ACS is on the lookout for exemplary leaders, innovators and disruptors from across Australia’s ICT sector, with nominations for the 2019 ACS Digital Disruptors Awards now open.

The awards highlight the depth of amazing talent in Australia’s technology industry and shine a spotlight on the individuals leading us into the Fourth Industrial Revolution.

Steve Godbee, who leads IBM's CIO team across Australia and New Zealand, takes on the role of Chief Judge again this year.

“Every year, we see some amazing people and projects nominated for the awards, and each year the bar is set that little bit higher,” he said.

Godbee leads a team of 36 judges, coming from all walks of life, including NSW Government’s Chief Data Scientist, Dr Ian Oppermann; iiNet founder, Michael Malone; and Global CIO of Cardno, Elena Schamp.

Last year, a record 220 nominations were received, with the Professional and Service Delivery categories in high demand.

“There have been some amazing people and projects over the years and every once and a while, you see an exceptional result that comes from left field,” said Godbee.

One of these exceptional projects was by Biteable in 2016.

A growing startup from Tasmania, Biteable won the Service Transformation for the Digital Consumer award in the Corporate category for creating a platform that allowed novices to produce professionally designed video content.

“Over the years, we have seen projects with innovative solutions that have helped the lives of Australians.

“There have been projects that have assisted dementia carers better understand their patient’s needs, protect referees of junior sport from violence, and upskill airline baggage handlers.

“The innovation and people in the Australian tech sector are truly inspiring,” said Godbee..

As competitive as the awards are, Godbee said he is often asked for advice about the nomination process.

“The best advice I can give anyone who wants to nominate is take some time when you complete the nomination form,” he said.

“Address each question in full. We have seen some interesting applications miss out each year because their answers are too simplistic.”

Nominations for the 2019 ACS Digital Disruptors Awards are currently open and close on 15August.

If you know someone who is an inspiring ICT practitioner or leader, or if you have worked on a disruptive project shaping Australia’s digital future, then nominate for the 2019 ACS Digital Disruptors Awards!