The global Talent Unleashed Awards will take place in August, with Steve Wozniak and Sir Richard Branson headlining an inspirational panel of judges in recognising the bold, the brave and the brilliant across the technology community


18 April 2016: Leading global IT recruitment company Talent has officially launched the 2016 Talent Unleashed Awards, simultaneously announcing that Silicon Valley icon and entrepreneur Steve Wozniak will be judging and presenting the awards live at an exclusive event in Sydney. Sir Richard Branson will also be headlining the Talent Unleashed judging panel for the fourth consecutive year, contributing his vast business acumen and entrepreneurial expertise as an online judge.

The Talent Unleashed Awards identify and celebrate game-changing, ground-breaking technology entrepreneurs and businesses from around the world across five categories. After the UK and APAC finals take place in London and Melbourne in July, the regional category finalists will fly to Sydney to take centre stage for an ultimate pitch to the panel of judges at the Global Grand Finals event on 18 August 2016 where Steve Wozniak will be presenting the awards to the winners.

“At Talent, we’re passionate about celebrating innovation and tomorrow’s technology leaders,” said Richard Earl, Founder and Executive Chairman of Talent, “The Talent Unleashed Awards are an opportunity to acknowledge and inspire disruption and innovation in Australia’s technology sector, and a great way to help up-and-coming entrepreneurs unleash their ideas and vision across the UK & Europe and the APAC region.”

The panel of judges represent a diverse range of inspiring entrepreneurial leaders from Australia and overseas – aside from the visionary Steve Wozniak and the legendary Sir Richard Branson, the global grand finals will be judged by Cliff Rosenberg (Managing Director SE Asia and Australia at LinkedIn), Dan Radcliffe (Founder and Executive Director of International Volunteer HQ), Jane Tewson (Executive Director of Igniting Change), Jade Zhang (Managing Director of Okmno Asia) Patrick Grove (Group CEO and Chairman, Catcha Group) and Yat Sui (Founder and CEO of Outblaze).

“It’s a wild ride getting an idea off the ground and creating great companies which are changing things for the better. We need to highlight these people that work in this incredible industry right now and that’s why I’m involved in the Unleashed Awards.” said Talent Unleashed Awards judge Steve Wozniak.

Categories in the 2016 Talent Unleashed awards include:
• Best Start Up – Social Impact
• Best Start Up – Tech Innovation
• Best Digital SME – Tech Innovation
• Most Disruptive CIO / CTO
• Best Tech IPO / Venture Capital Raising

“The technology sector will continue to transform and disrupt the global economy for many years to come and importantly can make the world a better place. We must encourage more talented individuals and organisations to become bolder and more active and in the process help drive innovation, invention and more efficiency and change across many sectors.” Said Sir Richard Branson, Talent Unleashed Awards judge.
The global grand finals will see the category finalists from each region making a final live pitch to the panel of judges, with all five victors winning exclusive one-on-one time with Steve Wozniak and a once in a lifetime trip to Silicon Valley to attend a cutting-edge technology conference and a bespoke tour of some of the region’s leading tech companies. .

For more information, please contact us or view the Talent Unleashed website here. Entries are now open, and will close on 27 May 2016. A shortlist of finalists will be announced on 20 June 2016.