Perth, Friday 11 October 2013: The winner of the 1962 Prize for the most outstanding undergraduate student in the field of ICT is Laurence Da Luz from Edith Cowan University.
The prize was announced at the Dennis Moore Distinguished Oration held at the UWA Club on 10 October 2013. ACS WA Branch Chair David Cook explained, "The prize takes into consideration outstanding academic results, application and engagement within the ICT field, and a well-rounded approach to the computing discipline."
In 1962 the first computer was installed in Western Australia. Since then the Australian Computer Society (the ACS) has led the professional development of computing expertise into ubiquitous distribution of information technology and information systems. The 1962 Prize is a yearly celebration of the technology achievements of the ICT professionals of the future.
ACS Branch Chair David Cook commented, "There is a growing need for high level ICT graduates with the combination of both computing skills and the creative vision to apply innovative solutions."
Laurence is only the second person to have been awarded the prestigious 1962 Prize for his outstanding contribution to studies and involvement in the Information, Communications and Technology sector. He has previously enjoyed notable success as a driving force in the winning iAwards team that developed an Police Rescue App in collaboration with the Western Australian Police in the 2012 WAITTA awards.