Jarrod Trevathan - Round 1, 2019 Champion

Growing social enterprise through digital technology

Located in Logan

Dr Jarrod Trevathan has worked for more than 20 years as a senior information technology lecturer at Griffith and James Cook Universities, which he combines with industry experience as an IT educator, researcher and developer.

But it is the not-for-profit social enterprise, Substation33, based in Logan south of Brisbane, where his passion for digital technology lies.

Substation33 focuses on managing e-waste – electronic products that have become unwanted, non-working or obsolete, and have essentially reached the end of their useful life. Because technology advances at such a high rate, many electronic devices become “trash” after a few short years of use.

It is here that Jarrod helps the Logan community to produce low-cost environmental monitoring and assessment technologies using recycled and upcycled e-waste components. He works with South-East Queensland councils, water authorities and schools to establish a community-led water quality monitoring network.

Substation33 targets marginalised members of society such as those with disabilities, at-risk youth and generational unemployment. Jarrod’s contribution to the social enterprise provides opportunities for these people to receive vocational training and job placement in IT.

Jarrod’s activities:

Train STEM teachers in water quality with a view to including a water quality network with environmental monitoring as part of the STEM curriculum. Plans are being developed to run this course at South-East Queensland dams, creeks and river catchments.

Provide rolling grant writing and application training for Substation33 personnel to help them obtain funds to facilitate their start-up ideas.

Train Substation33 personnel in aspects of application and web programming, to identify those with the interest and aptitude to undertake tertiary studies.


Jarrod is nominated by Substation33


Growing social enterprise through digital technology

Located in Logan

Dr Jarrod Trevathan has worked for more than 20 years as a senior information technology lecturer at Griffith and James Cook Universities, which he combines with industry experience as an IT educator, researcher and developer.

But it is the not-for-profit social enterprise, Substation33, based in Logan south of Brisbane, where his passion for digital technology lies.

Substation33 focuses on managing e-waste – electronic products that have become unwanted, non-working or obsolete, and have essentially reached the end of their useful life. Because technology advances at such a high rate, many electronic devices become “trash” after a few short years of use.

It is here that Jarrod helps the Logan community to produce low-cost environmental monitoring and assessment technologies using recycled and upcycled e-waste components. He works with South-East Queensland councils, water authorities and schools to establish a community-led water quality monitoring network.

Substation33 targets marginalised members of society such as those with disabilities, at-risk youth and generational unemployment. Jarrod’s contribution to the social enterprise provides opportunities for these people to receive vocational training and job placement in IT.

Jarrod’s activities:

Train STEM teachers in water quality with a view to including a water quality network with environmental monitoring as part of the STEM curriculum. Plans are being developed to run this course at South-East Queensland dams, creeks and river catchments.

Provide rolling grant writing and application training for Substation33 personnel to help them obtain funds to facilitate their start-up ideas.

Train Substation33 personnel in aspects of application and web programming, to identify those with the interest and aptitude to undertake tertiary studies.


Jarrod is nominated by Substation33