UTS graduates recognised as "Coolest" in Australian Tech

1 November 2016

The creativity, innovation and entrepreneurial spirit of UTS graduates has been recognised with eight alumni named in Business Insider’s list of “The Coolest 100 People in Australian Tech”, celebrating the leaders and achievers in home grown innovation and entrepreneurial action. Who made the list? Meet the Aussie tech world’s coolest ...

Adrian Turner

Adrian TurnerCEO, Data61
Bachelor of Engineering (Electrical Engineering) (1991)

#97: After spending 18 years in Silicon Valley, UTS Luminary Adrian Turner returned to Sydney to take up the role CEO of Data61 – the innovation hub of the CSIRO – leading a team which aims to bridge the gap between research and industry to create commercial opportunities.

Lana Hopkins

Founder and CEO, Mon Purse
Bachelor of Business (2005)

#84: As CEO of Mon Purse, an online store which facilitates the design of bespoke leather goods, Lana Hopkins has seen the company, which she founded in 2014, received $A3.1 million kick-start fund earlier this year. The backbone of this start-up is their digital 3D bag builder which acts as an interface for consumers to design their own products, and Mon Purse has plans launches in the US in the coming months. 

Paul Rybicki

Head of TV and Content, Optus
Bachelor of Business (2000)

#58: As the Head Content Production at Optus, Paul Rybicki has successfully bid $A200m for the rights to the English Premier League – disrupting the current model programing options, as well as pioneering Optus’ new mobile strategy.

Hamish Petrie

Founder and CEO, Ingogo
Bachelor of Business (1993)

#54: In the spirit of disrupting the disruption, Hamish Petrie launched Ingogo – now a major competitor to Uber, after they partnered with major taxi companies to connect drivers directly with passengers through a mobile app. This year they challenged the previously sanctioned government policy by introducing fixed fares rather than the traditional meter-based fares. 

Dan Siepen

Co-Founder, Coder Factory
Bachelor of Business (2015)

#53: Dan Siepen is the co-founder of Coder Factory, a Sydney-based coding school which pioneers executive training camps for the C-Suite, giving them the chance to transform their business practice through technology. 

Richard White

Richard WhiteCEO, WiseTech Global
Master of Business Information Tech Management (2002)

#35: WiseTech is a global software solutions firm which specialises in logistics and shipping – a start-up which began in UTS Luminary Richard White’s basement in the 90s. From these humble beginnings, in April this year WiseTech publically listed and is now valued at over $1.6 billion.

Pete Cooper

Founder, The Start Society
Bachelor of Applied Science (Computing Science) (1988)

#26: Angel investor Pete Cooper founded The Start Society in 2013 and has since aided more than 300 businesses globally. He was one of the many minds behind the creation of the Fishburners co-working space down the road from UTS – and is also an active industry mentor.

Maile Carnegie

Maile CarnegieGroup Executive Digital Banking, ANZ
Bachelor of Business (Marketing) (1992)

#23: From Google Managing Director, UTS Luminary Maile Carnegie moved across to ANZ earlier this year to focus on creating change in global banking – forecasting the transformative impact which blockchain, big data and artificial intelligence will have on the industry.