2021 Innovation Excellence Awards

About the Innovation Excellence Awards

Institutions submit their product or service innovations from within the past year for consideration. The judging panel then assesses innovation submissions based on a sophisticated ratings methodology unique to Canstar. The Innovation Excellence Award winners represent a select group of recent innovations within the telecommunications and energy industries that have been reviewed, assessed and deemed to be award winners.

2021 Award key dates

Submissions open: 11 January, 2021

Submissions close: 19 February, 2021

Winners announced: April 2021

How to apply

Unfortunately, entries for this year have now closed. Please check back to see the 2021 winners when they’re announced in April. Entries for next year’s awards will open in January 2022.


If you have any questions or enquiries about the submissions process, please do not hesitate to get in touch with us at blue.updates@canstar.com.au

How to impress the judges

When assessing innovations, our judges look for the following qualities:

  • The impact the innovation will have on improving or affecting a consumer’s day-to-day life
  • How the innovation stands out from products already available in the NZ market
  • What gives the innovation wow factor
  • If the innovation is accessible, easy to understand and/or affordable?

What types of products are evaluated for the Innovation Excellence Awards


  • Phone plans
  • Broadband products
  • Energy products
  • Renewable energy