ACS celebrates excellence in ICT with the 2017 Digital Disruptor Awards


On the 2nd of November, ACS revealed the winners of the prestigious annual Digital Disruptor Awards held at The Star Events Centre.

Now in its third year, the ACS Digital Disruptors Awards recognise the achievements and talent of individual ICT professionals and group ICT skills and service transformations across a range of key award categories.

“We are here to celebrate and honour Australia’s best individual and team technology disruptors, reflecting the potential of ICT and ICT professionals as a driver of productivity, innovation and business – able to deliver real, tangible outcomes”, said ACS President Anthony Wong.

“The quality and breadth of the Digital Disruptors submissions are evidence of the outstanding talent in this country, and we look forward to the winners continuing to lead Australia’s advancement in the digital economy in years to come.”

“It is with great pride that ACS presents the Digital Disruptors Awards again in 2017.”

The ACS Digital Disruptor Awards followed the 2017 Reimagination Thought Leaders’ Summit and was the final step of an intensive nine-month national awards process.

ACS would like to thank the 2017 Digital Disruptors Judges: Jason Goodridge, Managing Director, Axios IT Pty Ltd who returned as the Chief Judge; Ian Oppermann, CEO and Chief Data Scientist NSW Data Analytics Centre and Deputy Chief Judge; and Lead Judges: Jo Stewart-Rattray, highly experienced CIO; Arnold Wong, Director, Shared Information Services at the Department of Justice (WA Government); and Susan Andrews, Manager, ICT Roadmap for Minerals and Energy Resources, together with the many talented ACS Digital Disruptor Judges that generously donated their time.

The Digital Disruptors Awards ceremony attracted delegates from business, government, education and research spheres, joining the festivities to celebrate the achievements and contributions of these individuals and teams. This year ACS was joined by the Pearcey Foundation which was also a partner in the 2016 and 2015.

ACS congratulates all our Gold Disruptors and Category Winners, and thanks its supporting Digital Disruptors partners: ANZ, Avanade, Micro Focus, UTS, AGL, BizTech and KPMG.

The winners in each category are:


ICT Educator of the Year

  • Winner for 2017
    • Shanton Chang
  • Gold Disruptors for 2017
    • Gail Bourne
    • William Yeoh

ICT Researcher of the Year

  • Winner for 2017
    • Manoranjan Paul
  • Gold Disruptors for 2017
    • Marcus Foth
    • Yi Yang

ICT Student of the Year

  • Winner for 2017
    • Samaneh Movassaghi
  • Gold Disruptors for 2017
    • Cameron Lonsdale
    • Stephanie Jensen

ICT Young Professional of the Year (Female under 30)

  • Winner for 2017
    • Margaret Zou
  • Gold Disruptors for 2017
    • Kerry Halupka
    • Monique Alvis
    • Tyne Daile Sumner

ICT Young Professional of the Year (Male under 30)

  • Winner for 2017
    • Phillip Matheson
  • Gold Disruptors for 2017
    • Mark Topacio
    • Michael Tulip

ICT Professional of the Year

  • Winner for 2017
    • Jordan NguyenP
  • Gold Disruptors for 2017
    • Vivienne Conway


Skills Transformation of Work Teams – (Small Teams under 20)

  • Winner for 2017
    • Insane Technologies
  • Gold Disruptors for 2017
    • VicRoads

Skills Transformation of Work Teams – (Medium Teams 21 – 200)

  • Winner for 2017
    • GS1 Australia
  • Gold Disruptors for 2017
    • Statewide Super
    • GM Holden
    • Canstar

Skills Transformation of Work Teams – (Large Teams over 200)

  • Winner for 2017
    • Australian Taxation Office
  • Gold Disruptors for 2017
    • NAB
    • ANZ

Service Transformation for the Digital Consumer (Corporate)

  • Winner for 2017
    • Statewide Super
  • Gold Disruptors for 2017
    • Crewmojo
    • Myfreight
    • GHD

Service Transformation for the Digital Consumer (Government)

  • Winner for 2017
    • The University of Queensland
  • Gold Disruptors for 2017
    • Government of Western Australia – Department of Mines, Industry Regulation and Safety
    • Australian Taxation Office

Service Transformation for the Digital Consumer (NGO/NFP)

  • Winner for 2017
    • Humanoid Robot Project Team
  • Gold Disruptor for 2017
    • The Smith Family

About the ACS
The ACS is the professional association for Australia’s Information and Communication Technology (ICT) sector. More than 22,000 ACS members work in business, education, government and the community. The ACS exists to create the environment and provide the opportunities for members and partners to succeed. The ACS strives for ICT professionals to be recognised as drivers of innovation in our society, relevant across all sectors, and to promote the formulation of effective policies on ICT and related matters. Visit for more information.


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