The winners of the ACS Digital Disruptors Awards 2019 were revealed at a gala dinner at the Melbourne Convention and Exhibition Centre on the evening of Wednesday, 4 December. Now in its fifth year, the ACS Digital Disruptors Awards recognise the achievements and talent of individual ICT professionals and group ICT skills and service transformations across a range of key award categories.

This year 52 finalists were nominated with 13 winners across the categories which recognised individuals, corporates, not-for-profits and startups for their contribution to Australia’s ICT sector.

ACS congratulates all the Gold Disruptors and Category Winners.

ICT Professional of the year

Winner

Sheryl Frame, Director, SBE Australia, EDICT International Consultants

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Sheryl Frame
Director, SBE Australia, EDICT International Consultants

Having started four IT-related companies, Sheryl has demonstrated exceptional and progressive leadership over many years. She is a commercialisation advisor for the federal government program Accelerating Commercialisation, has served as a founding Director of StartUpWA and is on several boards. Sheryl is also on the Ear Science Institute of Australia’s research committee. She is passionate about helping female founders mentoring several startup founders. Mentoring for Curtin’s Ignition Annual Program and other accelerators such as SparkLabs and Curtin’s Accelerate.

Gold Disruptors

Lisa Bouari, Director, OutThought
Stefano Tempesta, Chief Technology Officer, SXiQ
Steve Nouri, Head of Data Science, Ribit, CSIRO, Data61

CXO Disruptor

Winner

Vinay Samuel, Founder and Chief Executive Officer, Zetaris

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Vinay Samuel
Founder and Chief Executive Officer, Zetaris

Vinay is bringing to life the idea of a virtual data warehouse. As the founder and CEO of Zetaris, he has been working on disrupting the $200 billion traditional BI-to-Cloud market which has had a proven impact on Australian banks, telcos and health research organizations using analytical data virtualization technology.

Gold Disruptors

Nilesh Makwana, Chief Executive Officer, Illuminance Solutions
Rebekah Araullo, Co-founder & CEO, Phantom Realities 
Walter Huang, CEO, WBS Technology

Young Professional of the Year (Female)

Winner

Monique Alvis, Innovation & Design Lead, Cap Gemini

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Monique Alvis
Innovation & Design Lead, Cap Gemini

Monique describes herself as sitting at the intersection of design, technology, and business innovation. A UX designer and software engineer by training, Monique currently leads the delivery of Cap Gemini’s Applied Innovation Exchange services in Australia, helping corporates explore and validate innovation opportunities.

Gold Disruptors

Felicia Vozzo, DXC Dandelion Program Manager, DXC Technology Australia 
Mehika Manocha, Developer, Xero
Michelle Phan, IT Consultant, DX Solutions

Young Professional of the Year (Male)

Winner

Jeremiah Mannings, Managing Data Scientist, Cap Gemini

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Jeremiah Mannings
Managing Data Scientist, Cap Gemini

Jeremiah leads an AI Strategy Advisory team at Cap Gemini Invent and is a co-founder of Evolved Projects. Strategies and approaches designed by Jeremiah have been utilised in projects locally and globally with high impacting performance improvement outcomes for his clients. He recently designed an advanced document classifier for a government agency that automates the document checking process, drastically decreasing processing time.

Gold Disruptors

Benjamin Hall, Assistant Director, Department of Home Affairs
Hinney Lo, Managing Director, PixelForce
Kirandas Sivadasan, Director/Founder/Project Manager, BRIKS INFOTECH AUSTRALIA 

Educator of the Year

Winner

Yenni Tim, Lecturer and Undergraduate Coordinator, University of New South Wales

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Yenni Tim
Lecturer and Undergraduate Coordinator, University of New South Wales

Yenni is a lecturer (Assistant Professor), who pioneered a ‘Sandbox Education’ model to promote course relevance and practicality in ICT education. The Sandbox Education model brings real-world challenges into the classroom through deep industry engagement in the co-creation of the curriculum as well as active learning sessions.

Gold Disruptors

Hilary Purdie, Advanced Skills teacher, Tasmanian Education
Sharon K Singh, Head of eLearning & Innovation, Education Queensland
Trina Myers, Head of School, Information Technology, James Cook University

Student of the Year

Winner

Marina Geldard, Student, University of Tasmania

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Marina Geldard
Student, University of Tasmania

Marina is an honours student, teaching and research assistant. She has published a book on Artificial Intelligence and has been instrumental in ground-breaking research projects, particularly her 3rd-year studies where she was solely responsible for the prototype software component in a multi-disciplinary project to reduce suicides in Hobart.

Gold Disruptors

Amit Goutamas, Student, Murdoch University
Jarryd Wimbridge, Student, Edith Cowan University
Nicholas Nouri, Student, Macquarie University

Service Transformation for the Digital Consumer – Corporate

Winner

Myriota

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Myriota

Myriota is an IoT data connectivity service provider that focuses on low-cost, long battery life connectivity that works anywhere on the planet, with tiny devices on the ground communicating with tiny satellites in lowearth orbit. This project targets users whose needs were not currently being met by the traditional communications technologies, providing the granular data required by stakeholders such as farmers, resource companies and environmental agencies.

Gold Disruptors

Azupay
Kablamo
University of Technology Sydney | OnePath Life

Service Transformation for the Digital Consumer – Government

Winner

Noisy Guts, University of Western Australia

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Noisy Guts, University of Western Australia

Noisy Guts acoustic belt listens, records and analyses gut noises. Using artificial intelligence, signal processing and machine learning to correlate rumbling and grumbling gut noises to specific gut conditions. The result is that Noisy Guts are the world’s first to non-invasively diagnose and monitor common gut disorders, such as irritable bowel syndrome (IBS).

Gold Disruptors

ACT Health
BlueConnect, Victoria Police
Department of Veterans Affairs 

Service Transformation for the Digital Consumer – Not For Profit / Non-Government Organisation 

Winner

Alannah & Madeline Foundation

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Alannah & Madeline Foundation

The Foundation led the creation of an eSmart Digital Licence that teaches young children information about privacy, searching, sharing, gaming, social networking, risky behaviours and cyber bullying. Using real-life scenarios, the course helps children learn strategies of responding to and coping with challenges in the digital world.

Gold Disruptors

Harry Perkins Institute of Medical Research
Leap in!
Plan International

Skills Transformation of Work Teams – Large

Winner

Edith Cowan University

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Edith Cowan University

The Mass Casualty Triage Virtual Reality Simulator is an innovative educational application designed to provide high fidelity training for mass casualty incidents to paramedics and tertiary paramedical science students. The application utilises full-body motion capture, highly detailed character models, and realistic hand-crafted environments to provide an engaging and immersive experiential learning opportunity that is standardized, repeatable and accessible, without sacrificing authenticity and real-world applicability.

Gold Disruptors

ANZ Technology Thrive Squad
GHD Digital
Woolworths Group

Skills Transformation of Work Teams – Medium

Winner

DXC Dandelion Program

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DXC Dandelion Program

DXC’s flagship Social Impact Program built on world-leading evidence-based research in mental health and autism by DXC partners, La Trobe, Cornell and Stanford Universities, has been running successfully for more than 5 years. The program has successfully established 11 teams across Australia, employing over 100 people on the autism spectrum along with over 20 technical and support leads in the ICT arena. The program helps build careers for people on the autism spectrum, provides future career hope to their families, and helps address demand issues regarding recruitment/retention of highly technical resources into technology teams.

Gold Disruptors

Department of Veterans Affairs
Service NSW
Woolworths Group

Skills Transformation of Work Teams – Small

Winner

University of Technology Sydney | OnePath Life

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University of Technology Sydney | OnePath Life

UTS and OnePath Life collaborated to create a new, customised, technology solution that’s changed OnePath’s life insurance from a business focused on manual risk processes, to a business powered by insights, big data, and artificial intelligence. As part of this project, OnePath’s underwriting team was upskilled in data insights and predictive modelling

Gold Disruptors

Best Practice Software
Cyber Aware
Fremantle Ports

Start Up Platforms

Winner

Sentient Hubs

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Sentient Hubs

Sentient Hubs is a new decision support platform that enables integrated impact assessment across economic, environmental, and social dimensions. It’s an open platform that enables convergence across diverse ecosystems at scale, delivering a better understanding of when, where and how to deploy resources. Sentient Hubs’ multi-physics simulation capabilities make it easy to visualise and quantify the impact of complex decisions.

Gold Disruptors

Aqura Technologies
Leap in!
OutThought