WARC Innovation Awards Winners Announced

Saatchi & Saatchi Australia wins Grand Prix and Product Innovation Award for Toyota LandCruiser Emergency Network campaign

The winners of the global WARC Innovation Awards recognising innovative thinking that delivers tangible results are revealed with Saatchi & Saatchi Australia taking top honours by winning both the Grand Prix and the Product Innovation Special Award for Toyota Land Cruiser.

Their ‘Emergency Network’ campaign for car manufacturer Toyota brought emergency communications to the 5.3 million square kilometres of Australia landmass that currently receives no mobile signal by installing signal providing devices in its LandCruiser models.

“There is nothing like this particular car to get you through rough terrain. Toyota is leveraging an asset here, creating a crowdsourced emergency network where every Toyota LandCruiser owner can sign up to do their fair share and give back to their communities. This shows people that they can have a much bigger impact because they own a specific vehicle. It blurs the boundaries between personal and professional. This will be the next stage of sharing economy.” said Hugo Pinto, WARC Innovation judge, Innovation Services Leader EMEA and IBM Interactive Experience.

In addition to the Grand Prix the twenty five strong eminent judging panel of client and agency side experts chaired by Dana Anderson, Senior Vice President and Chief Marketing Officer for Mondelēz International and soon to be Chief Marketing Officer of MediaLink also awarded six Golds, four Silvers, three Bronzes and four more Special Awards recognising specific areas of excellence.

The winners are:

Grand Prix + Special Award for Product Innovation

  • Saatchi & Saatchi, Australia, Toyota, LandCruiser Emergency Network (L.E.N.)

Gold

  • McCann, Australia, Vision Australia, Free Puppies Forever + Special Award for Non-for-Profit
  • Kindred, UK, Penguin Random House, Tim Weaver’s MISSING + Special Award for Channel Innovation
  • J. Walter Thompson Beirut, Lebanon, Bou Khalil Supermarché, The Good Note
  • AMV BBDO / Blue 449, UK, Currys PC World, Drop A Hint + Special Award for Co-Created Content
  • DigitasLBi, USA, Whirlpool, Care Counts
  • AMV BBDO, UK, Bodyform, No Blood Should Hold Us Back + Special Award for Category Innovation

Silver

  • Formitas BBDO, Slovenia, Spar Interspar, Start It Up Slovenia
  • BBDO Bangkok, Thailand, Helpmet – Thai Health Promotion Foundation, Injury Detecting Helmet
  • FP7/DXB (a part of McCann Worldgroup), UAE, NHI-Daman, Giving People Vitamin D
  • FP7/CAI, Egypt, Baheya Cancer Hospital, The Sweet Donation

Bronze

  • FP7/DXB (a part of McCann Worldgroup) / MediaVest Spark , UAE, Emirates NBD, The A/C Vests
  • Livity, UK, Dyson, Rethinking Recruitment
  • FP7/DXB (a part of McCann Worldgroup), UAE, MasterCard, ‘A Priceless Delivery’

The winners of the WARC Innovation 2017 Grand Prix and Special Awards share a $10,000/£7763 prize fund.