The inaugural Young Aus-Innovators National ICT has been awarded to a team of high school students from Newington College in New South Wales, by NICTA and the Australian Computer Society (ACS). The winning team of Harrison Collin, Brenton Curko, Shannon Kwan and Chao Man will receive a cash prize of $2,500 and a two-week internship at NICTA during the school holidays. The project proposed by the team emphasised upon improvement in the household security standards. The students now have the opportunity to further improve their project at NICTA where a mentor will oversee their next steps.
$1,500, the second prize was awarded to a team of students from Caroline Chisholm Catholic College in Victoria. The third prize of $1,000 was won by a team of students from Patrician Brothers College Blacktown in New South Wales. A team of students from North Sydney Girls High School in New South Wales was also recognised with a Highly Commended award. ACS and NICTA had launched the Young Aus-Innovators National ICT Prize, last year during the National ICT Careers Week. It's objective is to encourage high school students to consider careers in ICT. NICTA is also involved in summer schools, both for students learning about research and for high school students determining their interests in ICT.