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Steve Wozniak is coming to present these tech awards in Sydney and Sir Richard Branson is among the judges

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Steve Wozniak, one of the judges

Leading global IT recruitment company Talent has officially launched the 2016 Talent Unleashed Awards, simultaneously announcing that Silicon Valley icon and entrepreneur Steve Wozniak will be judging and presenting the awards live at an exclusive event in Sydney.

Sir Richard Branson will also be headlining the Talent Unleashed judging panel for the fourth consecutive year, contributing his vast business acumen and entrepreneurial expertise as an online judge.

The Talent Unleashed Awards identify and celebrate game-changing, ground-breaking technology entrepreneurs and businesses from around the world across five categories.

After the UK and APAC finals take place in London and Melbourne in July, the regional category finalists will fly to Sydney to take centre stage for an ultimate pitch to the panel of judges at the Global Grand Finals event on 18 August 2016 where Steve Wozniak will be presenting the awards to the winners.

The judges’ panel is very impressive

The panel of judges represent a diverse range of inspiring entrepreneurial leaders from Australia and overseas – aside from the visionary Steve Wozniak and the legendary Sir Richard Branson, the global grand finals will be judged by Cliff Rosenberg (Managing Director SE Asia and Australia at LinkedIn), Dan Radcliffe (Founder and Executive Director of International Volunteer HQ), Jane Tewson (Executive Director of Igniting Change), Jade Zhang (Managing Director of Okmno Asia) Patrick Grove (Group CEO and Chairman, Catcha Group) and Yat Sui (Founder and CEO of Outblaze).

Categories in the 2016 Talent Unleashed awards include:

  • Best Start-up – Social Impact
  • Best Start-up – Tech Innovation
  • Best Digital SME – Tech Innovation
  • Most Disruptive CIO / CTO
  • Best Tech IPO / Venture Capital Raising
Sir Richard Branson and Talent’s Founder and Executive Chairman Richard Earl
Sir Richard Branson and Talent’s Founder and Executive Chairman Richard Earl

“At Talent, we’re passionate about celebrating innovation and tomorrow’s technology leaders,” said Richard Earl, Founder and Executive Chairman of Talent, “These awards are an opportunity to acknowledge and inspire disruption and innovation in Australia’s technology sector, and a great way to help up-and-coming entrepreneurs unleash their ideas and vision across the UK & Europe and the APAC region.”

“The technology sector will continue to transform and disrupt the global economy for many years to come and importantly can make the world a better place. We must encourage more talented individuals and organisations to become bolder and more active and in the process help drive innovation, invention and more efficiency and change across many sectors,” Sir Richard Branson remarked.

Entries are now open, and will close on 27 May 2016. A shortlist of finalists will be announced on 20 June 2016.

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