Two Territorians and one Territory project are up for national recognition at this years Australian Computer Society (ACS) Digital Disruptors Awards, with the winners to be announced on 1 November.
This is the first time three Territory ICT nominations have made the finals of the national ACS awards, showcasing the calibre of the local ICT sector, and importance of investing in jobs of the future.
The nominations are:
Virtual Desktop Infrastructure at Royal Darwin Hospital
This project introduced cyber security improvements and fast-tracked computer access for busy medical staff, freeing up time for bedside care for better health outcomes. See the Virtual Desktop Infrastructure Supporting Hospital Service Delivery project online.
ICT Professional of the Year, Ms Wilma Weaver
Ms Weaver has worked in ICT in the Northern Territory for twenty years both in government and the private sector. Currently, she is the ICT Account Director to the Department of Education, providing contract management for the provision of ICT infrastructure and services, including over 33,000 desktops or laptops, a service centre and leading business and technical teams. Ms Weaver was winner of the inaugural ICT Professional of the Year award in the NT Digital Excellence Awards in 2017.
ICT Young Professional Female, Miss Lily Kawai
ICT Young Professional Female of the Year finalist, Ms Lily Kawai, commenced in the ICT industry as a trainee and now travels the Territory as a field technician providing on-the-ground IT support to government offices across the NT. NEC employed Ms Kawai through their Indigenous Work Placement Program (IWPP), which is focused on creating career pathways for Indigenous students.
As stated by Minister for Corporate and Information Services, Lauren Moss
The Territorys ICT industry is an important economic contributor, supporting Territory jobs and as a foundation industry underpinning the success of other industry sectors across the economy.
Having three Territory ICT national finalists in the Australian Computer Society Digital Disruptors Awards is a great accomplishment.
I wish all nominees luck at the Awards on Thursday night.
As stated by Acting Professor and Director of Emergency Medicine, Dr Didier Palmer
The VDI project was technically complex, with ten different products configured to provide tap on-tap off, rapid six second logon, hot desking, auditable access and other technology benefits for staff.
This project is a gold standard IT implementation with collaboration between IT specialists and clinicians to improve patient care.
As stated by NEC NT Regional Manager, Mr Damien Charles
It is great to see the quality of the work delivered in the Territory, and the professionalism and capability of our Digital workforce recognised on the National stage.
- Image 1281 front to back, left to right: Dr Davina Pereira, (ED Fellow), Adam Smith, Greg Connors, Godfrey OConnor
- Image 1312 front to back, left to right: Anna George (nurse), Greg Connors, Adam Smith, Godfrey OConnor