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WAI Awards 2022 

Australia - New Zealand 

Are you a female innovator in the AI field and based in Australia or New Zealand?

We are looking for you!


WAI Awards 2022 will honour the top Australian and New Zealand women in AI: the pioneers who are taking the road less travelled; the women who are paving the way for others to reach even further and to dare to dream even bigger.


Committed to supporting and rewarding excellence to women in AI, the WAI Awards 2022 will be prestigious in their recognition and vital in building the credibility and exposure for women in AI in Australia and New Zealand.

Who can Apply?
Inspiring women who are working, leading, creating or demonstrating innovation in AI in the following sectors: 
  • Industry 
  • Government 
  • Universities 
  • Research institutes 
  • Startups 
  • NGOs 
Each of the 14 award categories have judging criteria based on: 
  • Innovation  
  • Leadership and inspiring potential  
  • Global potential and impact  
  • Ability for the AI solution to do good for the community and its citizens 
WAI Awards 2022 Gala Dinner

The highly anticipated and spectacular invite-only WAI Awards 2022 Gala Dinner will be held in Melbourne on the 
31st March 2022.

The Great Hall at the National Gallery of Victoria will set the stunning stage for the presentation of the Award for each category and to announce the winner of the coveted Australia-New Zealand WAI Innovator of the Year Award

An exclusive VIP pre-dinner Soirée will be held on the Garden Terrace for the VIP Guests of the Diamond, Premium and Lead Partners together with a curated invitation list of Guests of Honour. 


The WAI Awards Gala Dinner has become the must-attend annual calendar event for the business world in gathering the leaders and influencers from industry, academia and government, prominent and influential AI thought leaders, AI enthusiasts, venture capitalists and startups to honour and recognise Australian and New Zealand women in AI. 
The winner from each Award category will be entered into judging for the ...

Grand Award: 'Australia - New Zealand WAI Innovator of the Year'

And a new award for 2022...

'Australia - New Zealand WAI Trailblazer'

All WAI award winners will benefit from endorsement, prestige, recognition, opportunities for collaboration, and extensive national and global media exposure.
 $30,000 Prize Pool
 Grand Award Winner - $12,000

Grand Award first runner-up - $8,000

Grand Award second runner-up - $6,000

Australia - New Zealand WAI Trailblazer - $4,000

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