The maven judges have not yet cast their votes. The full ranked index will be revealed on 30 May 2014.
What was the process?
Anthill readers were invited to submit detailed applications by completing questions, such as…
This innovation improves on what came before because…
The outcomes of these applications were amalgamated and short-listed to assemble the Top 100. That is what you are reading below, in addition to a short list of innovations that did not make it into the Top 100 but raised our eyebrows nonetheless… in a good way!
This is not the final ranking. The outcomes below are presented in alphabetical order.
Meanwhile, elsewhere on this site (in an undisclosed location), over 100 ‘maven’ judges are busy evaluating entries, using an online tool developed by Anthill to reflect a set of eight, individually weighted, criteria. There combined wisdom will provide the ranked list.
So, what’s a maven?
Most people define a maven as a trusted expert in a particular field. The word comes from the Yiddish meyvn and Hebrew mevin (מבֿין), with the same meaning, which in turn derives from the Hebrew binah, meaning understanding.
For our purposes, a maven also means a person who seeks to pass on this knowledge to others – an intense gatherer of information and impressions, the first to pick up on new or nascent trends and share them.
Mavens play a vital role in the commercial success of new products and services.
Unlike early-adopters, who are attracted to any new technology, mavens are more discerning. They are thoughtful in their approach to the adoption of innovations and that is why they are often turned to as trusted advisers.
A successful innovation may be attractive to your average early-adopter but mavens are the people who will bring a successful innovation into the mainstream.
As a result, Anthill’s SMART 100 are not chosen simply due to the novel or unique nature of the innovations but because of the potential of each to achieve consumer adoption and commercial success.
Here are the Top 100 (in alphabetical order)…
Here are the Honourable Mentions (in alphabetical order)…
|Alive Mobile Pty Ltd||NSW|
|Asset Guard Pty Ltd||QLD|
|Australian Payroll Association||NSW|
|BDS.com.au Pty Ltd||QLD|
|BliiP Global Employability||QLD|
|Business Boost Centre||ACT|
|Dental Business Coaching||NSW|
|Department of Science, Information Technology, Innovation and the Arts||ACT|
|DesignCrowd – www.designcrowd.com.au||NSW|
|edimensions Pty Ltd trading as School24||NSW|
|EsDesign Co., Ltd||NSW|
|Evolve Network Australia||NSW|
|Get Informed Pty Ltd||VIC|
|Kenna Law Barristers and Solicitors||VIC|
|L K Apps Pty Ltd||WA|
|Livlicious Pty Ltd||VIC|
|Next Place Pty Limited||VIC|
|PartnerUp Pty Ltd||NSW|
|Paws for Life||NSW|
|Propagagate World Wide Pty Ltd||VIC|
|Ruby Cha Cha||NSW|
|The Coder Factory||WA|
|The Creative Collective||QLD|
|The Football Factory||WVIC|
|The ITEMS System||QLD|
|The Trainers Ultimate Toolkit||NSW|
|United States Connect Pty Ltd||NSW|
|Unleash Your Alpha||NSW|
|WARDY IT Solutions||QLD|
On 30 May 2014, the ranking of the Top 100 will be revealed at an evening awards gala and shin-dig at the Museum of Contemporary Art, overlooking the Opera House and Bridge, beside Sydney’s picturesque harbour.
This night will celebrate the achievements of the Top 100 and the Honourable mentions, providing a rich networking opportunity and fun environment to learn more about what makes an innovation commercially successful.