Issue 9
Monday, 02 November 2020
Charles Darwin University
E-news
Bachelor of Software Engineering graduate Joel Benesha (right) and David Bradley show off a prototype of the smart watch at the CDU IT Code Fair last year
Bachelor of Software Engineering graduate Joel Benesha (right) and David Bradley show off a prototype of the smart watch at the CDU IT Code Fair last year

CDU graduate named innovative young achiever

By Carl Pfeiffer

A Charles Darwin University graduate who developed a smartwatch prototype designed to help address health issues in remote communities has been recognised at the Northern Territory Young Achiever Awards. 

Joel Benesha, who graduated this year with a Bachelor of Software Engineering, won the appropriately-named Charles Darwin University Innovation Award. 

The 23-year-old developed the smartwatch prototype which uses Telstra’s 4G sim network and several sensors to provide feedback to doctors on how to best aid remote patients. 

Joel said he hoped the innovation would help address the Territory’s remote health issues. 

“I came up with the idea and took a functional prototype to the CDU IT Code Fair last year to find out what people from the industry would say,” he said. 

“It’s had a lot of interest and I’m hopeful we can get enough funding to develop it further. 

“It’s amazing to get so much recognition for it, hopefully with enough backing we can progress to the trial stage.”  

Joel runs technology/robotic workshops in remote Indigenous communities and said he had been in discussions with elders to trial the smart watch in a number of locations.

In addition to the impressive smartwatch prototype, Mr Benesha was also recognised at the awards for building a humanoid robot that can pick up objects, talk and walk.

Currently working as Director of Benesha Robotics and a software engineer at Corrosion Instruments, Joel said he hoped to begin his PhD with CDU soon.