Below are the APICTA Award Category Framework and the details of the Head Categories and the Students' Project Category, together with the Cross-Category Awards and the Technology Awards. Entries to the Students' Project Category and entries to the Head Categories are mutually exclusive. Additionally and optionally, subject to eligibility, a nominated entry to a Head Category can enter in the Cross-Category Awards of RESEARCH AND DEVELOPMENT PROJECT OF THE YEAR or START-UP OF THE YEAR. Additionally and optionally, a nominated entry to a Head Category can, if relevant, also enter in the Technology Awards of BIG DATA ANALYTICS TECHNOLOGY OF THE YEAR, INTERNET OF THINGS TECHNOLOGY OF THE YEAR or ARTIFICIAL INTELLIGENCE TECHNOLOGY OF THE YEAR
Each of the 5 Head Categories, the 2 Cross-Category Awards, the 3 Technology Awards, and the 3 sub-categories of the Students’ Project Category, will have its own judging panel.

THE APICTA AWARD CATEGORY FRAMEWORK
Head Categories STUDENT
(HC-S)
CONSUMER
(HC-C)
INCLUSIONS AND COMMUNITY SERVICES
(HC-ICS)
INDUSTRIAL
(HC-I)
BUSINESS SERVICES
(HC-BS)
PUBLIC SECTOR AND GOVERNMENT
(HC-PSG)
  • Media & Entertainment
  • Tourism & Hospitality
  • Retail and Distribution
  • Banking, Insurance & Finance
  • Real estate
  • Digital Marketing / Advertising
  • Regional, Rural and Remote Services
  • Indigenous Services
  • Health and Wellbeing
  • Community Services
  • Sustainability and Environment
  • Education
  • Manufacturing
  • Resources, Energy & Utilities
  • Agriculture
  • Engineering & Construction
  • Transport
  • Supply Chain Logistics
  • Sustainability & Environment
  • Finance & Accounting solutions (Fintech)
  • ICT Services solutions
  • Security solutions
  • Marketing solutions
  • Professional Services (legal, HR etc.) solutions
  • Government & Citizen Services
  • Digital Government
  • JUNIOR STUDENT
    (HS-JS)
  • SENIOR STUDENT
    (HS-SS)
  • TERTIARY STUDENT PROJECT
    (HS-TS)
CROSS CATEGORIES
START UP
(CC-SU)
RESEARCH AND DEVELOPMENT
(CC-RD)
TECHNOLOGY
BIG DATA ANALYTICS
(CT-BDA)
INTERNET OF THINGS
(CT-IOT)
ARTIFICIAL INTELLIGENCE
(CT-AI)

Head Categories

For projects, products and services that targets or empowers consumer choice or engagement across all markets, including: Retail; Media; Entertainment; Arts and Culture; Gaming; Tourism; Banking, Insurance & Finance (retail); Real estate (retail).

Consumer focused industries are fast moving and highly competitive. Digital innovation enables economic participants to respond rapidly to market requirements, bypassing limitations including, for example, production and logistics.

Solution Categories:

  • Media & Entertainment
  • Tourism & Hospitality
  • Retail and Distribution
  • Banking, Insurance & Finance
  • Real estate
  • Digital Marketing / Advertising

Criteria

The entry will be judged on four criteria, each examining two attributes:

Judging Criteria Weighting Attributes Weighting
Uniqueness  25% Technology and Innovation  60%
Trend Setting, creativity  40%
Market Potential  25% Market Share & Potential  60%
Business and Financial Model/Strategy  40%
Functionalities and Features  25% User Requirements  50%
Compatibility and Interoperability  50%
Quality & Application of Technology  25% Content & Standard  60%
Product Stability & Reliability  40%

For projects, products and services that target niche markets in order to break down the barriers that prevent some members of the community from fully participating in (and contributing to) society.

Innovations may be from: Urban, Rural and Remote Services; Indigenous services, eLearning & education; Health and Wellbeing; Sustainability and Environment; NGOs; Disability Sector; Sport.

Solution Categories:

  • Regional, Rural and Remote Services
  • Indigenous Services
  • Health and Wellbeing
  • Community Services
  • Sustainability and Environment
  • Education

Criteria

The entry will be judged on four criteria, each examining two attributes:

Judging Criteria Weighting Attributes Weighting
Uniqueness  25% Technology and Innovation  40%
Trend Setting  60%
Value to Community & Society at large  30% Accessibility & Reach  50%
Social Integration & Impact on Quality of Life  50%
Functionalities and Features  25% User Requirement  50%
Compatibility and Interoperability  50%
Quality & Application of Technology  20% Content & Standards  60%
Product Stability & Reliability  40%

For solutions that deliver automation through the integration of systems, technologies and processes for the following sectors includes but not limited to:

Agriculture; Mining; Oil & Gas; Energy; Manufacturing; Construction; Transport; Logistics; Utilities.

Industrial activity is focussed on next generation improvement, supporting the development and competitiveness of the marketplace. Digital productivity is core to optimising processes, reducing costs and to developing new product offerings.

Solution Categories:

  • Manufacturing
  • Resources, Energy & Utilities
  • Agriculture
  • Engineering & Construction
  • Transport
  • Supply Chain Logistics
  • Sustainability & Environment

Criteria

The entry will be judged on four criteria, each examining two attributes:

Judging Criteria Weighting Attributes Weighting
Uniqueness  30% Technology and Innovation  60%
Trend Setting, creativity  40%
Market Potential  20% Market Share & Potential  60%
Business and Financial Model/Strategy  40%
Functionalities and Features  30% User Requirement  50%
Compatibility and Interoperability  50%
Quality & Application of Technology  20% Content & Standard  60%
Product Stability & Reliability  40%

For solutions that drive and deliver business solutions with high levels of productivity and competitiveness. These may be solutions that deliver cross industry functions

Innovations may be from: Banking; Finance; Legal; Accounting; Architecture; HR; Administrative Services & Professional Services sectors.

Solution Categories:

  • Finance & Accounting solutions (Fintech)
  • ICT Services solutions
  • Security solutions
  • Marketing solutions
  • Professional Services (legal, HR etc.) solutions

Criteria

The entry will be judged on four criteria, each examining two attributes:

Judging Criteria Weighting Attributes Weighting
Uniqueness  25% Technology and Innovation  60%
Trend Setting, creativity  40%
Market Potential  20% Market Share & Potential  60%
Business and Financial Model/Strategy  40%
Functionalities and Features  25% User Requirements  50%
Compatibility and Interoperability  50%
Quality & Application of Technology  30% Content & Standard  60%
Product Stability & Reliability  40%

For services the core value of which is to deliver the digitisation of citizen services and improve efficiencies in the machinery of government. Solutions will be developed by all levels of government or government in collaboration with industry partners. Only nominations from Government owned or controlled entities or Government led delivered can apply.

This Award is presented for outstanding ICT innovation dedicated to delivering improved government service delivery or other Digital initiatives for the public.

Solution Categories:

  • Government & Citizen Services
  • Digital Government

Criteria

The entry will be judged on four criteria, each examining two attributes:

Judging Criteria Weighting Attributes Weighting
Uniqueness  25% Technology and Innovation  60%
Trend Setting, creativity  40%
Value to Public/ Government  30% Accessibility & Reach  50%
Transparency & Impact on Quality of Life  50%
Functionalities and Features  25% User Requirement  50%
Compatibility and Interoperability  50%
Quality & Application of Technology  20% Content & Standards  60%
Product Stability & Reliability  40%

Junior Students (HC-JS)

For the most outstanding Digital project undertaken by a student or group of students who are studying up to/including grade 9.

Generally refers to ICT projects by students involved in formal education prior to entering a tertiary institution, for example a university. While this category is generally aimed at secondary school (junior) student projects, entries from primary schools are not excluded, though it should be made clear to the primary school students that the same judging standards and criteria are applied equally to both primary and secondary school projects.

Senior Students (HC-SS)

For the most outstanding Digital project undertaken by a student or group of students who are in the last three years of secondary education before college or university.

Tertiary Students (HC-TS)

This award recognises the most outstanding project undertaken by a tertiary (undergraduate) student or a group of students.

Any Information and Communication Technology project or research performed by a student or a group of students who are registered as active undergraduate students in a higher-learning institution, such as college or university during the APICTA Award competition or within 1 year period from his or her graduation date by providing proof of graduation certificate during delivery of the presentation.

Sub-catagory:

  • Consumer
  • Inclusions and Community Services
  • Industrial
  • Business Services
  • Public Sector and Government

Criteria

The entry will be judged on five criteria, each examining two attributes:

Judging Criteria Weighting Attributes Weighting
Uniqueness  15% Application of Technologies  50%
Innovation  50%
Proof of Concept  15% Understanding of the Problem to be Solved  50%
Understanding of Business Environment  50%
Functionalities and Features  15% User Requirement  50%
Compatibility and Interoperability  50%
Quality  30% Content & Standards  60%
Product Stability & Reliability  40%
Presentation  25% Organization of Presentation  50%
Enquiries  50%

Cross Categories

For outstanding innovation by a company in the start-up phase of development. The company will have developed an innovative and potentially superior ICT solution and the company itself is still considered at the early stage of inception.

In order to be considered for this award, the following criteria must be met:

  • The company registration date with the Government’s Company registration must not be more than three (3) years from the date of the APICTA competition;
  • The individual founder(s) of the company and/or the product developers must still be a major shareholder(s) of the company; and
  • The company must not be a subsidiary of an established parent company

Criteria

The entry will be judged on five criteria, each examining two attributes:

Judging Criteria Weighting Attributes Weighting
Business Model & Financialss  30% Funding  50%
Scalability of operations  50%
Client Reach  15% Quality / type of clients  50%
Satisfaction  50%
Execution –Team Composition - Implementation  20% Scalability of Operation  50%
Team Composition  50%
Investment Viability  10% Quality of Customer Base  50%
Market Share / Potential  50%
Unique Selling Proposition  25% Market Entry Barrier/IPR  50%
Competitive Advantage & Differentiation  50%

Any Information and Communication Technology research and development, conducted by academic, non-academic institutions,(including postgraduate tertiary student research) or individuals to create innovative products, processes, and services. Such innovations are incomplete and yet to be marketed even though their features and functionalities can be demonstrated.

Criteria

The entry will be judged on four criteria, each examining two attributes:

Judging Criteria Weighting Attributes Weighting
Uniqueness  30% Technology and Innovation  60%
Trend Setting, creativity  40%
Proof of Concept  30% Commercial Potential  50%
Pilot Trial  50%
Functionalities and Features  20% User Requirement  50%
Compatibility and Interoperability  50%
Quality & Application of Technology  20% Content & Standards  60%
Product Stability & Reliability  40%

Technology Awards

Technology developed which utilises large volumes of data – both structured and unstructured that result in strategic analysis and better decisions. This may include advanced data analytics and unique algorithms.

It must demonstrate that the datasets are large enough to necessitate high-level programming skill and statistically defensible methodologies in order to transform the data asset into something of value.

Criteria

The entry will be judged on four criteria, each examining two attributes:

Judging Criteria Weighting Attributes Weighting
Security  30% Solution architecture and/or platform design  60%
Compliance / adherence to security standards  40%
Creativity  30% Process of Data Mining, Algorithm Used and Results Management  50%
Elements of Predictive & Prescriptive Analytics  50%
Scale  20% Proof of how solution will scale and adopt to business needs  50%
Seamless Data & Process Integration  50%
Openness Integrability  20% Demonstrate compliance to industry standards  60%
Integration of third party solutions to enhance and/or monitor  40%

The use of IoT technologies for the inter-connectedness of physical devices to enable solutions to extract data or to create new information to improve efficiencies, accuracy and/or economic benefit and reduced human intervention.

These include new methods to enable businesses, governments, and consumers to connect to their IoT devices, sensor technology and smart technology including remotes, dashboards, networks, gateways, analytics, data storage, and security.

Criteria

The entry will be judged on four criteria, each examining two attributes:

Judging Criteria Weighting Attributes Weighting
Security  30% Solution architecture and/or platform design  60%
Compliance / adherence to security standards  40%
Creativity  30% Purpose & Ease of Use  50%
Area of deployment for efficiencies and advantage points  50%
Scale  20% Proof of how solution will scale  50%
Ease of deployment and productivity & Integration for business use  50%
Openness Integrability  20% Demonstrate compliance to industry standards  60%
Integration of third party solutions to enhance and/or monitor  40%

Artificial Intelligence (AI) is used to perform operations analogous to learning and decision making in humans. Examples may include expert systems, robotics, self learning or programs for the perception and recognition of shapes in computer vision systems.

Typically, technologies should address central problems or goals of AI research include reasoning, knowledge, planning, learning, natural language processing (communication), perception and the ability to move and manipulate objects

Criteria

The entry will be judged on four criteria, each examining two attributes:

Judging Criteria Weighting Attributes Weighting
Security  30% Solution architecture and/or platform design  60%
Compliance / adherence to security standards  40%
Creativity  30% Solving or enhancing processes, capabilities and efficiencies  50%
Methodologies used in producing results, self learning  50%
Scale  20% Proof of how solution will scale  50%
Ease of deployment and productivity & Integration for business use  50%
Openness Integrability  20% Demonstrate compliance to industry standards  60%
Integration of third party solutions to enhance and/or monitor  40%