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Meet our 2013 big awards winners

BIG ideas, BIG prizes, BIG Awards winners – see why they stole the show!

Competition at this year's BIG Awards was intense. We had some impressive ideas and really outstanding entries across a range of industries and technologies – from amazing apps and sophisticated software to intelligent analytics.

So, hats off to everyone that was shortlisted and a massive congratulations to our BIG Awards winners:

uMotif

uMotif stole the show, winning first place.uMotif creates applications and software to help people achieve their health goals through self-tracking. Its primary focus is on health, fitness and well-being, with apps that help post-operative recovery and the treatment of Parkinson's disease and Diabetes.

uMotif's entry met the brief for our internet of things (IOE) category, picking up a cheque for $100,000, in a total prize package of $200,000. The package includes 12 months of mentoring and advice from Cisco and its partners, including PR, marketing, HR and legal services from Octopus Communications, dnx, Right Management and Bird & Bird.

Whisk


Whisk took second place for its impressive entry into the big data category. It’s an intelligent app that makes home cooking easy. It uses technology to understand recipes, wines, foods and supermarket products.

Actual Experience


Actual Experience picked up third place, also for its entry in the big data category. The smart analytics-as-a-service product reports how well software and applications are performing, then recommends ways to improve the experience.

You can keep up to date on our winners' ideas as their businesses and technologies develop.
Just keep an eye on the website.

You can also check out how Snap Fashion and Digital Shadows are doing since picking up at the BIG Awards 2012.

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About The BIG Awards

The BIG Awards funds and supports up-and-coming innovators, entrepreneurs and startups.

This year's prizes:

  • First prize - $200K including 12 month mentoring from within Cisco and our Sponsoring Partners.
  • Second prize - $25K
  • Third prize - $10k

Running until 2016, the annual competition will provide winners with mentoring, training and access to business expertise from Cisco and other supporting organisations. There'll also be the opportunity to develop, test and pilot new technologies, plus potential investment and partnering opportunities in the future.

The BIG Awards is looking for technology-based business ideas that are already off the ground in some way. Better still, if you have a prototype or a proof of concept, we want to hear from you.

What do we mean by hi-tech business idea? Well, it's really broad - ideally digital, cloud or network-based solutions and relevant to one of the following categories:

The Internet of Everything

In this category, we are looking for submissions which can help both the public and private sector benefit from the potential of the 'Internet of Everything', utilising the network as the platform to deliver economic, social and environmental sustainability.

Collaboration

In this category, we are looking for submissions which can help both the public and private sector benefit from the BIG potential of the "Collaboration, Video and Social Media”, utilizing the network as the platform to deliver economic, social and environmental sustainability.

Mobility

In this category, we are looking for submissions which can help both the public and private sector benefit from the BIG potential of the "Mobility Solutions”, utilizing the network as the platform to deliver economic, social and environmental sustainability.

Big Data

In this category, we are looking for submissions which can help both the public and private sector benefit from the BIG potential of the "Big Data, Data Centre/Virtualisation”, utilizing the network as the platform to deliver economic, social and environmental sustainability.

With the overall aim of discovering excellence in innovation and business acumen, the BIG Awards will:

  • Help winners and finalists go to market
  • The programme will accelerate their ideas and business development
  • Use technology as a catalyst for innovation and growing business ideas
  • Bring businesses, governments and online communities together on innovation and entrepreneurship

The BIG Awards will be managed by Cisco using the latest open innovation techniques. Powered by Cisco I-Prize, the BIG Awards will also use Cisco's world-class collaboration and communications technologies.

Still unsure?
Take a peek at the 2012 finalists for the range of ideas, initiatives, products and innovations that made the cut last year.

2012 Winners Blogs »

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