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