Young Rail Professionals Pitching Competition

The AusRAIL PLUS 2019 Competition will open on the 3rd June! Watch this space!

View the 2018 Pitching Competition Highlights!

Thank you to all the young professionals from across the rail industry who submitted their innovative ideas for revolutionizing rail in Australia, in particular the 5 finalists who pitched to the AusRAIL 2018 audience!

We received a record number of entries that reflect the skills, passion and creativity of this inspiring new generation of talent across the sector.

The winner of the AusRAIL 2018 Young Rail Professionals Pitching Competition was Owen Plagens from Downer. Owen’s idea titled intelligent seating recommendation system (iSRS) was well received by both the judging committee and the audience who voted via the AusRAIL app!

The respective finalists and ideas were:

Tyler Plowright, Operational Technology Engineer, Pacific National | Regional freight deliveries
Pranoy Banerjee, Advisor, CWG Project Services | Gamification of rail safety
Jessica Ghaleb, Track and Civil Engineer, Jacobs | Hands-free ticketing
Owen Plagens, Asset Strategy Engineer, Downer | Intelligent Seating Recommendation System (iSRS)
Henry Swisher, Strategic Consultant – Energy Markets, Jacobs | Producing hydrogen for Australia’s long distance freight network

Information for the AusRAIL PLUS 2019 Young Rail Professionals Pitching Competition will be released shortly.

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 2019 pitching competition will be announced shortly.

Conditions of entry


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 AusRAIL 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.


Open to all railway professionals who are 30yrs or under (as at 3 December 2019).

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