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The three Prizewinners in the LAND FORCES 2018 Innovation Pitchfest in Adelaide last week received their trophies from Australian Minister for Defence, the Hon. Christopher Pyne MP on Wednesday, 5 September. From a field of 30 ‘Pitchers’ from industry, academia and DST Group, they were named winners by a five-strong panel of Judges lead by the Chair of the Defence Science Institute (DSI) Advisory Board, John O’Callaghan.

  • Best Pitch - Robert Gorkin (Imagine Intelligent Materials) - Smart Monitoring of Ballistic Armour using Graphene
  • Best Innovation – Alexander Wright (Ecojet) - Micro-Turbine Generators - Agile Power for Tomorrows Forces
  • Best Land Forces Innovation – Michael Creagh (Skyborne Technologies) - Micro Unmanned Combat Aerial Vehicle (MUCAV)

Sincere congratulations to them all.

The Innovation Pitchfest was organised by the DSI in partnership with DST Group, the Defence Innovation Partnership (DIP) and the Defence Innovation Network (DIN). It took place over two consecutive days at LAND FORCES 2018 – Tuesday 4 and Wednesday 5 September.

The Defence Science Institute selected 30 ‘pitchers’ who each delivered a 3-minute pitch at the LAND FORCES 2018 Innovation Pitchfest. The Pitches were judged by an expert panel:

  • Mr John O’Callaghan, Chair of the DSI Advisory Board (Chair)
  • AVM Margaret Staib (Retired) – NT Defence and Security Advocate
  • Mr Roland Stevens – Austrade Head of Advanced Manufacturing and Defence
  • Mr Will Miller – founder and CEO of Crumpler
  • Mr Nick Mebberson – Owner, Bespoke Engineering (SA SME)

The Innovation Pitchfest is a feature of all major events organised by Industry Defence and Security Australia Limited. It is an opportunity to showcase an innovative Australian idea/technology application/product in in early stage of its development (pre-commercialisation) to an audience including Primes, OEMs, Defence customers/users, research professionals, venture financiers and critical/interested peers.
This event is designed to help demonstrate innovation, research collaboration and development strengths.

The LAND FORCES 2018 Innovation Pitchfest presenters were:

Company Topic
Nova Systems GOANNA Incident Response System
UNISYS Software Defined Network Security
Encyclo Encyclo
Imagine Intelligent Materials Smart Monitoring Ballistic Armour using Graphene
University of Technology Sydney (UTS) Adaptive AR for Land Warfare
University of Technology Sydney (UTS) Absolute Global Patterns for Localisation
EPE Establish Counter UAS Threat Laboratory Capability
Skyborne Technologies Micro Unmanned Combat Aerial Vehicle (MUCAV)
Universal Field Robots Universal Field Robots ‐ Autonomous Outdoor Machines
Cold Logic Achieving increased energy efficiency in ADF climate control applications
ecojet Engineering Micro‐Turbine Generators ‐ Agile Power for Tomorrows Forces
University of Adelaide RFID enabled wristband for weapons authentication and distress detection in active combat situations
Solinnov Multi‐channel Hardware In‐the‐loop Electromagnetic Emulation (MHILEE)
Amiga Engineering Metal 3D printing
Plattar Virtual customer experience
Victoria University ExoSpine
Victoria University Overcoming METH addiction
RMIT University Next generation High‐Performance Materials for Protection
RMIT University Cognitive Human‐Machine Interfaces and Interactions for Manned‐Unmanned Teaming
DST group The Next Generation of Drones – Drawing Inspiration from Nature
DST group Using Artificial Intelligence Techniques for Secure Wireless Communication
DST group Modelling Complex Warfighting Strategic Research Investment
DST group Distributed Transmission Power Control for Low Probability of Detection Communications
DST group Ravos – Harnessing integrated mission systems for greater land vehicle resilience
DST group SMARTNet: Managing tactical networks so the right information gets to the right person at the right time
DST group Data Enhanced Warfighter Performance
DST group Application of assistive technologies in the Defence domain
DST group Lightweight Heat Pipe Cooling Vest
DST group Intelligent Automated Decision Superiority (i‐ADS)