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GovHack TAFE students receive national recognition

South Regional TAFE’s students were recognised for their savvy and creative IT skills on a national stage at an award ceremony in Canberra last week.

Three teams of students who participated in the GovHack event have gone on from the regional level competition to receive honourable mentions at the state, national and international award levels. Their results were recognised out of 241 teams and more than 1000 participants across Australia and New Zealand.

GovHack is a government supported international competition that encourages anyone interested in data to get together and work out innovate ways to share and analyse data for the benefit of the greater community.

The TAFE Web, IT and Digital Media students were given the opportunity to compete nationally against industry experts. With major sponsors including InfoSys and Amazon, GovHack attracts wide participation from across the technology sector.

South Regional TAFE Managing Director Sue Lapham congratulated the students on their recognition and their commitment to the challenge.

“These events complement the training we provide so it’s fantastic to see the students recognised for their innovation by industry groups at a national level.”

Albany TAFE student groups Parachute42 and Bright Minds, and Bunbury TAFE student group Wenergy WA received honourable mentions at GovHack Awards. BuddyUp also got an honourable mention in the international category.

South Regional TAFE lecturer Allison Coleman attended the awards ceremony and said she was extremely impressed with the students holding their own against large organisations and industry experts.

“The students’ ideas and projects have been recognised at such a high level. To me this demonstrates that we are preparing the students for the workplace to solve problems.”

Lecturer Jacob Edmondson said the technical skills of the students had shone through with major improvements shown in all areas.

“The level of what they achieved was very impressive,” he said.

South Regional TAFE IT Lecturer Ramin Majidi said the Albany students performed well.

“We were again very pleased to have such strong student participation from our current IT students and some former graduates too,” he said.

“This was the third time this event was held in Albany, and for the third year in succession, one of our students was awarded the Spirit of GovHack Albany award.”

At a state level Certificate III in Information Technology student Jayden Scahill (pictured) was awarded the Spirit of GovHack Albany award in recognition of his enthusiasm and excellence and Bradley Wake received the Spirit of GovHack Bunbury award.

Team and student names:


Team:  Parachute 42

Project:  BuddyUp

Members: Jayden Scahill, Jack Nostrini, Lance Basa, Tamara Cook, Sarah Madden, Jason Parre


Team:  Bright Minds

Project:  BizViz

Members:  Ronice Preston, Rajiv Kurryah, Michael Dolphin, Alexis Tresmaria, Jazmin Maher, Emilian Roman



Team: Wenergy

Members: Shane Cross, Tamara Stone, Timothy Branco, Cathryne Mitchell and Carl Mitchell.

Non-student representative: Sarah Blackman, Chairperson of the Engineers Australia South West Group providing industry expertise.


South Regional TAFE is planning on participating in the GovHack event again in 2020. The lecturers will be looking to encourage participation from a variety of student training areas.

For more information on studying information technology or digital media courses at South Regional TAFE visit our website:

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Some members of the Wenergy GovHack Bunbury group Timothy Branco, Shane Cross and Tamara Stone.



Troublesome Corner GovHack group with Spirit of GovHack winner Bradley Wake and team members Adam Leaves and Ciriel Lozano.



Albany GovHack group taking part in the GovHack event.


Page last updated December 12, 2019