The finalists for the 2018 ACS Digital Disruptor Awards have been announced ahead of the finals this Thursday.

For the first time there will be a winner of the new CXO Disruptor of the Year and Best New Disruptive Tech Platform categories.

The fourth Digital Disruptor Awards this year depart Sydney to take place in Melbourne at the Crown on 1 November.

The finalists for each category are:

Individual Awards Finalists

ICT Professional of the Year

  • Richard George (Faethm AI)
  • Paul Ostergaard (Norwood Systems)
  • Gandhi Sivakumar (IBM)
  • Dheeren Velu (CBA Strategic IT)
  • Wilma Weaver (NEC)

CXO Disruptor of the Year

  • Robert Bollard (IP Australia)
  • William Confalonieri (Deakin University)
  • Emma Lo Russo (Digivizer)
  • Andy Wood (WA Government – Department of Finance)

Young ICT Professional of the Year - Female

  • Lily Kawai (NEC)
  • Chloe Skafte (Commonwealth Bank)

Young ICT Professional of the Year - Male

  • Ryan McKergow (Elabor8)
  • Patrick Stoddart (DXC)

ICT Student of the Year

  • Jessica Huang (UNSW)
  • Josephine Michalek (University of Tasmania)
  • Steve Nouri (UTS)
  • Mark Shelton (University of Western Australia)

ICT Educator of the Year

  • Ana Hol (Western Sydney University)
  • Sue Isbel (Education Queensland)

ICT Researcher of the Year

  • Paulo de Souza (CSIRO/Data 61)
  • Joseph Liu (Monash University)
  • Dian Tjondronegoro (Southern Cross University)
  • ZhiQuan Zhou (University of Wollongong)

Team/Project Awards

Service Transformation for the Digital Consumer:


  • 152hq
  • AGL
  • Sydney Water
  • WBS Technology


  • Northern Territory Government – Department of Corporate and Information Services & Department of Health
  • University of Queensland
  • Thales / Royal Australian Navy
  • WA Government - Department of Water and Environmental Regulation

Not for Profit

  • Edith Cowan University & St Stephen’s School
  • Queensland Royal Flying Doctor Service
  • Royal Life Saving Society WA & Diversus
  • St John Ambulance

Skills Transformation of Work Teams:

Small (under 20)

  • Australia Post
  • BDO Australia
  • Colonial First State / UTS

Medium (21 - 200)

  • Myer
  • Perth Internet of Things
  • Royal Life Saving Society WA & Diversus
  • South East Water

Large (200+)

  • Edith Cowan University
  • TasNetworks
  • Telstra Business Technology Services
  • Woolworths

Best New Disruptive Tech Platform

  • Faethm AI
  • Staybil Workforce