Finalists revealed for 2016 Finder Innovation Awards
Winners to be revealed at a gala event on 10 November.
The finalists for finder.com.au's first Innovation Awards have been revealed, with fresh young startups and some of Australia's biggest companies competing for a range of awards celebrating innovation and technology down under.
"Judges were impressed with the calibre of entries across the board," finder.com.au co-founder and director Fred Schebesta said. "It was humbling to read and review submissions, each which showcased a commitment to innovating and making everyday Australians' lives easier."
The winners will be announced at Doltone House, Hyde Park on Thursday 10 November with media personality and host of The New Inventors James O'Loghlin as MC. On the night, finder.com.au will give the Gold Innovation Award winner to the highest-scoring entry. Each category was judged by experts from across finder.com.au, with assistance from a guest judge.
Here's the full list of finalists (and our guest judges):
Best Telco Customer Innovation
Guest judge: Teresa Corbin, CEO of ACCAN
Best Tech Innovation
- Acorns Grow Australia
- Macquarie Bank
- Cash by Optus
Guest judge: Foad Fadaghi, Managing Director at Telsyte
Best Mobile Payments Service
- Android, Android Pay
- Apple, Apple Pay
- Optus, Cash by Optus
- Samsung, Samsung Pay
Guest judge: Lisa Montgomery, Consumer Finance Specialist
Best Internet Banking
- ING, ING Direct
- CommBank, NetBank
- Travel Money, Key to the World Digital Travel Wallet
- Beyond Bank, Beyond Finance Manager
- Macquarie Bank, Macquarie Bank Digital Banking
Guest judge: Emma Blake, Editorial Commercial Partnerships Manager and former Editor moneysaverHQ, News Corp
Best Personal Finance App
- Acorns Grow Australia, Acorns App
- American Express, Amex AU App
- CommBank, CommBank App
- Pocketbook Australia, Pocketbook App
Guest judge: Chris Jager, Editor of Lifehacker Australia
Best Online Customer Service
- Fast Cover Travel Insurance
Guest judge: Anouche Newman, CEO, Customer Service Institute of Australia
Most Innovative Team/Person
- Smarter Property Investing
Guest judge: Paul Colgan, Editor of Business Insider
Each finalist will receive two complimentary tickets to the awards, and a limited number of extra tickets are available.