Students win top prize in Canberra digital design competition

Students win top prize in Canberra digital design competition
Thursday 27 March 2014

A team of three CECS students have taken out first place at the Digital Canberra Challenge with an online solution to simplify event approval processes in the ACT.

Daniel Axtens, Ben Roberts and Andrew Donnellan, all students from the College of Engineering and Computer Science, took home the top prize of $12,500 for their entry in the competition, announced by ACT Deputy Chief Minister Andrew Barr at yesterday’s awards night.

The Digital Canberra Challenge is an ACT Government initiative managed by the eGov Cluster, in partnership with NICTA, CollabIT and the Canberra Business Council, which brings together Canberra’s most innovative minds to develop new, improved digital government services for the ACT.

The ANU team, DigiACTive, developed a solution that addressed the complex processes currently needed in order to obtain approvals for music and other cultural events in the ACT. Working closely with entities such as the ACT Department of Territory and Municipal Services, MusicACT and the Tuggeranong Community Festival, the students developed a prototype system that could replace the lengthy paper-based approval forms and allow for simpler submission and management of applications.

Visit the ANU Innovations page to read the full story.

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