Codebots Named ‘Queensland Startup of the Year’ at 2018 iAwards


Brisbane-based startup Codebots collected an impressive tally of three awards at the 2018 iAwards Gala Dinner on 21 June, including Queensland Startup of the Year.

Presented by the Australian Information Industry Association (AIIA), the nation’s peak industry body for the technology sector, the iAwards is Australia’s leading awards program for innovation in the digital economy – now in its 25th year.

Codebots also took out the Infrastructure & Platforms Innovation of the Year award and a merit in the Business Service Markets category for its innovative platform which uses artificial intelligence to write code.

The Codebots platform is capable of writing, on average, 92 per cent of a software application’s code. Its most popular bot, Lampbot, can write 300,000 lines of code in one minute.

Codebots Co-founder and Community Lead, Indi Tansey, said it was a “wonderful surprise” to win not just one, but three awards.

“You always hope for this kind of recognition, but you never know who you’re up against,” she said.

Other major winners on the night included the CSIRO, Buckham & Duffy, Your Digital File, Villanova College, The Osler Clinic Portfolio and V2i Realtime, recognised for digital innovation in areas as diverse as 3D mapping, file sharing and rehabilitation.

Awards spanned categories such as Community Service Markets, Consumer Markets, Industrial and Primary Industries, Research & Development, Public Sector and Government, Startups, and Students.

Next, the winners will present an in-person pitch to a panel of judges ahead of the National iAwards Gala Dinner due to be held in Melbourne in late-August.

Tansey said there was lots of “great positive feedback” at the Queensland awards night and that “this is what the world needs”.

“The goal of the Codebots platform is to enable non-developers,” she said.

“People can see this idea of the citizen developer – which is about empowering the average employee to be able to build software or at least have an input in designing it – and it is absolutely a wave that is ready to be surfed.”

Codebots began as a team of “three or four people working away in an incubator setup”.

“We’re now around 50 staff, things are moving quite quickly, we have new offices, and we’re getting close to public launch – it’s pretty exciting.”

Minister for Innovation, Kate Jones, will be visiting the new offices soon after meeting the Codebots team at the iAwards event.

As well as working towards the national iAwards event next month, Codebots continues to refine the finer aspects of its platform in the lead-up to public launch.

“The platform is currently functional but not yet loveable… that’s our goal.

“What that means for us is pretty much everything is in place, so now we’re really focused on building the academy, which is all the learning support that goes alongside it, and building the community resources so people actually can do it themselves.

“If people want to jump on the platform and give feedback, we absolutely encourage that. Just go to the website to sign up and join us on the journey.”

Codebots won an Ignite Ideas Fund Grant with Advance Queensland in 2017.