Land Forces 2021 Innovation PitchFest

Land Forces 2021 Innovation PitchFest

About Innovation PitchFest 

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 short 3-minute pitchThe event brings together DSTG, industry and academia and is an opportunity to learn from rising talents in Australia’s research and development sector. 

2021 PitchFest Goes Virtual 
This year, to accommodate the current COVID-19 safety measures, Innovation PitchFest will look a little different. Successful applicants, in lieu of live presentations, will deliver their pitches prior to the event via Zoom. Pitches will be recorded and stitched together to produce a virtual form of the typical PitchFest. The compilation of 3-minute pitches will be played throughout the day at Land Forces and streamed via the official Land Forces website from 1 June 2021.  

Critically, the recorded pitches will be presented to our judging panel who will determine the winning presentations to be awarded in the following categories: 

  • Best Overall Pitch 
  • Best Overall Innovation 
  • Best Land Domain Innovation 

The provisional list of judges is:

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

 

Update:

Winners were announced on Wednesday 26 May before Land Forces 2021 and trophies presented as part of the event’s Innovation and Technology for the Future Force Conference (Thursday 3rd June). 

View Results 

 

 

Congratulations to the following entrants who were selected to pitch:

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

 

The Pitch

Recording 
Selected applicants will be allocated individual time slots for the presentation of their pitches via Zoom, which will be recorded. Zoom invitation links will be provided to each presenter closer to the day of recording. To maintain consistency with the traditional Pitchfest event, presentations will be constrained to 3 minutes maximum and can be supported by a single static Power Point slide (i.e. no animation, video or audio content in the slide). The message and impact are to be delivered by your verbal presentation. 

 
Questions
For further questions about the event, write to us at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.   

 

Schedule 

Recording sessions via Zoom Mid May 2021
Announcement of Winners Wednesday, 26 May 
Land Forces 2021 Innovation PitchFest 1 – 3 June 
LAND FORCES 2021 Pitchfest Prizes Presentation 10.30am at the Innovation and Technology for the Future Force Conference on Thursday, 3 June 2021

 

 

 



 


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