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Gizmo receives Inaugural B2Bcafe Black Box Innovation Award

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June 4, 2004

Friday September 12, 2003 Gizmo Magazine was named one of the four winners of the inaugural B2Bcafe Black Box Innovation Awards at Federation Square in Melbourne last night.

Dr David Warren, the Australian inventor behind the Black Box Flight Recorder presented the four awards open to innovators across all industry sectors.

"The Black Box is an Australian innovation icon and serves as a metaphor for would-be inventors," explained B2Bcafe founder Warren Lester. "Dr David Warren developed the original Black Box prototype but couldn't convince others that there was a market for it. Both Dr Warren and Australia lost out when more opportunistic parties successfully commercialized the product offshore.

"The Black Box also highlights the extent of Australia's unrealized opportunities and that's the reason for the awards to publicly recognize true Australia innovation and avoid losing future commercial openings."

The four Black Box Awards were presented to companies in four different award categories; Small (less than 5 staff); Medium (6-100 staff); Large (more than 101 staff) and Not-for-profit organizations.

Award criteria stipulates that the innovation must be a tangible working product or service operating in the marketplace, Australian, and provide a meaningful contribution to society. Commercial success or maturity of the venture does not determine the awards.

Inaugural B2Bcafe Black Box Innovation Awards winners

  • Micro (less than 5 staff): Gizmo Magazine. Gizmo is a multiple-medium magazine which has a bi-monthly A6 print issue, a weekly email newsletter, PDF downloadable back issues and a website covering invention, innovation and emerging technologies.
  • Medium (6-100 staff): Victorian Institute of SportInnovation. SportInnovation received it's gong for the development of highly realistic virtual reality game environments created by specific software that can be manipulated by the coach to give his/her athletes added perceptive skills training.
  • Large (more 101 staff): Schiavello (Commercial Office Furniture). Schiavello's specifically designed desk enables and enhances "hot-desking" environments with all required features for comfort, lighting, cabling and multiple uses.
  • Not for Profit: ISX (Indigenous Stock Exchange). The ISX provides a trading floor for small business in a joint venture with the Brotherhood of St Lawrence. Its forum has been created to promote and facilitate businesses within the community supported by the community.
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Mike Hanlon Mike grew up thinking he would become a mathematician, accidentally started motorcycle racing, got a job writing road tests for a motorcycle magazine while at university, and became a writer. As a travelling photojournalist during his early career, his work was published in a dozen languages across 20+ countries. He went on to edit or manage over 50 print publications, with target audiences ranging from pensioners to plumbers, many different sports, many car and motorcycle magazines, with many more in the fields of communication - narrow subject magazines on topics such as advertising, marketing, visual communications, design, presentation and direct marketing. Then came the internet and Mike managed internet projects for Australia's largest multimedia company, Telstra.com.au (Australia's largest Telco), Seek.com.au (Australia's largest employment site), top100.com.au, hitwise.com, and a dozen other internet start-ups before founding Gizmag in 2002. Now he writes and thinks. All articles by Mike Hanlon
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