Land FORCES 2021 Innovation




LAND FORCES 2021 Innovation Pitchfest – We have Winners!

Three innovative Australian companies have won the LAND FORCES 2021 Innovation Pitchfest Prizes:

  • Best Overall Innovation - Control drones & other devices with just two fingers – Annette McClelland (Tekuma)
  • Best Land Domain Innovation - Scotty - Digital Power Transfer Vehicle Alternator – Bruce Loxton (Safiery)
  • Best Presentation - Smart Microchips for Military Working Dogs – Dr Garnett Hall (VetChip)

You can view their successful pitches by clicking on the names of the winners. And you can view all of the pitches by clicking on this link:

LAND FORCES 2021 Innovation Pitchfest - Compilation


The winners’ trophies will be presented at LAND FORCES 2021 at the Innovation and Technology for the Future Force Conference on Thursday 3rd June.  They will be presented by the Keynote Speaker, Dr David Kershaw, Chief of DST Group’s Science Engagement and Impact Division.

Innovation Pitchfest is a dynamic and stimulating event where selected participants have the chance to present their latest science and technology ideas to Defence in the form of a short 3-minute pitch. The event is brought together by AMDA Foundation Limited, Defence Science Institute (DSI), Defence Science and Technology Group (DSTG), industry and academia and is an opportunity to learn from rising talents in Australia’s research and development sector.

This year, to accommodate the current COVID-19 safety measures, the Innovation Pitchfest was a little different. Successful applicants delivered their pitches prior to the event via Zoom. The pitches were recorded and stitched together to produce a virtual form of the typical Pitchfest.

The Judges were:

  • Mr John O’Callaghan (Chair – Victorian Defence Advocate)
  • Dr Claire Davis (DSI Associate Director)
  • Ms Sumen Rai (Acting Director, Defence Innovation Partnership)
  • Mr Nick Mebberson (Managing Director, Bespoke Engineering


For further questions about the event, contact Craig Butler at 

Innovation Pitchfest Key Dates

Announcement of Winners: Tuesday 25 May 2021
LAND FORCES 2021 Pitchfest Prizes Presentation: 1030 at the Innovation and Technology for the Future Force Conference on Thursday 3 June 2021

The full list of Pitchers and their Topics is:

Topic Name Company Email
What's behind the Trees? A/Prof Gregory Cohen Western Sydney University
Industry 4.0 R&D Digital Material Laboratory Mr. Jeff Lang Titomic
Control drones & other devices with just two fingers Ms. Annette McClelland Tekuma
Deployable Fuel Generation for Resilient Energy Mr. Adrian Martin CuraIT
AIVA - AI Driven Automated Assessment and Training Tools Mr. Christian Fulton AIVA
Escape Room Education Dr. Robert Ross LaTrobe University
RADENET: Rapid deployable IoT sensor network setup for hazardous environments Dr. Hamid Abdi Deakin University
Investigation of dual air‐marine vehicle for intermedia transition Dr. Nima Nadim Curtin University
Autonomous Behaviour Tracking of Military Working Dogs in Kennels Mr. Michael Stone Curtin University
Scotty ‐ Digital Power Transfer Vehicle Alternator Mr. Bruce Loxton Safiery
Creating a high antimicrobial environment is easy Mr. Richard Jeffery Biosafe Innovations
Training Cognitive Skills Can Enhance Soldiers Performance A/Prof Sean Muller Federation University
Drones and machine learning help build the best world map Dr. Karen Joyce GeoNadir
A Platform for Lean Model‐Based Systems Engineering Dr. Dan Powell Kompozition
Mobile Microgrid and Air Deployable Solar array Mr. Roy Mitchell Onetide Modular Systems
Large Scale Onboard Machinery Thermal Cloak Ms. Rebekah Manley Onetide Modular Systems
Smart Microchips for Military Working Dogs Dr. Garnett Hall Vetchip
Transforming Hearing Loss Detection on the Battlefield Dr. David Sly Sonic Skunk Works
Human Performance improvement through data analytics and artificial intelligence Mr. Michael Hardy KBR
Human Machine Teaming Mr. Aidan Creamer Chironix
SAWS: Stand‐off Automated Warning System Mr. Hamish MacDougal Murray Consulting Solutions
Live AI Training for humans to ask better questions Mr. Mic ('Mike') Black
Green Shield Prof. Udo Bach Monash University
Protecting soldiers with wheeled robots with maximum traction and manoeuverability Dr. Ian Spark Federation University