ACS Digital Disruptors Awards
ACS is passionate about the ICT profession being recognised as a driver of productivity, innovation and business – able to deliver real, tangible outcomes. The awards honour the efforts of Australia’s ICT professionals, recognising the teams and individuals at the forefront of digital disruption.
Following the Reimagination Thought Leaders’ Summit on 2 November 2017, we will host a drinks reception giving delegates, guests and leaders from business, government, education and research sectors the chance to converge.
After drinks, we will celebrate and honour Australia’s best team and individual technology disruptors at the ACS Digital Disruptors Awards and Pearcey Foundation Awards gala dinner. The award finalists will be recognised and winners announced at this dinner.
Nominations are now open for the 2017 ACS Digital Disruptors Awards.
ICT Professional of the Year
Service Transformation for the Digital Consumer:
Skills Transformation of Work Teams:
Submissions open: 11 May 2017
Submissions close: 28 July 2017
Awards announcements: 2 November 2017
Jason is the Managing Director of Axios IT Pty Ltd – an Adelaide-based software development company. He is also a current and past director of several other technology and product development companies. Jason has served as the South Australian Chairman of ACS as well as being a member of the national Professional Standards Board. More recently, Jason has been a Domain Judge and member of the Judging Council for the iAwards.
Jason holds degrees in Engineering, Science and Business and is passionate about professionalism in the ICT space.
Deputy Chief Judge
Ian is considered a thought leader in the area of the Digital Economy and is a regular speaker on big data, broadband enabled services and the impact of technology on society. He has contributed to six books and co-authored more than 120 papers which have been cited more than 3200 times. Ian has an MBA from the University of London and a Doctor of Philosophy in Mobile Telecommunications from Sydney University. Ian is a Fellow of the Institute of Engineers Australia, a Fellow of the IEEE, a Fellow of the Australian Academy of Technological Sciences and Engineering, a Senior Member of ACS, and a member of the Australian Institute of Company Directors.
Eva is passionate about helping start-ups accelerate their business, inspiring girls and young women to consider careers in STEM, and helping social enterprises have a greater positive impact with technology as an enabler. Eva is a Director for Novita Children’s Services, the History Trust of South Australia, and a member of the South Australian Government’s Chiefs for Gender Equity.
Ajay has over 14 years of experience in pure digital businesses and has held several technical and commercial leadership positions ranging from GM Commercial, Product Director, and Technology Director to CIO. Ajay holds a Bachelor’s degree in Engineering and a Masters in Management from the University of Technology, Sydney. Ajay was awarded Australian CIO of the Year for 2015 by CEO Magazine Ltd.
Richard heads the applied cyber security education program in Computer Science and Engineering at the UNSW. The cyber security students from this program have been highly successful: in 2013 and 2014 they were worldwide finalists at both the DEFCON and SECUINSIDE CTFs and UNSW has won the national Cyber Security Challenge Australia competition each year since it started – in 2012 UNSW entered one team and came first, in 2013 UNSW entered three teams and came first, second and third, and in 2014 entered four teams and came first, second, third and fifth.
Richard has a passion for open education and for empowering students to love learning. His work as an educator has been recognised by numerous teaching awards at national and international level across several disciplines including the 2008 Australasian Engineering Educator of the Year and the 2013 Australian ICT Educator of the Year, as well as the top teaching award from the Australian College of Educators, and two national university teaching awards from the Australian Learning and Teaching Council.
Richard is the most watched Australian educator on the internet. His lectures have over three million views on YouTube and iTunes and are the most cited reason given by undergraduates for choosing to study Computing at UNSW. He ran the first Australian MOOC and is co-founder and Director of Education of OpenLearning.com, Australia’s first and leading open MOOC platform. Richard is a frequent keynote speaker at conferences, most recently at CeBIT, and tries to combine humour, gentleness and curiosity to express complex concepts in clear and compelling ways.
Nick has worked with technology leaders like Apple Computer, Australian Radio Network and Microsoft launching innovative digital products to market, notably streaming music service iHeartRadio Australia and the Australian Radio Networks responsive digital publishing ecosystem.
Now, as part of Business SA’s Executive Leadership Team, Nick is responsible for setting the South Australian Chamber of Commerce & Industry's strategic and operational vision – with specific responsibility for innovation, enterprise technology and commercialisation strategies.
Nick actively engages with government, education and industry to provide the thought leadership and insight required to ensure South Australian businesses are equipped with the technologies, strategies and platforms needed to succeed in a 21st century economy.
Tony specialises in strategic consulting, information management, business improvement, corporate governance for ICT and business continuity planning. He has provided consulting services to senior management in industry and the public sector in most states of Australia for over 30 years. His clients have included two of Australia’s major international airports, the Federal, NSW and WA Health Departments, Australian Customs, the WA Police Service, various private schools, universities and TAFE colleges, BHP Iron Ore and over 25 Western Australian government agencies. Tony is married with two adult children. He is a chorister with the WA Symphony Orchestra Chorus.
Steve is passionate about engaging with business leaders and users from across the business; to understand their dynamic and challenging business needs; to share his transformation and digital agendas; and to solicit feedback for growth and continuous improvement. He is committed to leading his team to utilise Agile and Design Thinking principles and practices to deliver capabilities that enable people to perform their work anytime, anywhere, and on any device.
Steve is regularly engaged by business units, clients, industry organisations and universities, for his expertise and experience in areas such as leadership, business transformation, digital transformation, agile workplaces, mobile, security and cognitive business. While Steve recognises the role that technology plays as a catalyst for both business and digital transformation, he is always keen to stress the vital roles that process and culture play in effective transformation.
Through his volunteer role as Professional Advisory Board Director for ACS, Steve is active in promoting the advancement of ICT as a profession, both in Australia and internationally. Steve is also a member of a number of industry and academic advisory groups, and is involved in mentoring students and leaders of the future.
Steve is a Fellow of ACS, and holds a degree in Computing Science from the University of Technology, Sydney.
Maria has always been passionate about women playing a bigger role in the ICT industry. She has been an active member of ACS for ten years including her role as a member of the Victorian Branch Executive Committee for the last two years. Maria is the current Chair of ACS Victoria.
He believes strongly in applying his vision, leadership and passion to challenges that improve services and provide positive pubic dividends.
As the former Chief Information Officer for the State Government of South Australia, he led the development of the Government’s “digital by default” agenda and other significant policy positions on open data and cloud computing. Bret was instrumental in the strategy development and drafting of the South Australian Government’s digital services strategy “Digital SA” and the Premier’s “Digital by Default” declaration.
He obtained his Bachelor of Science (Hons I) and PhD degrees in Computer Science from the University of Sydney. During his undergraduate studies, he also spent a year at the Department of Computer Science of the University of Milan, Italy.
His research is focussed on artificial intelligence with particular emphasis on Cognitive Robotics, Belief Change and Reasoning About Actions. Maurice was the program director of the Decision Making theme in the ARC Centre of Excellence for Autonomous Systems and a co-director of the UNSW iCinema Centre for Interactive Cinema Research. His collaboration with the UNSW iCinema Centre for Interactive Cinema Research and other researchers in the School of Computer Science and Engineering resulted in a world-first interactive cinema piece that premiered at the Sydney Film Festival in 2011 that included an artificial intelligence planning system to control virtual characters as they interact with audience members. A collaboration with researchers at the Creative Robotics Laboratory at UNSW has led to an exhibition that is currently touring the country.
He currently focuses his passion for business resilience and risk management at the Australian Federal Government agency administering intellectual property rights. Previously he was the National Manager of Assurance Services at Ecowise Environmental, Australia’s then largest provider of integrated environmental consulting services.
As a senior member of various international organisations and committees, Yohan has volunteered thousands of hours implementing various initiatives for the advancement of the ICT profession. Yohan was highly commended in the 2007 Young Professional of the Year Award from Professions Australia, recognising his contribution to the Australian ICT industry. He is also the recipient of the prestigious gold leadership award at the 2005 University of Canberra Blues & Leadership awards for his sporting achievements.
On weekends in summer he can be found in his penguin outfit, umpiring cricket. Yohan is currently writing a children’s storybook. The book is expected to be released in 2018. Yohan lives in Canberra, Australia.
John was the inaugural Chairman of the Foundation and was President of ACS in 2000 and 2001. He worked tirelessly to ensure the ACS Foundation was established and has since played a substantial role in the successful development of the Foundation.
John was recognised for his contribution to ICT and education by being awarded with an Order of Australia in 2007.
Since joining ACS in the 1970s, John has served in varying capacities, initially as an Executive Committee Member of the NSW Branch, then serving as NSW Branch Chair, National Vice-President prior to his election as President for 2000-1 and subsequently as National Marketing Director.
In Adelaide, whilst working for the Australian Submarine Corporation, Benjamin was responsible for project outcomes to deliver ICT requirements to the new Air Warfare Destroyer Shipyard in Osborne. This resulted in a state-of-the-art ICT environment being delivered to a Greenfields site ahead of occupation by staff, for the nation’s biggest ever defence project to date.
Since moving to Darwin in 2011, Benjamin has been the key vendor Project Sponsor for multiple projects delivered between 2014–17 which have received national awards from the AIPM, AIIA and ACS.
Benjamin is the Chair for the Northern Territory branch of ACS with representation on both the national ACS Congress and ACS Membership Advisory Board, in addition to being a board member of Healthy Living NT in Darwin.
Nick is currently Managing Director and CEO of Haroldton Associates, Principal Consultant of BCI Technology and also holds three company directorships. He has 16 years’ experience as a Company Director in 11 Australian and two US companies and is an Adjunct Professor at the University of Queensland.
Nick has over 40 years’ experience in the field of Information Technology including 16 years as a CIO/Head of IT at two London banks and at the University of Queensland. He holds voluntary positions as President of the Southeast Asia Regional Computer Consortium (SEARCC), a National Board Member of ACS, Chair of ACS Queensland and Chair of the Council of ICT Associations (CICTA). He is Director of the ACS Future Leaders Institute (FLI) and a faculty member of the African Leadership Institute (ALI). In 2010, he chaired the World Computer Congress and was the National President of ACS in 2012/2013. He recently directed the Federal Government funded Research Data Storage Infrastructure (RDSI) project, which developed and deployed one of the largest data clouds in Australia, to store research data from universities and other research groups.
Dr Tim Turner
Tim is the Deputy Head of School for Teaching in the School of Engineering and IT at the Australian Defence Force Academy. As a senior lecturer, he is teaching Australia’s future military leaders to understand and exploit information technology. His PhD developed a theory of e-government service design grounded in his experience and that of Australian governments at the Federal, State and Local levels.
Beau has extensive experience in all aspects of IT management, leadership and operational management, financial and budgetary control, and human and asset resource management. His strong academic and industry-level qualifications have led to a full range of roles within the public and private sectors in Australia, Papua New Guinea, Solomon Islands, Indonesia, Samoa, South Africa, UK, and Holland.