Finalists of 'Next Big Thing Award' announced

Monday, 25 May, 2009

A paper water bottle, a musical robot, a biodegradable fishing sinker, a palm-sized ultrasound device which acts like a visual stethoscope, a movable power point, a secure online file management and storage mechanism, and a fingerprint lock are just some of the original innovations to make the 25 finalists of INNOVIC’s International Next Big Thing Award 2009.

“With the award going international this year, we have had entries from many countries as well as all states and territories," said Joss Evans, CEO of INNOVIC.

“Entries this year reflect the key challenges of our time in the medical, environmental and ICT fields."

The Melbourne Museum will host a special exhibition* of the finalists’ innovations from 30 May to 12 July 2009.

Visitors to the free showcase will be able to vote in the People’s Choice award, with the winning innovator presented with a $3000 cheque, trophy and prizes. Online voting is available at www.nextbigthingaward.com.

The winners will be announced at an award presentation ceremony in Melbourne on 2 July 2009.

The overall winner of INNOVIC’s International Next Big Thing Award 2009 will win $10,000 cash plus other prizes, including design work from Rankin Design, media exposure and an MYOB Business Management software package.

*Dates: 30 May – 12 July 2009
 Times: Daily 10.00 - 5.00pm
 Venue: Melbourne Museum (free)

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