2018 YOUNG RAILWAY PROFESSIONALS INNOVATION
PITCHING COMPETITION

Jamie Ross-Smith, UGL – Winner of the 2017 Young Rail Professionals Pitching Competition

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The rail industry has a highly skilled, passionate and inspiring new generation of talent across the sector. With close to $60bn in committed investment scheduled for the Australian rail industry over the next few years, now is the time to identify, promote and advance the ideas of these future leaders.

The Young Rail Professionals Pitching Competition invites all rail professionals 30 years and under to submit an idea that could revolutionise the industry. Finalists have the opportunity to present their ideas to industry leaders at AusRAIL with the winner announced at the Gala Dinner.

Given the innovation and creativity within this group, it’s not surprising that since launching at AusRAIL 2016, this Competition has become one of the most-anticipated highlights of AusRAIL.

Key dates for the 2018 AusRAIL Pitching Competition:

  • Monday 30 April: Competition opens
  • Friday 6 July: Deadline for competition entries
  • Monday 13 August: Finalists announced
  • Tuesday 27 November: Pitching Competition session on stage
  • Wednesday 28 November: Winner announced at 2018 AusRAIL Gala Dinner

Further details for 2018 will be announced shortly.

Highlights of the AusRAIL 2017 Pitching Competition

Thank you to all those who entered the Young Rail Professionals Pitching Competition in particular the 5 finalists who presented their ideas to an engaged audience!

The winner of the AusRAIL PLUS 2017 Young Rail Professionals Pitching Competition was Jamie Ross-Smith from UGL Limited. Jamie’s idea titled intelligent asset management system and was well received by both the judging committee and the audience who voted via the AusRAIL app! Check out a full recap on all the pitches here

The respective finalists and their ideas can be seen here:

Ross Anderson, Engineer, Frazer-Nash Consultancy
Topic: Undertaking an app-based approach to improving user experience in the rail industry

Victoria Burke, Graduate Engineer, Metro Trains Melbourne
Topic: Lighting up our stations through kinetic energy

Oliver Lake, Rolling Stock Engineer – Automatic Train Protection, Program Delivery, Future Network Delivery, Sydney Trains
Topic: Augmented reality for optimised train maintenance

Tyler Plowright, Rolling Stock Engineer – Locomotives, Pacific National
Topic: Dynamic brake battery

Jamie Ross-Smith, Head of Asset Systems, UGL Limited
Topic: Intelligent asset management system

What is the Young Rail Professionals Pitching Competition?

The inaugural competition was held at AusRAIL 2016 and we have since held a further two at NZ Rail 2017 and now AusRAIL PLUS 2017. The premise is to invite rail professionals 30 years and under to submit an idea that could revolutionise the rail industry. Finalists will have the opportunity to present their ideas to industry leaders at AusRAIL with the winner announced at the Gala Dinner. Further information about the 2018 pitching competition will be announced shortly.