Awards in­cite in­no­va­tion in IT

Western Suburbs Weekly - - Business - By ROSANNA CANDLER

THERE are no down­sides to en­ter­ing the WA In­for­ma­tional Tech­nol­ogy and Telecom­mu­ni­ca­tions Al­liance (WAITTA) In­cite Awards, says 2014 post­grad­u­ate stu­dent win­ner Stu­art Spei­del.

The 26-year-old, who will com­plete his PhD at the Uni­ver­sity of WA this year, said he was amazed to hear his name called last year.

“It was a very tight com­pe­ti­tion, the per­son who came sec­ond to me had done some bril­liant things,” Mr Spei­del said.

“The award was an op­por­tu­nity to jump­start to the na­tional awards and, af­ter win­ning that, I went on to re­ceive the Asia Pa­cific ICT Al­liance Award.

“I’ve since met some amaz­ing peo­ple in the in­dus­try, it has been great ex­po­sure.”

Mr Spei­del won for his web-based re­new­able en­ergy ve­hi­cle pro- ject called RE­View, de­signed to track the charg­ing and op­er­a­tion of elec­tronic ve­hi­cles.

“We used the data to de­ter­mine where we should in­stall charg­ing sta­tions, how much they were used, how much it cost, what plans you should used etc,” he said. “We also found that so­lar pan­els could com­pletely off­set the elec­tric­ity of the charg­ing sta­tions, mak­ing them ef­fec­tively car­bon neu­tral.”

Sub­mis­sions for the 24th-an­nual WAITTA In­cite Awards close on March 25.

The awards ac­knowl­edge ICT ex­cel­lence across 20 cat­e­gories, recog­nis­ing in­di­vid­ual achieve­ment, prod­uct in­no­va­tion and project ex­cel­lence.

Win­ners will be an­nounced on June 19 at the Perth Con­ven­tion and Ex­hi­bi­tion Cen­tre.

Pic­ture: An­drew Ritchie www.com­mu­ni­typix.com.au d433024

Stu­art Spei­del was a win­ner in the 2014 WAITTA In­cite Awards.

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