SAP Announces Winners of the 2012 Young ICT Explorers competition in NSW

SydneySAP Australia announced today the winners of the 2012 NSW Young ICT Explorers (YICTE) competition, which took place on Saturday, 4th August at the University of New South Wales.

The Young ICT Explorers is a schools-based competition, initiated by the Research team in SAP Australia, designed to encourage young people to develop technology projects and share their creative ideas in a structured environment, supported by their schools. It covers a broad range of projects across the ICT spectrum. Students competed in teams across four age groupings from Years 4-12.

A total of 36 schools from across NSW and the ACT registered for the program, with over 50 unique projects from 16 Schools showcased during the judging event. The programme was supported by Premium Sponsor Accenture and the Co-Sponsors Zero1 and NICTA, as well as the University of NSW, who also provided the venue. Details of the winning teams are as follows:

Years 4 to 6

  • 1st – Abbotsleigh Junior School with the Super Safety project. Angela Seitan, Emma Edwards and Julia Kelland created a set of stop motion animations designed to teach Primary School children about cyber safety, sun safety and road safety. It is targeted at Primary School students, so they can learn these different ways to be safe at a young age.
  • 2nd – Wahroonga Public School with the Jonamse Training and Entertaining Robot. Jono Steer, James Casey and Sean Edwards created a robot, which helps to train and entertain a toddler or a young child. The prototype robot is designed to teach a toddler about colours, and to play a fun “dance” when they succeed.
  • 3rd – Roseville College with Vas Happening. Jess Hing, Lindsay Segreto and Emily Dawson put together an One Direction fan page.
  • Merit Award – Roseville College with Global Warming project. Alex Forbes, Lucy Gattas and Sonvi Karve created a Claymation on Antarctica using Windows Live Movie Maker.

Years 7 to 8

  • 1st – De La Salle College with The Battery Meter Report. Victor Tran made a meter which shows how much battery you have on your device.
  • 2nd – Newington College with Solar Powered Mac Charger. Michael Knox created a solar panel MacBook Pro charger, which charges Mac computers using the sun’s energy.
  • 3rd – Monte Sant Angelo Mercy College with the Barrels of Fun project. Anna Bonadeo, Yasmin Bamford and Gaby Plazas created a portable and easy to use toy.
  • Merit Award – Newington College with Torc. Harry Johnson and Cameron Kirk built an app which can text another phone’s camera to take a picture.

Years 9 to 10

  • 1st – Newington College with iSchool Application for Iphone/IpodTouch. Darayus Nanavati and Rowan Whiteman created an app to help students of Newington College stay up to date with the latest assignments, tests and schedule changes of their school.
  • 2nd – Macarthur Anglican School with A Blissymbol to 3D AR programme. David Fyvie, Stuart Mcintosh, Daniel Tanios and Tobias Morgan came up with a project that helps people who cannot read and write in English to be able translate English words into blissymbols and vice versa.
  • 3rd – James Ruse Agricultural High School with the Galactic Conquest project. Royce Gu, Jesse Gong and Winney Kuang came up with this classic top down shooter game which allows the user to play through many action-packed levels.
  • Merit Award – James Ruse Agricultural High School with Scott++ project. Matthew Chen, Michael Sun and Alexander Yeung put together a single player, bitmap graphic platform game.

Years 11 to 12

  • 1st Oxford Falls Grammar School with Inroad. The project, created by Deinyon Davies, is an original, visual effect driven HSC IT Multimedia Major Work with an accompanying promotional website and flash mini-game. The film conveys an original story in which the scenes are strategically designed to incorporate a wide array of visual effects and multimedia technologies.
  • 2nd – St Andrews Cathedral with World War Ridiculous game. Isaac Gresham built this top-down shooter game, complete with Tron-inspired graphics and lasers.
  • 3rd – ACT based Dickson College with the Universal Radio Control Gamepad Adapter. Kris Paice and Steven Walker developed an adapter that opens the human control interface of Radio Control aircraft.

Student Choice Award

  • Years 4-6 – Roseville College with the Digital Paradise project. Eloise Buining, Angelique Manconi, Georgia Smith and Ebony Hanna put together a photography blog aimed to get people around the ages of 12-14 entertained, thinking, and interested in taking pictures.

The students presented their projects to a judging panel of academics, industry partners and ICT professionals. Each project was assessed on the criteria of creativity, uniqueness, quality, level of difficulty and project documentation.

“We were blown away by the creativity, the innovation and the thinking that goes on behind getting many of these projects up. Congratulation the winners of the first NSW Young ICT Explorers competition, and all the students who participated in this great event”, said Karsten Schulz, head of SAP Research in the Asia Pacific region and founder of the competition.

The competition has been running in Queensland’s primary and secondary schools for the last two years and this year it was launched for the first time in NSW. The Queensland judging event will take place on Saturday, 11 August 2012 at University of Queensland.

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For more information, press only:

Wendy Hill, SAP, 0478 301 641, wendy.hill@sap.com
Dee Apostolova, SAP, 0423015556, dee.apostolova@sap.com

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