Congratulations to team MEDS from RMIT University for their astounding solution which acquires electrocardiogram (ECG) scans from patients and transmits the data to facilitate sharing of the scans between medical professionals – a ground breaking idea and solution.

This year we had 21 teams from 11 universities across Australia participate in the Challenge. It’s great to have access to such a rich and diverse pipeline of talent to explore innovative ideas that will benefit Australians and help create a Connected World.

As a company and as a country we need to continue to stay at the forefront of technology in order to thrive, which means we need to continue to promote STEM subjects (science, technology, engineering & maths) in schools and universities to invest in the future.

Challenges like this help uncover and champion clever ideas that can lead to useful, commercial technologies, as well as inspire thinking that is outside the box. This outside-in aspect helps us bring external ideas and technologies into our own innovation process.

This evening, I attended the award ceremony in Melbourne and had the pleasure of meeting some of Australia’s brightest and most innovative individuals.

By supporting this challenge over the last three years we have seen some bright talent and fresh thinking. Students in past challenges have been offered credit points in their units and we’ve been thrilled to have some of them join our Telstra Graduate Program.

We hope we can create an environment where we can give our graduates an interesting career path to stay for the long term, we need to strive to keep our best talent in Australia.

The winning team from RMIT will receive coaching and mentoring from Telstra executives over the coming months and will be fast-tracked to the top 50 interviews for entry to muru-D’s boot camp program.

Additionally, the winning team will receive a grant of $10,000 for their university and each winner will take home a Samsung Smartphone.

Congratulations to the winners and all the teams involved in the 2015 Telstra University Challenge. I look forward to more amazing ideas in the years to come.

Winners – RMIT University

Runner up – La Trobe University

Runner up – University of NSW