Australian Web Awards is proud to introduce the judges for 2017. Judging has already begun, but we would like to recognise the efforts of your peers, and experts, in these Awards. It is a big task and we can never do it without them! Feel free to check out their work - and make some connections if you have the need.
Finalists will be announced on 8 October. Winners will be announced at the Annual AWIA Gala Ball on Friday 3 November.
Meg is the state’s leading and most sought after social media trainer and public speaker. She is a dynamo media commentator, Founder of Perth’s largest social media “knowledge economy”, Social Media Perth (#SMPerth) and keeps her finger on the pulse of the industry with award-winning client work as Managing Director of her own consultancy, Coffey & Tea.
A hospitality and tourism sector specialist, her skill for and understanding of all things “social” translates to any application, as she well and truly leads the charge for digital empowerment in Western Australia.
With over 18 years of experience in the industry, Daniel has produced and completed an extensive number of web projects for some of Australia's largest brands. Back in 1999, at the ripe old age of 13, he built his very first commercial website. It was during this first project that he began to establish his interest in web development.
Later on, Daniel co-founded the specialist SEO Agency, Optimising. From their humble beginnings, the team has now grown into a highly talented and respected digital agency.
Dale Hansen started his own web design business, Base Media, in 2003. The business has produced websites in Australia and overseas and now focuses on its own network of service-oriented sites, such as WhichPlug.com, an electrical plug adaptor finder for travellers.
Dale has taught a range of IT-related and web development courses at Griffith University. He has a passion for web technologies and loves clean, standards-compliant code that conforms to accessibility standards.
I’m Jamie Esterman, a self proclaimed creative geek who has been designing kick-ass websites since the nineties. I’m currently Creative Director and a UI Designer at atomix, an awesome digital agency based in Adelaide.
I’ve been privileged to work with local and national brands including Sydney Swans, Elders, Adelaide Zoo, Resthaven, Electranet, UniSA, Adelaide Crows, South Australian Tourism Commission, Adelaide Oval, Port Adelaide Power, Canberra Raiders, The Hospital Research Foundation and Essential Beauty.
My passion is designing creative digital experiences that are driven by data and research. I’ve got my finger in all the pies; strategy, creative, wireframing, development, quality assurance and, of course, UX. For me, there’s nothing like making something new, groundbreaking and game-changing.
I work at Web Key IT as a Project Manager, Digital Accessibility Consultant and Senior Website Analyst. I've been a presenter at OZeWAI (Australian Web Accessibility Initiative), Perth Accessibility Camp and several other events/sessions. I'm also a member of two W3C working groups, the Accessibility Guidelines Working Group and the Education and Outreach Working Group.
Jane is a digital and marketing executive who specializes in helping companies develop their digital and channel capabilities. With over 20 years’ experience, Jane has a diverse background in strategy, channel and digital development, marketing, communications and social media and has worked in Sydney, Melbourne, Singapore and New York. She also sits a number of boards including Australian Finance Group, Cedar Woods and Healthdirect Australia.
Front end developer with 11 years experience specialising in ecommerce and web/mobile applications.
I am the Managing Director of Whitehat Agency, a reputable creative agency specialising in Web Design, SEO, AdWords, Social Media and Digital Marketing. My skills are reflected in the high quality of work we produce for our clients.
Anthony is Founder & Creative Director of Ignite Online with 15+ yrs experience in building award-winning custom designed websites.
Creator of digital experiences, awarded websites, rants & facetiousness. Obsessed with UX, learning, brands, marketing & strategy.
Sole director and principal consultant at Otaku (8+ years), I am at the head of a group of highly enthusiastic, knowledgeable and experienced digital thinkers and doers. Otaku is is a boutique consultancy offering services and expertise across creative, strategy and technical in the digital space.
I am known for my ability to see the bigger picture and have worked with organisations across Australia of all shapes and sizes, literally, from startups through to Government departments, market leading brands to non-profits.
Bernd (Ben) Jahnke
For the past 15+ years I work in digital. As an entrepreneur, as a consultant, as a manager, in tourism, for manufacturer, for an association, in Germany, New Zealand and Australia. I do get paid for my knowledge in digital, in webdesign, user guidance and in content or conversion optimisation.
I have ran Liquid.com.au for 8 years now. We are a digital agency based in Melbourne and Perth, with award-winnning websites and web apps in our portfolio. With a Degree in Computing and a Masters of Multimedia from Monash, I've been involved in the web industry from 1999.
Doyle Buehler, MBA, is a best-selling author, global entrepreneur, international speaker & digital business thought leader, specialising in strategic digital branding and marketing. He has mentored, coached, trained & inspired many in the areas of startups, digital leadership, digital innovation, disruption, transformation, online marketing, social media and entrepreneurship. He has built multiple award-winning innovative online, ecommerce startups and digital media businesses around the world.
Doyle Buehler also hosts the popular iTunes podcast, Breaking.Digital, where he interviews digital influencers from around the world, discussing digital leadership, innovation and disruption across a range of digital business and online channel topics.
Over 10 years experience building a variety of websites from eCommerce to Small Business to Government.
Tom has a real passion for web development. He has completed multiple TAFE courses and has worked hard to reach his goal of becoming a talented web developer. He has completed his TAE with the goal of teaching at TAFE to help train the next generation of developers. His successes include winning the Gold Medal in Web Design at the WorldSkills Regional Competition 2013 and winning the Bronze Medal at the WorldSkills Australia National Competition 2014.
He is currently a web developer at the web design firm Jala Design. Tom is a friendly face that shines in his ability to provide creative solutions and overcome challenges. He enjoys user friendly and minimalist designs that use the latest trends in technology.
I've been an audience advocate in content on and offline for about 15 years. This includes editing, writer mentoring, publishing workflow and much more.
A highly motivated and dynamic individual with vast experience in the delivery of multiple projects in order to achieve business objectives and goals. Strong interpersonal and analytical skills enabling the effective gathering of business requirements and translation into the delivery of fundamental software solutions. Adaptable business acumen ensures delivery and management of diverse projects across many different technologies, business units, customer groups and suppliers.
Extensive knowledge of back office system integrations, development of complex web/software solutions, intranets and extranets, using a multitude of software development lifecycle methodologies including; Agile, Scrum, Rapid and Waterfall. With expertise in streamlining business processes and procedures through analysis and change management, most recently used within a business strategy and development environment. A motivational leader and team builder able to interface effectively at all levels of management and build successful relationships ensuring that a firm rapport with clients, stakeholders and board are quickly established.
With over a decade of experience at the forefront of technology, Y&R’s Technical Lead, Michael Zaporozhets, has built a career upon a platform of creativity, innovation and thriving in ambiguity. Prior to entering Y&R, Michael worked on GE’s market leading industrial IoT platform, Predix, designing, architecting and developing the customer facing product, Studio, previously known as MIx Director from Bit Stew Systems (acquired November 2016).
When Michael isn’t dreaming up the future, he enjoys playing guitar, fine cigars and collecting antiques.
Keyvan has started his career as a professional designer/developer & worked across a wide range of disciplines, creating everything from Web & Mobile apps, Interfaces, User experiences as well as Product management & Consultation. With various designs commissions and signature projects for clients across the globe in his resume, during past 7 years, he has managed to master every aspect of the business. With his well-rounded experience in such areas of the industry, he has combined his dedication and experience to making a giant footprint in the web/technology and startups ecosystem.
Since graduating from Curtin University’s School of Design in 1998, Daniel has worked for several of Perth’s leading advertising and design studios including The Shorter Group and Marketforce. He joined The Brand Agency in early 2007 as a communication designer and senior art director. Over the years Daniel’s role has grown to lead The Brand Agency’s design department, actively managing the brands of some of Perth’s largest design accounts. Heading a team of eleven specialist communication designers, he oversees all design work from concept through to production.
He is a regular guest lecturer at Curtin’s School of Design and has twice been nominated as a finalist in the PADC Diamond Skull Awards for ‘Designer of the Year’. Daniel has previously been a judge of the Australian Web Awards and is currently serving on the national board of the Australian Graphic Design Association (AGDA) as WA’s Regional Director.
I'm a former web developer and a web hoster, who moved into journalism, and then corporate communications. I'm currently part of a MacCom team in a global data protection company, Acronis. I'm responsible for content management, product messaging consistency, and helping partners achieve best results through explaining complex products in a simple language.
Skye is the founding director of Gilligan Group, a digital marketing agency focused on developing high performing brands and winning communication strategies. Skye has a passion for helping businesses tell their story, particularly those with a very technical service offering or product.
An expert in usability, front end design and content, Skye and her team bring a fresh approach to web development, ensuring the digital strategy considers the competitor landscape, user experience, fit for purpose and organic performance.
In her spare time, you might find Skye at the gym, a good wine bar or walking her dog. She has a personal passion for improving quality of life in impoverished communities, and is a Director of the Rotary of Elizabeth Quay. She works closely with the Australia/Africa business community to pursue philanthropic activities – particularly those focused on improving access to education.
I've worked within the Web industry for the last 25 years both in the UK and Australia. During that time I have been designer, developer and/or project leads for a number of high profile clients as well as being the founder and director of CVW Creative, an award winning agency here in Perth. Some of our clients, with whom I have worked closely, include Worldwide Printing, RSPCA WA, Yahava Koffeeworks and Bradken. I think my breadth of experience in terms or the development process and the commercial aspects of web development projects would make me an ideal candidate as judge of this year's awards.
Judged in 2016. Uni SA Professional Cert in Web Accessibility. Lots of open source site auditing for NFPS. Involved in open source accessibility discussion groups.
6 years experience running A/B tests for many of Australia's top traffic websites + brands - have a mental model of what performs and what doesn't in terms of UI design and UX (backed by past data).
Andrew W Morse
The founder of a digital agency (1996) and a veteran of film and television production (1979), who has been responsible for creating / managing content from identity, photography, print, online and video for clients around the world and has judged the (Web Marketing Association) Web Awards for many years.
David Vuu is Head of UX and Design at LiveHire.com and curator at Designweek.ly. He was previously Head of Design at Carsales.com and a Committee Member at AWIA. He has worked on a range of national and international projects: Formula One, MotoGP, Porsche Australia, Peroni UK, Fox Studios and Whirlpool. He has supported a number of startups that have been acquired by ASX-listed companies.
A creative in the online industry since the late 1990's, I've focused on producing concepts and design that engages while informing through UX. I've learnt extensively about technology and programming hands-on, while retaining my loyalty to the creative side.
While creative and production are my background, I now concentrate on being the glue in Kindleman - scoping projects, creative director and a slight fanaticism for client services on complex online services and applications. We work with Nestle, TAFE NSW, NSW Board of Studies, Thomson Reuters, The Footpath Library, and all sorts.
CEO and Founder of one of the fastest growing software development and digital marketing companies in Australia , Abdul founded Purplesoft Technology after completing his masters in Information Technology . The company since then is helping hundreds of businesses all over Australia in their Digital marketing and now creating their own software projects and mobile applications.
Being an avid reader about technology, Abdul firmly believes that it is not the strongest who survive but those most responsive to change- Charles Darwin, he constantly updates himself with new ideas around technology and implements them to improve the efficiency and innovate new ideas into the company.
Dr. Jo Jung is the coordinator of Games & Interactivity at School of Arts & Humanities. Her research interest is in the field of human-computer interaction – in particular, graphical user interface (GUI) design approaches to improve the quality of user experience. Jo completed her PhD at Curtin University and the research topic was on socio-emotional UI design strategies, which adapted human behaviours and emotions to develop a set of design guidelines.
Jo has presented research at international conferences including British HCI group annual conference in Scotland and Design & Emotion conference in Hong Kong.
Hend is a professor at the Information Technology Department, College of Computer and Information Sciences, King Saud University, Riyadh, Saudi Arabia. With over 20 years of experience in academia, Hend is an active researcher with more than 120 research papers published in national and international symposiums, workshops and major IEEE and ACM conferences.She has also participated in several national and international committees and won several research grants.
As a practitioner and advocate of web accessibility, Hend worked on several national projects to promote web accessibility locally. She also, via iWAN research group which she leads, is working on many projects for evaluating national websites and making ICT accessible for people with special needs.
Michael is a 17 year web veteran and lead web designer/developer/UXer for Stormbox, a digital agency based in Perth where he focuses on designing and building user great experiences. Just for fun he experiments with code and creates cool side projects. He also hates writing bios but has made an exception in this case.
I am an assistant professor in the department of information technology, Institute of Public Administration and a co-investigator at HCI lab, KACST, Saudi Arabia. I authored a book on UX evaluation of university websites (usability, accessibility, content) and published a set of HCI and UX research papers and articles. I am an organiser of UX Meetups group in Saudi with around 800 members and an officer of KACST ACM SIGCHI Chapter. I received my Master's and PhD degrees from RMIT University, Australia. I had previous experiences as a judge of web services (e.g., with Rutgers SPAA Global E-Governanc).
Eddy Eau is the co-founder, managing director and team leader of Square18.com.au. He has an I.T. management and consulting background in many tier one organisations prior to forming Square18.com.au. As an online business specialist, Eddy highly specialises in custom process development and web architectural design. Throughout his 14 years of experience in Digital platform marketing, he has introduced the methodology of S.V.S.D – Story, Visual, Science and Delivery. They are the inter-locking elements of all web-enabled marketing solution.
My employment background covers a wide-range of areas including environmental science and management, community engagement, audits and analysis, copy editing and customer services. Interest in the community experience led me into the area of website and online communication in 2005 and I've been happily playing since, coordinating the development and managing two of Perth's high profile government websites. I've providing advice and review on several other sites over the years and enjoy seeing their success. I have a particular interest in providing 'web for all' and following the customer journey from start to finish. WA's premier tourist attraction, Kings Park, is my muse.
Software engineer with experience in development, support and operation of websites. During my career I have the opportunity to work with different technologies and CMS for websites in Australia and overseas, and currently working as a devops engineer for a major retail and cloud provider company.