Expressions of Interest are invited from Industry (including Start- Ups) and Research Organisations to participate in an Innovation Showcase as part of the Pacific 2017 Exposition in Sydney (3 – 5 October 2017). The Showcase will include a series of short “pitches” aimed at demonstrating Australian innovation, research collaboration and development strengths. Up to thirty pitches will be selected from the participant groups (defence, industry and research organisations), with the pitch session being repeated on the first two industry days (Tuesday 3rd and Wednesday 4th of October) of the Exposition (Time 2pm – 4pm on both days).
Applicants for a slot in the three minute pitch agenda must demonstrate:
- Uniqueness and novelty (i.e. the innovation).
- Application or end goal of the innovation.
- Where future collaboration may be of benefit (and where it is best sourced from).
- Can be openly presented without fear of IP theft.
- Can be explained in an engaging manner to a general audience in 3 minutes.
- Avoid being seen as simply a sales pitch.
The pitch sessions are to be seen as an opportunity to showcase an innovative idea/technology application/product in an early stage of its development or commercialisation, to an audience which could possibly include Primes, OEMs, Defence customers/users, research professionals, venture financiers and critical/interested peers. In providing this forum during the Exposition trade days participants can take advantage of an advertised event in a prominent area of the indoor exhibition, utilising a fast pace and engaging presentation approach to ensure audience attention for the entire duration of the presentation. Participants are expected to pitch on both event days (the pitch stay the same, the audience changes!).
Participants will be provided training, free of charge excepting travel, in the art of the “3 minute pitch”. It is planned that training will be held in Melbourne and Adelaide. Participants are encouraged to attend this training session if previously done so.
The Innovation Showcase is a collaborative event supported by the organisers of PACIFIC 2017, the DST Group, the Defence Science Institute (DSI) and the Defence Innovation Partnership (DIP).
Please submit Expressions of Interest to (closing 31 August 2017):
Craig Butler, Defence Science Institute – Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Ms Sumen Rai, Defence SA – Email: email@example.com