Judge urges visionaries to enter Space Awards

A judge for this year’s Australian Space Awards has advised candidates to take a visionary approach when compiling their entries. 

Judge urges visionaries to enter Space Awards
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Bob Bishop is the founder and chairman of Telstra enterprise partner Azentro and argued ambitious applicants should think internationally and remember NASA often poaches local scientists and talent. 

“That’s the ultimate accolade, which shows that they're good enough to be a global candidate for some of the world’s biggest companies,” he said.  “It’s humbling to know that Australians are up there with the best.”

To enter the awards or nominate your colleagues and peers, click on the Australian Space Awards website, register your details, download and read the category criteria, save an entry, and then save and confirm your submission.

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The deadline to enter your submissions has been extended to 5:30pm on 18 February 2022, and nominees will be revealed later that month.

Bishop told Space Connect that he would value candidates who can demonstrate industry leadership, earn their team’s respect, and propel their career and the profession to greater heights nationally and internationally.

“I’m looking for people who have got a vision for global success,” Bishop said. “Take a visionary approach to the responses in your submission, and explain where the industry is headed, and how you have contributed to its national and international success.

In addition, Mr Bishop suggested a humble approach where candidates acknowledge the contributions of their team to their successes and achievements.

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“Quite often, submissions may make it seem like the candidate is the only person in the game and all the success is due to their own personal ability, skills, and dedication,” he explained.

“But that is often not the case, particularly in larger companies where it’s a team effort. One person may be nominated to represent the team but sometimes the candidate may dwell on themselves without recognising the team effort in their submission.”

An oft-repeated suggestion by judges across the board, including Bishop, is for candidates to address the question clearly and succinctly and only include information that is relevant to their particular category.

“It’s really important that candidates read and respond to the question and include relevant information and documentation that supports their responses. Including their background and skills if they relate to the category or question is fine with me,” Bishop said.

For example, information about a candidate’s experience, project outcomes and results, compliance with government legislation and regulation, and networking contacts should only be included if they match the category’s criteria.

“Quite often, people ramble on about how good they are and all the projects they have done but they don’t address the question that’s asked. If they avoid answering the question, I’ll rate them poorly.”

Azentro was formed in 2013 when two of Queensland’s Telstra enterprise partners, TTGroup and VV Tech, merged to create a new business offering ICT services before SA’s Data Mobility Voice joined the group. It has grown to employ 65 staff across the two states. 

The Australian Space Awards 2022 will take place as a black-tie event, supported by principal partner KBR, on Thursday, 24 March 2022 at The Star in Sydney.

There are 20 categories for both individuals and groups this year that will recognise everyone in the space industry from major ASX-listed corporations to small-to-medium enterprises (SMEs), start-ups, academic institutions and associations.

The awards are open to all organisations operating in Australia in support of the space industry, including launch, telecommunication, satellite, energy, mining and transport sectors, as well as defence, agriculture, disaster, and water management industries.

All businesses and professionals in the space industry who meet eligibility criteria are encouraged to participate in the awards program by lodging their submissions.

Submissions will be delivered to judges, who include respected space professionals, business executives, government and military leaders, academics, entrepreneurs and innovators.

The panel will individually assess and score each section of the submission against several criteria and provide an aggregated score and assessment.

The combined score from the judges will then be tabulated, with the highest-scoring submission crowned the winner.

Nominees can submit across multiple award categories if they meet the criteria, all submissions are electronic and must be sent through the secure awards platform by 5:30pm on 3 February 2022. Finalists will be revealed later that month.

For more information about the awards program, click here.

Adam Thorn

Adam Thorn

Adam is a journalist who has worked for more than 40 prestigious media brands in the UK and Australia. Since 2005, his varied career has included stints as a reporter, copy editor, feature writer and editor for publications as diverse as Fleet Street newspaper The Sunday Times, fashion bible Jones, media and marketing website Mumbrella as well as lifestyle magazines such as GQ, Woman’s Weekly, Men’s Health and Loaded. He joined Momentum Media in early 2020 and currently writes for Australian Aviation and World of Aviation.

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