leader - Skytrans
  • Workforce Diversity - Clean Care Cairns
  • Global Business - Redcat Industries
  • Employee Engagement - Willmot Smash Repairs (Highly Commended - MacDonnells Law)
  • Marketing & PR - Cairns Kuranda Steam
  • High Performance - The Young Company
  • Environmental Sustainability - Mungalli Creek Dairy
  • Communitarian - Sea Swift
  • Tropical Innovation in Agriculture & Food - Clonal Solutions (Highly Commended - Broken Nose Vanilla)
  • Tropical Innovation in Health & Medicine - Dr Scott Ritchie
  • Tropical Innovation in Manufacturing - FNQ Plastics (Highly Commended - Swarf Magic)
  • Tropical Innovation in Design & Construction in Built Environment - Kenick Constructions
  • Tropical Innovation in Energy, Water & Natural Resources - Cold Energy Contracting

2012 Tropical Innovation Awards winners

  • James Cook University Innovation of the Year - Inspection Apps
  • Cairns Chamber of Commerce People’s Choice Award - Pocket Cricket
  • Sea Swift TNQ Innovation - Anchor Release Mechanism
  • ARUP Established Innovation - The Clip Slip
  • WHK & MacDonnells Law Emerging Innovation - The Original Rescue Swag
  • Expressway Signs & Printworks Community Innovation -  Going Places Homeless Program
  • Barron Gorge Hydro Stanwell Youth Innovation - Waterwise Warrior

2011 Tropical Innovation Award winners

Perfect Detection - Emerging Innovation (category sponsored by WHK & Fisher Adams Kelly)
  • Using near infrared spectroscopy in an innovative process to non-invasively assess the quality of avocados for maturity (dry matter), shelf life (rot susceptibility) and bruising.
Algae for Biological Carbon Capture and Sequestration - Tropical Zone Innovation (category sponsored by ARUP & TropLinks)
  • The invention captures greenhouse gases from industrial emitters, for example coal-fired power stations, and remediates polluted waste waters using algae as biological cleaning agents which use sunlight.
Biodegradable Products in School Tuckshop - Youth Innovation (category sponsored by Bank of I.D.E.A.S.)
  • This innovation involves investigating the feasibility of using biodegradable products in a school tuckshop to reduce the amount of rubbish going to landfill as well as reducing the amount of non biodegradable.
Sharing the Wonder - Innovation of the Year (category sponsored by James Cook University)
  • Taking the Great Barrier Reef to the world - Cairns Marine's innovative method of global distribution of living wildlife from the Great Barrier Reef enable us to move large orders of big animals anywhere.
World's Best Practice Swim-with-Whales Echotourism Management Model - Eco Innovation Award (category sponsored by Stanwell Corporation)
  • In response to concerns of potential impacts on Dwarf Minke Whales, a collaboration began between the tourism operators, marine scientists and Reef managers to evaluate potential threats to the whales and develop guidelines for sustainable management of this new form of tourism. This collaboration has grown over the past two decades and has led to many scientific discoveries and the development of a Code of Practice for the tourism industry which is being used internationally.
World's Best Practice Swim-with-Whales Echotourism Management Model - People's Choice Award (category sponsored by AusIndustry)
  • In response to concerns of potential impacts on Dwarf Minke Whales, a collaboration began between the tourism operators, marine scientists and Reef managers to evaluate potential threats to the whales and develop guidelines for sustainable management of this new form of tourism. This collaboration has grown over the past two decades and has led to many scientific discoveries and the development of a Code of Practice for the tourism industry which is being used internationally.
MiHaven Homes - Business Innovation (category sponsored by Cairns Chamber of Commerce)
  • A new product concept of cyclone resistant homes has been developed by MiCorp Property and branded MiHaven.

2010 Tropical Innovation Award winners

Enviro Fibre - Emerging Innovation (category sponsored by WHK & Fisher Adams Kelly)
  • Les Nielsen, their plan to produce market ready bagasse pulp as a substitute for paper pulp. A by product of the environmentally sound process is a high quality potash fertilizer. The locally produced bagasse pulp product replaces a significant amount of the 350,000 tonnes of pulp imported into Australia annually.
CoolMe Vest - Tropical Innovation (category sponsored by James Cook University)
  • Amanda Spelta of Placid Pools for their tropical water purification system specifically designed for swimming pools ponds and tropical wetlands. The system essentially replicates nature in filtering water through controlling water flow through a natural stone medium, biofilms and aquatic plants.
The Eco Splash System - Innovation of the Year (category sponsored by TropLinks)
  • Dr Glen Deakin with a disposable personal cooling device designed to limit the effects of heat stress during physical activity in hot and humid environments. The vest promotes rapid recovery in heat stress situations and does not require cooling from an outside source.
Transportable Aquapax Waterfarms Australia - People's Choice Award (category sponsored by AusIndustry)
  • Martin Anton won the online vote of the public for the world first cost effective transport system for micro-filtered premium quality natural spring water. The octagonal shaped thick cardboard box with an interior oxygen inner liner barrier bag protects 1000 litres of water from environmental conditions and prevents it from spoiling. The system is 98% recyclable.
Pole Power - Eco Innovation Award (category sponsored by ARUP & Stanwell Corporation)
  • Grant Behrendorff & David Smyth Polepower Energy Innovations triumphed in this category with a world first application of a solar photovoltaic technology, in a curved solar module that is designed to be mounted on the north face conventional power poles. Powerpole is intended to be used on tens of thousands of power poles in electricity distribution system feeding clean green energy into networks at every pole.
Last updated: 23 May 2018