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2016 Australian Not-For-Profit Technology Awards – the Winners!


The inaugural Australian Not-For-Profit Technology Awards, recognising the very best in technology innovation from across the Australian NFP sector, was also held in conjunction with this year’s ConnectingUp NFP Conference. Taking place on Thursday night (19 May) in the spectacular Main Hall of the historic Arts Centre, six categories of winners were announced, with two commendation awards also announced on the night.

easyEMPLOYER were a key contributor to the inaugural Awards, supporting the Not-For-Profit Technology Innovator of the Year award. Leading child protection charity, Barnardos Australia, took home the Innovator of the Year award prize for their ‘MyStory’ initiative. Michael Hazilias CEO of easyEMPLOYER (second from right in the image above) presented the award to the MyStory Barnados Team. Click on the link to see the video of the presentation: easyEMPLOYER Not-For-Profit Technology Innovator of the Year –  Barnardos Australia

“MyStory brings technology to the forefront of case work. It combines evidence-based best practice with simple, easy to use tools that caseworkers can use on-the-go,” said Wendi Keenan, Senior Manager, Barnardos Practice Development Centre.

COPE: Centre of Perinatal Excellence, were acknowledged with a runner-up award in this category for their creation iCOPE, a digital platform to identify new and expectant mothers at risk of antenatal and postnatal depression and anxiety.

Other award winners included Daniel Billing, CEO of the Indigenous Reading Project, acknowledged with the Volunteering Australia Technology Volunteer of the Year award.  “We’re a small start-up now, but we are going to transform education for Indigenous kids in Australia using technology and innovation to drive change,” said Billing.

Full List of Winners (videos)

About the ConnectingUp Conference – NFPs, innovation, technology.

NFP organisations converged upon the heritage listed Hawthorn Arts Centre in Melbourne last week (18-20 May) for the three-day interactive event, seeking to discover new solutions to further engage their communities and to improve organisational practices through the use of technology.

“Keeping up-to-date with technological changes is one of the greatest challenges identified by NFP organisations. The Connecting Up Conference aims to empower the NFP sector to take control of new technologies, providing organisations with the necessary tools so that they can continue to contribute to the betterment of society”, Anne Gawen, CEO of Connecting Up.

Conference attendees were treated to stream presentations from leaders in the not-for-profit and technology sectors, covering three main themes: CONNECT, teaching NFP organisations about new trends in digital marketing, communications and social media; INNOVATE, presenting the latest and upcoming innovations in technology; and CHANGE, bringing thought-provoking ideas on leadership and strategy.

Mark McCrindle, award-winning social researcher and director at McCrindle Research, and one of the keynote speakers at this year’s Conference, delivered the opening plenary address, educating NFP organisations on the significant demographic, social, generational and technological changes that have taken place over the last decade, and how the approach to building and leveraging donors and supporters has evolved.

The Conference also provided an opportunity for NFP organisations to connect with sponsors and exhibitors from across the technology sector, and to gain access to special one-on-one mentoring sessions with technology. Volunteer representatives from leading technology organisations including Microsoft and Infoxchange met with conference attendees to discuss their unique challenges in the evolving technological landscape, and to provide mentoring in the areas of mobility, devices, technology strategy, Office 365 and more.