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iAwards – Celebrating excellence in Australian Innovation

The iAwards honours companies and individuals at the cutting edge of technology innovation that is making a difference to the community, and recognises the achievements of home-grown Australian innovators from the likes of Atlassian, Google Maps and WiseTech Global.

Entries for the iAwards open in September and with the State iAward winners and merit recipients announced in June, and National iAwards take place in August. Our National winners then prepare for APICTA over September and October.

The host of the iAwards, the Australian Information Industry Association (AIIA), strongly advocates the importance of recognising the innovation and productivity which ICT delivers across all facets of Australian life.

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About the iAwards Judges Council

The iAwards Judges Council comprises of the Chief Judge, Gary Buck, Category Judges and invited Members who together oversee the entire iAwards judging process to ensure confidentiality, transparency and integrity are maintained. The CategoryJudges in consultation with the Chief Judge select the Lead Judge in each iAward category.  The Chief, Category and Lead Judges then work together to select Panel Judges who judge each category's entries.

All Judges are volunteers who give up their time to support the iAwards, enabling nominees to highlight their innovations and promote their business to investors, partners, the media and potential customers, both within Australia and overseas.


About the iAwards Chief Judge

Gary Buck is a highly experienced global CIO.

His first CIO role was 20 years ago when he was appointed to be the inaugural CIO appointee to the IT arm of BHP. This was the early days of outsourcing with BHP Information Technology having around 2000 employees delivering services to both its parent company and non-related entities.

Subsequent to that Gary has had several CIO appointments in the mining industry which saw him with responsibilities in locations such as Mozambique, South Africa, Suriname, Canada, Democratic Republic of Congo, Guinea, England and Australia. He was also the CIO of a very large global membership organisation. 

Between these roles he has also gained invaluable experience negotiating multi-million dollar global deals against industry heavyweights like Microsoft, Oracle, SAP, IBM, HP, Lenovo, Cisco, Telstra and France Telecom / Equant.

Toss in to the mix some experience having total responsibility for IT security for a global top 10 organisation and then assisting an Indian IT major to build a mining presence and you can see, he has a broad and fascinating background.

Gary is now semi-retired and lives in Melbourne Australia with his wife Sandy, as do his three adult sons.

He spends most of his time now assisting NFP’s.


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