• Entering the Digital Utility Awards

     

    The Digital Utility Awards are a unique celebration of the people, projects and organisations at the forefront of digital transformation.

     

    We’re looking for entries that match the category criteria, with the key information and relevant data clearly showcased. Information about how to enter is provided below.

Eligibility

 

Any utility across Australia may nominate themselves or be nominated for these awards. All organisations are permitted to enter multiple categories and submit multiple nominations in the same category.

The Best Customer Innovation and Best Use of New Technology awards also welcome entries from consultants, contractors and suppliers. If the nomination involves a partnership or collaboration with a utility, then it will be judged favourably.

The project or innovation in most cases should be completed during FY 2019/20. Any person nominated must be employed by the organisation specified in their entry when the award presentations take place.

Judging criteria

Digital Utility of the Year – Energy
Awarded to the energy utility showcasing the best use and implementation of digital technologies, tools and processes across their organisation.

 

Judges will look for:

  • Evidence that the utility is doing something original/new in regards to digitisation
  • Evidence that the work this utility is undertaking is radically improving existing networks and/or current systems
  • Evidence that the utility is implementing digital technology to its full potential
  • Evidence that the digital projects the utility is undertaking are cost-effective
  • Evidence of a clear long-term digitisation plan/goal for the utility

Digital Utility of the Year – Water
Awarded to the water utility showcasing the best use and implementation of digital technologies, tools and processes across their organisation.

 

Judges will look for:

  • Evidence that the utility is doing something original/new in regards to digitisation
  • Evidence that the work this utility is undertaking is radically improving existing networks and/or current systems
  • Evidence that the utility is implementing digital technology to its full potential
  • Evidence that the digital projects the utility is undertaking are cost-effective
  • Evidence of a clear long-term digitisation plan/goal for the utility

Utility Innovator of the Year
Awarded to the individual making the biggest contribution to the digital transformation of their utility.

Judges will look for:

  • Evidence which clearly demonstrates the individual’s capabilities and shows the individual going above and beyond the call of duty to help achieve digital transformation within their organisation
  • Information about the individual’s position, experience, training, qualifications or notable achievements
  • Evidence of a real commitment to the utility industry from the individual

Young Digital Leader of the Year
Awarded to the young person (under 35) demonstrating outstanding performance and passion for achieving digital transformation within their utility.

 

Judges will look for:

  • Evidence which clearly demonstrates the individual’s capabilities and their potential to
    make a positive impact on achieving digital transformation within their organisation
  • Information about the individual’s position, experience, training or qualifications
  • Evidence of a real commitment to the utility industry from the individual

Best Use of New Technology
In recognition of the best new technology in place across a utility network.

 

Judges will look for:

  • Evidence that the technology is original and/or represents a break away from established methods and processes
  • Evidence of the technology radically simplifying or improving existing networks and/or current systems
  • Evidence that the technology has been implemented to its fullest potential
  • Evidence that there is a long-term vision for this technology
  • Evidence that the technology is cost-effective and sustainable

Best Customer Innovation
In recognition of the best digital innovation focused on improving customer outcomes and experience.

 

Judges will look for:

  • Evidence that the customer innovation is an original concept
  • Evidence that this innovation improves or fixes an existing problem for customers and/or there have been measurable improvements for customers
  • Evidence that the innovation is functional and easy to use, and, if applicable, the innovation is easy for a customer to implement
  • Evidence that consultation has been built into the development, implementation or monitoring of the innovation
  • Evidence that the innovation can be used by a wider customer-base and/or there is scope for it to be implemented elsewhere

Entry information

 

When preparing your nomination, please consider the judging criteria for each award category and ensure your submission addresses the reasons why your nominated person, organisation or project is a deserving winner of the award.

Please include a PDF or Word document, which outlines your reasons for nominating the organisation/individual/project/technology/innovation for the award category in question.

We suggest a word limit of between 500 and 1000 words for this document. How you spread the word count to address the judging criteria is up to you.

Applicants can also submit up to two supporting documents, images or video files for consideration along with their nomination.

Digital Utility Awards entry form








Key dates

 

All nominations are to be uploaded using the form above by Friday 7 February 2020.

After this date, all nominations will be reviewed and all finalists will be notified by Friday 14 February.

The awards will be handed out at the Digital Utilities gala dinner on Thursday 19 March. Highlights from the 2019 awards ceremony can be found here.

If you have any questions, please contact [email protected]a.com.au.

2020 Judges

Andrew Dillon

Andrew Dillon
Chief Executive Officer, Energy Networks Australia

Adam Lovell WSAA

Adam Lovell
Executive Director, Water Services Association of Australia

Tony Martin

Tony Martin
Oceania Advisory Leader, Energy Transition, EY