Excellence in Innovation

You’re thinking about entering the Excellence in Innovation Category? Excellent!

Nominations are open for consideration of the Excellence in Innovation Award at the annual Hunter Manufacturing Awards.

Registration takes 5 minutes. Applications are open from 8 May and close 19 July. If you have been unable to meet the deadline, please contact HMA to make an alternate arrangement.

Please read the following definition before completing your application form to ensure you are submitting in the correct category.

Definitions & Guidelines

To assist you with this application the judges have provided some guidelines.

When providing your answers, the “For Example” / guidelines we have suggested for each question are not intended to be exhaustive. They are designed as examples and prompts to help you understand the judges’ requirements. It is important that where you state that you have evidence in support of the specific question you are answering, you need to provide that evidence – usually, a generic brochure or company overview is not sufficient.

Focus of the Category

This category recognises businesses that have established innovation as a core capability in their business and used it to consistently identify, plan and execute value-adding new ideas.  An innovation is a significant leap forward for the business rather than an incremental improvement.

The first section of the application focuses on the system established to consistently generate value-add innovations.  The second section provides an opportunity to showcase a specific example.

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Example Information Required

Each of the listed criteria must be addressed and where possible, evidence provided

Photographs, drawings, etc, may be included as an attachment to this application form and should be labelled clearly for the judges. E.g. Question 3 – evidence provided

Please address the following criteria and restrict the content of each criteria response to 200 words or less. For example; Question 1 can only have a maximum of 200 words.

Maximum File Size

The entry form allows a maximum file size of 20MB to be uploaded. If you are having issues with the size of your example files, please contact Carol McEwan on info@hma.org.au or call 0438 242 899 to make an alternate arrangement to send your file(s).

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Judging Criteria & Values

Below is a breakdown of each question, the criteria judges will be looking for and the value of each question.

Question Judging Criteria Value
  1. Your Innovation System - Aspiration
  • Tell us about the vision that you have developed for innovation in your business.
  • Describe the approach you have taken to make innovation a core capability.
  • Are you following a particular model or have you developed your own?
  • What contribution to the growth of your business are you expecting from your innovation focus?
  • How have you established clear targets and accountabilities in the business to support your vision?

5 / 100

  1. Your Innovation System - Choice
  • How do you manage the portfolio of opportunities to ensure that the best ideas are clearly identified and developed?
  • How do you manage the portfolio of opportunities to ensure that the best ideas are clearly identified and developed?
  • How do you provide the resources to manage your innovation portfolio?

5 / 100

  1. Your Innovation System - Discovery
  • How do you gather the information you need to help you build new insights and opportunities?
  • To what extent is this information flow directly sourced from your relationship with customers and suppliers?

5 / 100

  1. Your Innovation System - Evolution
  • Describe the approach you take to building the best fit business model for your products and services.
  • .  Have you added additional options identified as of value to your customers?
  • How has your innovation system helped in diversifying your profit streams?

5 / 100

  1. Your Innovation System - Acceleration
  • Do you beat the competition by developing and launching innovations quickly and effectively?
  • Describe how you have revamped your planning and execution approaches to strengthen them.
  • How do you ensure that the best people in your business are available to work on innovations, regardless of where they may work?

5 / 100

  1. Your Innovation System - Scaling
  • Describe your go-to-market planning approach, how you manage product launches and how you ramp up operations as required.
  • Describe your go-to-market planning approach, how you manage product launches and how you ramp up operations as required.

5 / 100

  1. Your Innovation System - Extension
  • Describe your efforts to establish strategic external networks.
  • How have you invested in building collaboration skills?
  • What have you done to become a partner of choice for other quality firms?

5 / 100

  1. Your Innovation System - Mobilisation
  • Are your people motivated, rewarded, and organised to innovate repeatedly?
  • Describe the initiatives you have put in place to encourage and develop a culture and team that supports sustained, successful innovation.
  • How do you maintain an open, learning approach to your business and ensure its ability to adapt in the market.?

5 / 100

  1. Your Innovation - Describe an innovation you have identified, planned and executed. The innovation can relate to a new product or service and / or reflect innovative changes to manufacturing processes or supply chain management
  • What does the innovation do?
  • How does it work?
  • How does it work?
  • How does the innovation differ from what is currently available?

10 / 100

  1. Origins – How was the opportunity for the innovation identified?
  • Explain how you developed / discovered the idea.
  • What lead you to this? Were you trying to solve a problem?
  • How did you find or identify the problem?

10 / 100

  1. Business Case – How was the opportunity for the innovation evaluated to ensure it would create value for the organisation?
  • Why do you believe there is a market?
  • What market research have you undertaken?
  • What market research have you undertaken?
  • Is this part of a plan to diversify the business or new strategic initiative?

10 / 100

  1. Implementation – How was the innovation successfully integrated into the business or taken to market?
  • What is your unique selling position?
  • What is your ‘go to’ market plan?
  • Have you identified market segments / buyers?

10 / 100

  1. Risk Management – How were these risks associated with the innovation assessed and managed?
  • Are there any risks in supply of components or services? i.e. supply chain risk? Consider the following – Safety, Environmental, Reputational Risk, Commercial – risk to existing business or product lines, Social / Corporate Responsibility

10 / 100

  1. Competitive Advantage – What competitive advantages have been generated for your business through implementation of this innovation?
  • Describe how the innovation has delivered improved competitive advantage for your business. Has it impacted financial or operational performance?  Has it strengthened your market engagement?

10 / 100

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Previous Year's Winner

Excellence In Innovation – ORICA

2019 Winner – ORICA 

A very clever and innovative product that will truly benefit society by reducing bacterial infections in health facilities, combined with a very high-quality application. This product has global ramifications.

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Please Register first before completing your application form. Registration takes 5 minutes and close 30th August 2020.

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