Awards Criteria

Agriculture: Agriculture/Agrifood

This award honours the successful discovery, development, and/or commercialization of novel technology or process with significant benefit within the agricultural and food industry.

Artificial Intelligence (AI)/Machine Learning (ML): AI/ML Advancement and Application ** NEW **

This award is honouring leadership and significant contribution through the discovery, application and/or implementation of Artificial Intelligence/Machine Learning (AI/ML) technology.

Digital: Digital (General)

This award is honouring leadership and significant contribution through the discovery, application and/or implementation of technology products or processes.

Construction: Construction/Smart Cities/Transportation ** NEW **

This award is honouring leadership and significant contribution through the discovery, application and/or implementation in the construction, smart cities, and transportation sectors that advance science or technology.

Cleantech: Energy/Cleantech

This award is honouring leadership and significant contribution through the discovery, application and/or implementation in the energy or cleantech sectors that advance science or technology.

Energy & Environment: Environmental Innovation in Energy Applications

This award honours work leading to innovations in the energy sector that advance the science or technology and have a positive environmental impact.

Environment: Environment/Water

This award is honouring leadership and significant contribution through the discovery, application and/or implementation in the environmental or water management/treatment sectors that advance science or technology.

Health: Medical/Healthcare/Pharmaceuticals

This award is honouring leadership and significant contribution through the discovery, application and/or implementation in the medical or healthcare/management sectors that advance science or technology.

Social/Educational: Social Innovation/Educational Technologies **NEW**

This award is honouring leadership and significant contribution through the discovery, application and/or implementation in social innovation or educational technologies - that advance the body of knowledge or their application.

Sustainability: Sustainability Solutions/Approaches **NEW**

This award is honouring leadership and significant contribution through the discovery, application and/or implementation in sustainable solutions - that advance science or technology and/or their application.

Change Makers: Early Career

This award honours leadership potential in science, technology, engineering and mathematics teaching, research, entrepreneurship or a technology-based business. Nominees must exemplify qualities which are expected to make them a future leader in Alberta's innovation community.

Early Adopter Customer of Alberta Innovation: Early Adopter of Innovation (Combination: Customer and Alberta Innovator) **NEW**

This award honours the value and/or partnership provided by an early-adopter-customer-company and an innovative Alberta SME technology company - in delivering customer value, advancing the acceptance of innovation, supporting the growth of the Alberta-based entrepreneurial company, and/or growing the Alberta innovation community.

Indigenous Entrepreneurship/Knowledge Contribution: Indigenous-led Entrepreneurship and Contribution to Knowledge **NEW**

This award honours outstanding indigenous entrepreneurship and significant contributions to knowledge.

Innovation: Innovation of the Year Award (Entrepreneur/Startup/SME Company)

This award honours outstanding leadership in the innovation ecosystem by leveraging new thinking, new solutions and a new path to create global impact in a science or technology-driven sector.

Regional Innovation Champions: Regional Champion (8 Regions across Alberta/1 award per region) **NEW**

This Award honours Regional Innovation Excellence and/or Community Champion - for (SMC's) Small-to-Medium-sized Cities or Counties across Alberta.

Research: Researcher of the Year (Individual/Team: Academia, Research Institutions, Large Companies)

This award honours leadership and significant contribution to a science, engineering, mathematics or technology (STEM) research, innovation or breakthrough.

Women: Women in Innovation

This award honours leadership and significant contribution to a science, engineering, mathematics or technology (STEM) innovation or breakthrough through research or entrepreneurial activity.

Alberta Champion: Alberta-wide Community Champion of Innovation

This award honours the commitment, contribution, and cross-Alberta impact of the most outstanding Champion of the Innovation Community.

Tributes: Tributes (Honouring the treasured memory of past Community Members) **NEW**

Tributes are invited to remember Alberta Innovation Community Members and Champions - who have made significant contributions over their lifetime - and who have recently passed away, and will be deeply missed.

Special: ASTech Special Award

On occasion, the Adjudication Panel determines there is a nominee worthy of recognition that does not fit into the exact criteria of a specific award category. In this case, the Panel is empowered to recommend a Special Award which is then discussed and approved by the Board of Directors. As this award is presented irregularly and only under special circumstances, there is no criteria and no opportunity to nominate for this award.