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FULL VIDEOS: 2018 NEWi Awards announced, recognising top regional tech talent in Australia

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Australia's regional areas don't get the recognition enjoyed by major capital cities, but it turns out they are hotbeds of terrific tech talent genuinely able to take on the world, and win.

If you want to see a curated list of top talent, awards events are a very important way to shine a bright light on the best and brightest any industry has to offer, while illuminating investment opportunities, quality companies to work or partner with, or even work for, and even great ideas worth being inspired by.

An organisation that has been recognising tech talent in Australia's regional areas over nearly the last decade has been awesomely named "The Lunaticks Society", an "incorporated association dedicated to promoting digital innovation and new ideas in regional Australia" that not only produces an excellent tech TV program you can watch online here, but is also responsible for the NEWi Awards for Digital Creativity

The NEWi Awards program is for "digital entrepreneurs and creatives in regional Australia and reflects the appreciation of how emerging industries are fostering economic growth and employment".

The awards are open to individuals, companies, non-profit organisations and governments involved in designing, building, managing, maintaining or promoting digital solutions in regional Australia - and the 2018 winners have been announced, which you can read about and see in the videos below.

Fifteen award winners were chosen from more than 100 entries across 13 digital and creative categories and 2 merit awards, reflecting the fantastic and outstanding talent in regional Australia.

Best Smart City Solution: Newie Ventures

NewieVentures offers a range of engineering services, including electronics and embedded software design, as well as professional project management expertise.

Best Tech Start-up: Look Who’s Charging

Look Who’s Charging is the first company to solve the complex 45-year-old problem of matching transaction descriptions from debit and credit statements to in-depth details on the underlying merchant and the category of spend.

Best International Tech Startup: Camplify

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Best Mobile Application: Parkrun Volunteer App - Newism 

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Best Health Solution: Compeat Nutrition 

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Best Tourism Solution: Camplify

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Best Cloud Solution: Liftango

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Best Online Video: Branding: Find yourself at home – Enigma/McDonald Jones Homes

We believe the best designed homes have the power to bring out the best in people. They transform who you are, not just how you live. That’s what makes every McDonald Jones home so special.

Best Online Video: Community or Innovation: Newcastle Foreshore Tower – Out of the Square 

Imagine if Newcastle established it's own space program? What a talking piece it would be for other alien civilisations.

Best Government Solution: CoastConnect - Liftango

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Best Digital Agency: Enigma

We are a creative experience agency. We solve your business issues creatively and intelligently by developing bold brand experiences and touch-points for your customers, wherever and whenever that may be. Being all under one roof, it's easy for us to focus on that experience with every tool at our disposal.

Best Website: Out of the Square

We're an ideas agency. Creating content by working together and following whatever creative impulse is right to solve the problem at hand.

Creative of the Year: Kyle Fuhrmann

The Joe Award: Brian Hill

My recording of the 2018 NEWi awards is below, but the NEWi awards are actually filmed in full by The Lunaticks Society, and their version complete with interviews of the winners, and even an interview that was conducted with me on the night, is embedded below.

You'll also see my interview with The Business Centre chief executive, Pierre Malou, whose organisation is one of the major sponsors of the NEWi Awards.

The 2018 NEWi Awards were sponsored by: The City of NewcastleThe Business CentreGrowthwiseBarTVPitchPerfect, The University of Newcastle and The Production Hub

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Alex Zaharov-Reutt

One of Australia’s best-known technology journalists and consumer tech experts, Alex has appeared in his capacity as technology expert on all of Australia’s free-to-air and pay TV networks on all the major news and current affairs programs, on commercial and public radio, and technology, lifestyle and reality TV shows. Visit Alex at Twitter here.

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