IT students get to grips with solutions for airport

@JCU IT students get to grips with solutions for airport

sprint winners

WINNERS! From left to right on the baggage carousel: James Hoffman-Lowe, Alexander Von Kurtz, Adrian Lapico, Lincoln Corbett, (Paul Brody is not pictured)

On the floor to the right: Kevin Gill, Chief Operating Officer Queensland Airports Limited; Beau Tydd, Director People and Technology, Queensland Airports Limited

More than 160 JCU IT students explored business information technology opportunities and solutions at Townsville Airport last week, as part of a ‘Technology Design Sprint’ event.

The Sprint was held by the JCU IT Academy (IT@JCU) in partnership with Townsville Airport and its parent company Queensland Airports Limited who were integral in the organisation of this inaugural event.

As part of their studies, the first and second year students worked in groups of six to solve one of three business cases, or opportunities.

Associate Professor Trina Myers, Head of Information Technology at JCU said the Sprint focused on solutions to 'real world' business opportunities that the Townsville Airport was looking to solve.

“These included exploring the use of technologies such as Big Data, mobile devices and Internet of Things to improve efficiencies, attract patronage and automate procedures at the Airport,” she said.

Each group was assigned to a particular challenge, working with a number of IT industry representatives to design innovative, technology-based solutions.

Students conducted interviews with various Airport staff and personnel and were encouraged to think ‘outside the box’.

Prizes sponsored by QLD Airports Limited, Dell and the Australian Computer Society were awarded by industry judges at the end of the second day.


The Optus/Townsville Airport Major Prize for the most Innovative Solution:

  • Adrian Lapico and James Hoffman-Lowe (2nd year students)
  • Alex Von Kurtz, Lincoln Corbett and Paul Brody (1st year students)

Assoc Prof Myers said there were three design-thinking subjects offered at JCU as part of the Bachelor of Information Technology. These subjects build skills in modern software design practice that centres around the users of technology and problem solving. The work that the students completed in the two day sprints will be assessed as a component of these subjects.

“Each year the opportunities increase in difficulty, depending on the students’ year level. We have students from different years working together so the second year students are also acting as leaders in their groups.”

Other awards presented:

The Commonwealth Bank Prize for most marketable solution

The Coca-Cola Amatil Prize for best solution for better customer experience

The Australian Computer Society lucky Wifi IP address prize

The following sponsors also contributed with give-aways and mentorship across the 2 day sprint:

Townsville Airport, QLD Airports, Coca-Cola Amatil, Dell, Commonwealth Bank, Australian Computer Society, iNQ