The 2021 iTnews Benchmark Awards are now open.
What are the awards?
The iTnews Benchmark Awards see large end-user organisations nominate their IT staff or project teams nominate their work, to showcase the ways they've innovated and added value.
The deadline for entries has been extended to December 4, 2020.
Who can enter?
The awards focus on projects by large end-user organisations, which are invited to nominate projects.
Technology companies/contractors can also nominate client projects, but they must have approval from their client to nominate the project and to submit information about it. This is a client-focused awards program, focusing on the client’s challenges and how a project helped them. So the client must also be prepared to accept an award and speak about the project publically (finalists will be invited to speak on video about their project). The client will also be invited to attend the iTnews Benchmark Awards event (pending COVID-19 regulations) if their project is a finalist.
This year, there are eight project categories:
Lastly, one project from among the category winners will be selected as Australian Technology Project of the Year.
Enter the Benchmark Awards
The entry process is straightforward: Fill in the online entry form, which should take 10-15 minutes to complete (you can also refer to this PDF or Word doc, but use them for reference only and do not send them to us. You must fill in the online entry form.)
Who judges the Benchmark Awards?
Finalists in each category are chosen by iTnews’ award-winning editorial team and expert advisors. The Project of the Year is decided by a panel of external judges, working with the iTnews team. Event sponsors including KPMG have no involvement whatsoever in the judging process, soliciting entries or writing entries. Category finalists are revealed to sponsors before the event, but category winners are not known to anyone outside iTnews' publisher nextmedia, and judges, before the awards night.
The finalists will be selected on the following criteria:
Announcement of finalists and winners
Finalists will be announced on December 14 on iTnews.
Winners will be announced in a video awards ceremony published online by iTnews on March 25. Or, if government COVID-19 restrictions allow, at a series of dinners in March 2021 at the KPMG offices in Barangaroo in Sydney.
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