Jonathan Chan, WSP – Winner of the 2019 Young Rail Professionals Pitching Competition


The rail industry has a highly skilled, passionate and inspiring new generation of talent across the sector.

The Young Rail Professionals Pitching Competition invites all rail professionals 30 years and under to submit an idea that could dramatically enhance the industry. Finalists will present their ideas to a panel of industry leaders and the audience at AusRAIL with the winner announced at the Gala Dinner.

Since launching at AusRAIL 2016, this Competition has become one of the most-anticipated highlights of AusRAIL.

Given the innovation and creativity within this group, it’s not surprising that it has also provided a platform to showcase individual talent and helped accelerate the professional development of many of our future leaders.

Highlights of the AusRAIL PLUS 2019 Pitching Competition

Thank you to all those who entered the 2019 Young Rail Professionals Pitching Competition in particular the 5 finalists who presented their inspiring ideas to an engaged audience!

Congratulations to the finalists!

Jonathan Chan, Permanent Way Engineer, WSP

Chuhao Liu, PhD Candidate, Rail Manufacturing CRC & Centre for Geomechanics and Railway Engineering
A Sound-Based AI Track-Inspection System

Charlotte Moss, Project Engineer, Rio Tinto 
Innovation has no Barriers…Or Does it?

Nick Sargeant, Production Analyst, Rail Logistics & Optimisation, Rio Tinto
Reducing Rail Communication Errors using Artificial Intelligence

Kate Selvaratnam, Strategic Consultant, Jacobs
Personalised Disruption Communications via a Mobile Application

View a recap of the 2019 Pitching Competition here

If you have an idea that may increase rail’s safety, improve engineering or maintenance practices, better rail’s performance records or ultimately offer freight or passenger customers an improved service – we want to hear from you. Submit your idea, large or small and contribute to our rail future.

Key dates:
Entries will open: 11 May 2020
Competition deadline: 17 July 2020
Finalists announced: 18 August 2020
Pitching session: 1 December 2020
Winner announced at the AusRAIL Gala Dinner: 2 December 2020

Entries must be 400-600 words and include a concept title, name/contact details, institution and qualification underway/completed (including completion date), the issue being addressed and the solution/idea proposed. Final presentations can include multi and/or mixed media.
Entries will be judged by the Organising Committee on the benefits the idea could provide, its quality and relevance. The Organising Committee’s decision is final. No feedback will be provided to unsuccessful applicants.

Finalists will receive:
Finalists will receive return economy airfares to Adelaide from their hometown city in Australia to attend AusRAIL 2020, three nights’ accommodation and complimentary attendance to the event, including an exclusive VIP networking breakfast and Gala Dinner.
Finalists will be given 5-10 minutes to present their idea to an industry panel of CEO’s and senior executives at the AusRAIL Conference as part of the program on 1 December 2020. The winner will be announced at the AusRAIL Gala Dinner on the 2 December 2020.

The winner will receive:
The 2020 Pitching Competition winner will complimentary attendance and a speaking engagement for AusRAIL PLUS 2021.

Open to all railway professionals who are 30yrs or under (as at 1 December 2020).

If you have queries, please contact Tina Karas, AusRAIL Conference Manager via or + 61 (2) 9080 4408

To sponsor the 2020 Young Rail Professionals Pitching Competition, please contact Deborah Bocock, Sponsorship & Exhibition Sales Manager via or + 61 (2) 9080 4348

AusRAIL PLUS 2019 Pitching Competition