Smart Trade Hubs project shortlisted for ACS Digital Disruptor award

A research collaboration between digital design experts at Queensland University of Technology experts and fin-tech developer Smart Trade Networks was one of just two ICT Research Project of the Year finalists in the 2022 Australian Computer Society (ACS)’s Digital Disruptor Awards.

The other finalist was University of Technology Sydney project ‘Onboarding Gen Z to eBay using an innovative multi-modal hypergraph model’.

The winner, announced on Wednesday 23 February, was the Gen Z project, but we’re still very proud of our partners in the ‘Smart trade hubs’ project.

What does the Award recognise?

The ICT Research Project of the Year Award is designed to acknowledge projects that have involved significant research in a specific field of information and communications technology, and that have has gone through the peer review process, as demonstrated through citations, publications, grants and/or conferences. The ACS is looking to recognise research projects that have positively impacted the organisations involved, the industry as a whole or the broader community.

The ACS Digital Disruptor Awards celebrate outstanding tech talent in the Australian computer industry and recognise the innovators, disruptors, leaders, emerging professionals and tech superstars transforming to the field of computer science.

What is the Smart trade project?

The ‘Smart trade’ project is an ongoing collaboration between researchers at Queensland University of Technology (QUT), SME BeefLedger and its spin-off start-up Smart Trade Networks, and two CRCs: Food Agility CRC, then the Future Food Systems CRC.

A multidisciplinary project team. led by QUT Design Lab’s Professor Marcus Foth, has spent the past five years developing an Ethereum-backed digital trading platform, establishing a proof of concept (POC) and, most recently, extending the platform to new products and new markets such as Japan and South-East Asia.

Digital Disruptors on Sky News

Two members of the ‘Smart trade hubs’ project team were interviewed by Sky News in a recent ‘Digital disruptors’ segment that featured the ACS Awards contenders for 2022. The segment includes discussion of BeefLedger/STN’s new platform and the collaborative, multi-disciplinary effort required to get it market.

To view the segment, click here.

Lead image: QUT-Smart Trade Networks-CRC project has been named a finalist in the ACS Digital Disruptors Award 2022. Image courtesy of QUT Design Lab and Prof Marcus Foth