The prize is a long-term commitment by Opmantek and Griffith University and is designed to enrich student experiences and strengthen the link between academia and industry.
From the 3 finalists the inaugural winner was chosen to be a group of students who developed an electronic storyboard application called “Kidz @ GCU Hospital” to assist children entering the Gold Coast University Hospital to understand what is happening in the hospital in order to ease their anxiety and to distract from their pain or anxiety.
The application was originally designed for children with Autism Spectrum Disorders but later expanded to cater for all children entering hospital. The application allows children to interactively follow the path of a child through the hospital, learn about the machines they may encounter (e.g. X-Ray, MRI), the procedures that may be undertaken (e.g. plaster cast, stiches) and the people they may meet (e.g. Doctor’s, Nurses etc.) .
The application is currently only available for devices that run the Android operating system but will be replicated for Apple IOS devices also. It can be downloaded free of charge from appszoom.com, search for [email protected]
The winning team of Darcelle Hinze, Ashley Burns, Belinda Rex and Chelsea McGuinness were given a $2,000 cash prize in addition to the award.
"The quality and professionalism of the projects presented for judging was astounding”, said Opmantek’s CEO Danny Maher. “They were all very different and all high quality, but in the end there could only be one winner and it was a worthy winner.”
“The Gold Coast IT community is fortunate to have graduates of this caliber coming through and I hope to see them in Opmantek and other Gold Coast IT companies very soon.”
Griffith University students form teams of 3-5 people and undertake a 6 month Industry project producing a commercial grade product for a real world purpose and market. All students are graded on the subject as part of their degree.
Griffith selects 3 finalists and those finalists present their creation to a judging panel who determine a winner. The judging panel for the inaugural award was Opmantek’s CEO (Danny Maher), Opmantek’s CTO (Keith Sinclair) and Gold Coast IT Forum Chair Professor Michael Blumenstein.
“The collaboration and sponsorship of the prize is simply about giving back to the Gold Coast”, said Mr. Maher.
“Opmantek’s head office and R&D was located on the Gold Coast thanks to an Economic Development grant from the Gold Coast Council. I am a firm believer in giving back and contributing to the Gold Coast IT Community. The world would be a better place if all people and businesses put more focus on giving.”
Griffith University Industry Project Convener Steve Tucker was thrilled with the awarding of the prize and praised the quality of work from the students.
“The three finalists produced high quality, industry targeted products in a relatively short timeframe. In particular I congratulate the winning team, but in addition I congratulate the runners up and all the students that undertook Industry Project on the exceptional outcomes from their projects.
“I am excited to see what the next group of students produce and thank Opmantek for their generous support.”
Opmantek is a leading developer of Network Management Software and IT AudIT software with over 45,000 organisations globally using Opmantek software.
Opmantek leverages an extensive network of technology experts around the world and is at the forefront of developing, marketing, packaging and distributing software in the fields of network management and IT Audit.
Opmantek’s flagship product is one of the world’s most popular network management systems – NMIS. NMIS was first released in 1999 and is known for operating at high scale and feature while reducing operational cost. NMIS is used in all industries and is particualry popular within Telecommunications organisations and Managed Service Providers. NMIS can be downloaded from Opmantek's website together with a variety of additional modules. Opmantek customers are many of the largest organisations in the world.
In 2013 Opmantek aquired leading IT AudIT software Open-AudIT. Open-AudIT was first released in 1999 and provides a complete audit of hardware and software installed in an Organisations network, including routers, switches, pc's, printers, fileservers, mobile devices et al and all applications installed on the devices. It is popular to keep asset system up to date, detect changes to devices or new applications on the network and to ensure software license compliance.
Opmantek products are used by over 45,000 organisations worldwide with a new organisation implementing an Opmantek product at the astounding rate of once every 8 minutes.
Opmantek is AAAI Australian Company of the Year for 2013, across all industries and a winner of the iAwards in both 2013 and 2014.
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