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Queensland’s youngest and brightest technological minds showcase ICT innovation projects during the 2012 Young ICT Explorers competition

Brisbane - SAP Australia and The University of Queensland (UQ) announced today the winners of the 2012 Qld Young ICT Explorers (YICTE) competition, which took place on Saturday, 11 August at the University of Queensland.

Over 200 primary and secondary school students from 27 schools throughout the state converged at UQ for the annual SAP Young ICT Explorers competition showcasing over 92 Information Technology and Communication (ICT) related projects.

UQ’s Head of the School of Information Technology and Electrical Engineering (ITEE), Professor Paul Strooper said the competition was a great success.

"Not only is it great for us as academics to connect with the next generation of university students, it is also a great opportunity for primary and secondary school students to learn more about ICT as a professional field," Professor Strooper said. "The Young ICT Explorers competition gains more momentum each year, and the students’ projects never fail to impress the judges."

Young ICT Explorers, initiated by SAP Research and run in conjunction with The University of Queensland, was first established in 2010 to encourage students’ interest in the diverse array of opportunities available through ICT. The programme is supported by Premium Sponsor Accenture and the Co-Sponsors Zero1 and NICTA.

"Congratulations to the winners of the third annual 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. "We are impressed with the popularity this competition is gaining amongst schools and the ability students demonstrated to collaborate, think outside the square, and use their creativity to innovate."

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.

The winning teams can be found at Young ICT Explorers

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For more information, press only:
SAP: Dee Apostolova, 0423015556, dee.apostolova@sap.com
UQ: Madelene Flanagan, 3365 8525 m.flanagan@uq.edu.au

NOTES TO EDITOR:
Images of the competition and winners are available on request.

About Young ICT Explorers
Young ICT Explorers is a not-for-profit competition, which has been created by SAP to encourage school students in Queensland to create their best Information and Communication Technology (ICT) related projects. Established in 2010, the unique competition is the first of its kind in Queensland by offering fully sponsored transport for students & teachers from remote areas, to attend the judging event in Brisbane. More information at www.youngictexplorers.net.au

About SAP
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