2013 Mobile Awards

mobile, web, IoT, desktop, connected devices
design champion, best studio, best start-up & IoT
plus 20 specialist nomination categories

demand design, celebrate courage


Panel members are recognised voices in the design economy sourced from leading studios, industry bodies and design commissioners. The panel members curate nominations, rate programs, contribute content and provide advocacy. 

The panel is broad based as the programs cover multiple markets and design areas. Additional panel members are appointed throughout the year to provide specialised input and ensure diversity. Our reachout is driven through the advocacy of the programs by the panel. Panel members do this though mentioning the awards via social media, advocating to partners and speaking about the awards at forums or during private conversations. 

Mark Bergin - Experience Design

Courage is the root of all creative projects, courage of the sponsor, courage of the project team and courage of the creative team. design100 celebrates courage through 11 design awards programs. All programs are marketplace centric and offer an opportunity to recognise those that are defining tomorrow. When I'm not advocating or celebrating design, I work as an adviser to projects on the client side, providing expert input on how to structure projects, develop creative ideas and engage the best of market suppliers to deliver exceptional project outcomes. At the heart of my work is a focus on experience design. Always with one simple question - are we making something that is Made for People? Specialties: creative direction, experience design, project guidance, project direction   


Ben Bickford
Consultant, Ecetera

Ben is a successful solution consultant, business strategist and software specialist with two decades of international experience across IT, communications and software solutions. As a passionate business and technology consultant, Ben enjoys analysing, creating, transforming and aligning information systems, people and processes with a proven track record for successful business and IT solutions, while meeting business and technical objectives. Working with leading companies around the world, Ben has applied innovation, information insights and IT solutions to achieve more effective decision making, develop new products and services, and deliver greater operational efficiencies for companies like Telstra, Australia Post, etc. Ben has extensive experience in solution consulting for Enterprise clients across complex IT projects and their operations including: • Content Management, • Web & Mobile Applications, • Digital Marketing & Strategy, • Business Intelligence, Reporting & Analytics, • Operational Intelligence, Big Data & Real-Time Monitoring Solutions. In addition, Ben is a regular host and commentator on digital strategy, applications and emerging opportunities in the Mobile industry through his leadership of Mobile Monday Australia, part of 120+ Mobile Monday chapters in 60+ countries, facilitating Mobile innovation through monthly networking events and connecting Mobile industry professionals worldwide. More recently, Ben has become an MLOVE Ambassador in the Asia Pacific region. MLOVE (http://mlove.com) is a global media publisher and event organizer that brings together CEOs, innovators and entrepreneurs from across multiple disciplines to share, learn and cross-pollinate ideas with an array of scientists, artists and other thought leaders. MLOVE events expose the mobile industry to the best minds outside of Mobile to maximize the opportunity of creating life-changing services and inspiring applications that can impact us all for the better.  


Lucas Challamel
Technology Director, The White Agency

Lucas has over 18 years experience selling, managing and delivering professional services and technology in the digital and online space both in Australia and abroad. With sound credentials in both the Business Development and Marketing arenas, Lucas has run his own web agency for more than 10 years in France before moving to Australia in 2009. Specialties: Engineering. Enterprise Content Management systems, ECM, CMS, web content management, WCM, ECM, software development , e-business, e-commerce, digital, online communications, online marketing. Mobile web publishing. iOS and Android mobile apps creation development and publishing.   


Mark Dando
Head of Online and Mobile, Australian Broadcasting Corporation

A digital business manager for some of the largest players in the media industries including the Australian Broadcasting Corporation, Fairfax Media, Ninemsn, and British Telecommunications. Leading a team of talented product managers, producers, designers, editors and writers in ABC Innovation. You might recognise their work on abc.net.au, in the new flagship ABC apps or speaking to you via ABC social media @abcaustralia.  


Joe Distefano
Head of Operations, design100

Joe has been working professionally in the online industry for over 12 years. His involvement started even earlier while In advertising. He was one of the first to win an award for the newly included interactive/multimedia category at the MADC awards. His work has crossed many streams; design, development, strategy, information architecture, as well as various disciplines including eCommerce, Corporate/Branding sites, CRM software, Intranet. He has been encouraged by the growth of mobile not simply because of the new form factors, but of the challenges it creates in how we communicate with our Users. Specialties: Site and Information Architecture, Interaction modelling, site build, Content Strategy, Design, production, Web Standards  


Ben Goldsmith
Senior Research Fellow, Queensland University of Technology



Nic Hodges
Head of Innovation and Technology, MediaCom



Ben Hourahine
Head of Strategy, Amenesia Razorfish

Ben has been doing digital for over a decade. Born in the UK, Hourahine originally spent four years at the Future Foundation as Senior Analyst, before joining Leo Burnet in London. During his time there, Ben helped plan McDonald's next decade in business; launched Eidos' new Lara Croft videogame and built the pub of the future for Guinness' 250th anniversary. Over the years Ben has worked with Nike, BBC, McDonalds, Channel 4, Westfields, Microsoft, Nestle, Diageo, Kellogg's, P&G, Lloyds and First Direct. As strategy lead at Razorfish Ben is responsible for directing planning across all existing business. Since joining in 2010 Ben's strategies have helped secure major new client partnerships including Australia Post, Foxtel and Qantas. Ben sits on the board of the Account Planning Group (APG), is a regular awards judge for B&T, ADMA, AIMIA & the Effies and is an active industry mentor. Ben is also regular media commentator, with features in the Guardian, The Sun, The New York Times, as well as podcasting for The Wall Street Journal.   


Zac Jacobs
Director, Millipede

Zac is a director of multi-award winning Millipede, who are one of the the world's most experienced and talented game developers ,with a specialty in mobile and tablet applications across all platforms. Millipede has developed innovative projects for clients that include the Australian Government, the Navy, KPMG, Coles, Penguin, DDB, Clemenger, Australian Red Cross, Publicis and the ABC. He has over 25+ years in international sales and marketing in the ICT industry, working for multinational firms in Sydney, Singapore, Tokyo and San Francisco. He pioneered Australian mobile content delivery in Japan and China with groundbreaking deals with OKI, Sony, DoCoMo and China Mobile. Zac is a regular presenter at seminars run by government and business groups on export marketing and mobile technology. As one of the founders of Mobile Monday Australia, which now has over 140 chapters globally and reaches hundreds of thousands of members, he is a strong advocate of the industry and empowering the use of the medium.   


Brendan Lewis
Managing Director, London & Partners

Brendan Lewis has setup greenfield professional services businesses around the globe – Investing in South Korea, Vietnam, Indonesia, Hong Kong and Romania. He also has extensive commercial experience in the UK & the US. His background includes qualifications in accounting and IT and his industry experience includes; Oil & Gas, ICT, Product Distribution, Engineering, Internet & Advertising. Well known for his commercial insight and extraordinary network, he also chairs the Churchill Club in Melbourne and runs Ministerial Dinners. As the sole representative of London in Australia for investment attraction, he personally generates up to 46 new investment projects per annum.  


Kirsten Mann
Director of Customer / User Experience (UX), Aconex

As Director of Customer / User Experience at Aconex, Kirsten and her team are dedicated to cultivating an increasingly engaging and satisfying user experience within the Aconex platform; the most widely-used online collaboration platform in the world for construction, infrastructure, energy and resource projects. Aconex has helped thousands of companies to manage project information and processes to the highest standard and Kirsten’s team helped design the experiences that support these processes.   


Anthony Mansour
Founder Innovation Strategy, Alias Life

Recognised as a leading expert, speaker and contributor to the mobile industry, Anthony has built a 20 year career by successfully defining strategy and pioneering innovation for emerging digital industries including video games, ‘dotcom’ and mobile. Having worked for and consulted with major telcos, content providers, publishers, media companies, production houses, retailers, universities and technology companies in both Australia and overseas, Anthony has built up an invaluable amount of experience and insight to the ever changing digital media landscape. Along with various speaking and educational engagements, Anthony has been featured in publications such as the Financial Review and is currently a member of the Australian advisory council for the global interactive marketing event Ad:Tech. In founding Alias Life, Anthony has established an agency focused on connecting life's experiences via the ever broadening (mobile) digital and social media world in which we live. Alias combines Anthony's strategic insights and vision to deliver unique perspectives, with his tactical understanding of this emerging paradigm - providing innovative ideas and the development of sound commercial solutions for a wide range of industries. Anthony’s clients include: Hutchison 3 (globally), Telstra, Optus, Fremantlemedia, Westfield, Electronic Arts, DreamWorld, Warner Bros, Movie World, Amnesia Razorfish, Salmat, Kellogg’s, Coke, MasterCard, Macquarie Bank, V8 Supercars, NRL, Ubisoft Australia, Citrix, UNSW, UTS, Channel 9, Channel 10 and Samsung.  


Ben Pecotich
Director, Dynamic4

I work with people to create ideas and make them real for positive change… I use strategy, design and technology to design and deliver creative business, brand and service ideas. I design with and for people - always looking to deliver great experiences. Over the past 12 years I've been part of a lot of mobile and mobile commerce design and solutions. As a member of the panel, I'm looking forward to seeing some great work and helping support this work get recognised and visible to inspire others!  


Simon Walshaw
Global Markets Manager, MobileEmbrace

Simon is currently Manager BigPond Portals, Telstra Media (Web, Mobile, Tablet & T-Hub) and has been in this current role for the past 18 months. He is a seasoned multinational professional in the mobile sector and a top Marketing/Bus Dev Director. He has the in-depth knowledge and experience in New Media/Multimedia specialising in On-line & Mobile Technologies. A closer look at the specialist areas of experience are; E-Commerce, Marketing & Sales Promotion, Advertising, On-Line Marketing, Mobile Content, Mobile TV/Video, Development & Marketing, D2C & B2B. Overseas & International Business Development, specialising in Africa, Egypt, Turkey, Eastern Europe, China, Asia & Asia Pacific. Specialist knowledge of mobile gaming and gambling products and services including set-up.  


Oliver Weidlich
Founder & Director of Design & Innovation, Mobile Experience

Oliver draws on a background in psychology, experience in usability, and understanding of mobile technology to identify key issues for client business strategy and to recommend & design solutions. He has consulted to clients such as; Three, Optus, Telstra, MySpace, Westpac, ninemsn, and ABC. He has a wide range of experience evaluating and improving the end-to-end customer experience with mobile devices, including 2G, 2.5G and 3G devices, portals, applications and content. He has conducted field research into future mobile usage and the interaction between the mobile device and other technologies. Oliver is a judge, author and speaker on usability and the mobile customer experience. Oliver is a founding member of the AIMIA Mobile Industry Group and he plays a key role in the design and project management of the Australian Mobile Phone Lifestyle Index, which looks at how Australians use mobile products, services and content. Oliver also helps run the Sydney chapter of Mobile Monday, an international mobile professionals networking night. Specialties: iPhone/iPad native apps & mobile web sites, mobile user interfaces, customer experience consulting, emerging technologies  



Best of the best

Winners list