BuildingIQ in the Big Leagues: My Experience at the National iAwards Gala – BuildingIQ


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BuildingIQ in the Big Leagues: My Experience at the National iAwards Gala

Borislav Savkovic, Lead Data Scientist
September 4, 2015

This has been an exciting year for BuildingIQ, full of new projects, new partnerships and some thrilling award wins, including our most recent for sustainability at the national iAwards last month.

The iAwards honour top Australians at the cutting edge of ICT innovation and recognize groundbreaking ideas brought to fruition through the efforts of Australia’s finest, spanning from start-ups and companies in both the private and public sectors to research institutions and even schools and universities. Being conveniently located near the Melbourne Convention and Exhibition Centre, I was fortunate enough to be able to represent BuildingIQ at the gala event where the winners were announced.

I want to point out what a big achievement this is – months in the making. My colleague, Roy Arindam, our national director of sales, was very involved throughout the process. It is through his efforts and presentation to the iAwards’ judges that we were able to successfully navigate the road from state-level winner in New South Wales to national victor for Australia.

Not only does this win provide us with a shiny new addition to our trophy case, but the gala event offered us great exposure and the chance to network with a top-rate group of industry leaders. At the core of the national iAwards, is the idea of sharing and learning from one another – a meeting of the minds. The event offered me the chance to network with numerous key business leaders who paved the way for the industry we know today as well as remarkable school students and local start-ups who are carving out the road to tomorrow. About 900 delegates came together to represent the industry, including representatives from Intel, Microsoft, KPMG, NICTA and CSIRO among other companies. There were even a few senators and parliamentary secretaries in the mix who watched as BuildingIQ was celebrated in our category.

While I’d love to continue singing BuildingIQ’s praises, I think it’s important to point out the caliber of our fellow winners – as it is further proof of what a true achievement this win is for us. There were more than 15 categories represented at this event, ranging from sustainability to financial, education and healthcare. The winners and merit recipients honored that night are among the best and brightest in Australia and it’s exciting to see where their work will take them and our country.

Kate Burleigh, Managing Director Intel Australia/NZ and Chair of the iAwards Steering Committee, stood in awe of the quality of this year’s national finalists and I couldn’t agree more. It was inspiring to be in the same room as them all and offered crucial networking opportunities for us while also putting BuildingIQ directly in front of key decision makers and industry leaders.

So, what’s next for us? BuildingIQ, along with the other winners and merit awardees, now has the opportunity to compete at the Asia Pacific ICT Alliance Awards (APICTA Awards) in Sri Lanka against companies from 13 countries –further expanding our audience and reach!

Look out because here we come!

Borislav Savkovic, Lead Data Scientist

Borislav Savkovic, Lead Data Scientist