Renewable energy solutions for a better world
Axis Energy Group is a Queensland-based renewable energy company developing a novel type of ducted vertical axis turbine that has application in both wind energy and marine energy. The company’s technology addresses the shortcomings of other turbines and provides customers with a cost-effective solution to generate power in previously uneconomical low flow sites. Its modular design is an industry first and allows for minimal costs from manufacturing to installation, operation and maintenance. The company has received government grants and international investment. Axis is currently establishing proof of concept sites and will commence manufacturing and sales in 2018.
Presented by: Peter Kittel – Founder, Axis Energy
Founder, Axis Energy
Peter Kittel is Company Founder, Executive Director and Chief Inventor at Axis Energy Group Pty Ltd. Peter has deep expertise acquired through a varied career in engineering, construction, renewable energy, law and financial services corporations over a 40 year period. He commenced working with renewable energy solutions in the 1990s and is the author of multiple patents in the field. Peter has been involved with start-up ventures that have successfully transitioned into viable businesses and brings immense experience, expertise and technical skills to the team at Axis Energy.
Bombora Wave Power
Wave energy conversion to electrical energy
Bombora has developed a membrane wave energy converter called the mWave for the global renewable energy market. Resting on the sea floor similar to a fully submerged reef, it is invisible from the shoreline. As ocean waves pass over the mWave the membrane deflects pumping air through a turbine to generate electricity. The mWave is unique among wave energy converters as it simultaneously addresses the cost of energy and ocean wave survivability challenges. The mWave is protected by international patents.
Presented by: Sam Leighton – Founder, CEO, Bombora Wave Power
CEO, Bombora Wave Power
Balancing human needs and energy constraints
Ecospectral’s BRIM system, developed in the ACT and manufactured in Australia, is a powerful scalable IoT sensing and control platform for buildings and city infrastructure. BRIM shrink-wraps energy use around building occupancy patterns while also delivering functions to benefit safety, comfort, building use intelligence and valuable demand management, maximising the ROI and value of PV, battery and grid supplied energy investments. It is not just a box that reports energy use. We measure occupancy patterns and control energy use according to those patterns in a room-by-room, space-by-space manner giving adaptive fine-grained real-time demand management.
Presented by: David Keightley – CEO, Ecospectral
Revolutionising how organisations operate
Elula is a leading provider of Artificial Intelligence (AI), advanced analytics and data visualisation products and services. Our tools empower leaders to make data driven decisions, focus their team on the highest value work, and optimise their workforce, inventory, supply chain, IT infrastructure, and transport networks. This delivers enhanced customer experience, cost savings, and revenue uplift. We are passionate about revolutionising how businesses operate by pioneering the Artificial Intelligence revolution at work and delivering game-changing business outcomes. We are focused on solving complex problems, delivering actionable insights, driving exceptional commercial value and embedding cultural change.
Presented by: Josh Shipman – Co-founder, Elula
Improving today’s treatment, informing tomorrow’s cures
EpiSoft is an innovative digital health company that is punching well above its weight. EpiSoft has developed a platform technology that supports any chronic disease and is proven in cancer, mental health, hepatitis, Crohn’s disease, eye disease and addiction disorders. It provides care coordination and treatment planning in line with best practice evidence in these massive chronic disease markets. EpiSoft has developed a highly scalable and configurable application that will deliver economies of scale to areas of medicine that until now had limited if any software that could meet their need. The software also bridges the information divide between everyday care and cutting edge clinical research.
Presented by: Jenny O’Neill – CEO, Episoft
Factories that think
Today factories consume half of the world’s energy, a quarter of the world’s water and produce three quarters of all solid waste. Our vision is a world where factories can think: identifying opportunities to become more efficient, selecting how to source and use energy dynamically, and are self-regulating. With Factoryone, tomorrow’s factories will produce benefits for the world, without the waste.
Presented by: Bernard Kornfeld – Chief Scientist, Factoryone
Chief Scientist, Factoryone
Using space technology to connect everything
Fleet is building the global digital nervous system to power the next industrial revolution. When launched, it will provide free, global connectivity to the more than 75 billion connected devices that will transform industries around the world. Fleet was founded in South Australia in 2015 by aerospace engineers who wanted to solve the issue facing businesses globally over the next decade: how to connect billions of sensors and devices, simply and cheaply. Fleet will launch the first of more than 100 planned nanosatellites in 2018, creating a global, free connectivity network that will plug directly into the millions of digital sensors already beginning to transform industries like agriculture, logistics, and mining and gas.
Presented by: Flavia Tata Nardini – CEO, Fleet
Flavia Tata Nardini
Space engineer Flavia Tata Nardini began her career at the European Space Agency before joining TNO to apply her technical knowledge to advanced space propulsion engineering projects. In 2015, she co-founded Fleet to solve the issue facing businesses globally over the next decade: how to connect the more than 75 billion connected devices expected to come online over the next decade, simply and cheaply.
We grow. Food. Planet. Profit.
FluroSat saves a family farmer AUD$100k or 20% in wasted fertilizer annually. The product is best thought of as “satellite guided fertilizer”. FluroSat supplies a farmer with a precise nutrient prescription they feed into a smart tractor. The company uses computer vision and Machine Learning to process hyperspectral imaging data from satellite and drones, to identify nutrient deficiencies at a very granular level. $10B of fertilizer is wasted annually that FluroSat can address. Further to that, greater value to the industry is provided by AI-driven yield prediction models. FluroSat is currently monitoring farms in five states in Australia and in California, USA.
Presented by: Anastasia Volkova – Founder, Flurosat
Anastasia Volkova is an aeronautical engineer completing her PhD in autonomous drone navigation. She has experience ranging from projects with the NASA robots onboard International Space Station to managing 370-person team for UEFA. Anastasia has recently been awarded an Amelia Earhart Fellowship for her commitment to advancing the application of aerospace engineering. Her passion for the real-world application has found expression in the startup, FluroSat which has successfully finished Telstra’s muru-D accelerator program and is now monitoring farms using drones and satellites in five states in Australia.
Converting real-time data into actionable, operational intelligence
Future Grid is a software company that has developed a platform to convert vast amounts of real-time operational data into mission critical decisions. For example, one client in the electricity sector uses the platform to orchestrate 3 billion data points every day to mitigate the impact of distributed energy resources (e.g. solar) in real-time for 650,000 customers. Using the platform, customers have improved network reliability, improved customer safety and reduced infrastructure cost. Today, cloud solutions centralise data processing. Future Grid’s highly efficient software provides unique server-scale performance at the edge of networks enabling future decentralised data models.
Presented by: Chris Law – Founder, Future Grid
Founder, Future Grid
Smart camera for home food production
GardenSpace is the world’s first visual garden sensor. Our GardenSpace unit makes growing food at home easy by monitoring, guiding, and automating growing. Home food growing is not a sustainable production method because of modern life styles. Home crops fail because of a lack of time, knowledge, and external threats. We have taken ag-tech solutions and made them low-cost and applicable to home food growers.
Presented by: James Deamer – CEO, GardenSpace
Making robotics and advanced manufacturing simpler
At Hind Technology we design and manufacture robotics control systems that are simpler and affordable to operate. Our vision is to provide advanced robotics controllers for current and future advanced manufacturing industries with clear focus on simplicity and reliability of the design. There is a huge international market and demand for our products with over 95% of sales towards exports. Our controllers have been shipped to over 28 countries.
Presented by: Jatinder Grewal – CEO, Hind Technology
CEO, Hind Technology
The smart tech behind little payments
Littlepay is a fast-growing fintech with a ground-breaking product that’s transforming the way businesses process little payments. Littlepay has created a versatile open loop payments platform which can be adapted to suit a range of industry verticals. With an initial focus on the transit industry, littlepay have deployed their contactless payment solution with several of the UK’s major transport operators – allowing travellers to use their mobile wallet, payment card or wearable device to travel without a second thought.
Presented by: Michael Walters – Founder & CEO, littlepay
Founder & CEO, littlepay
Helping the Internet to grow
Modular Photonics, a spin out from the laser and photonics research group at Macquarie University, is manufacturing a series of glass chip micro devices that significantly and cost effectively increase data transmission rates and ranges, across multi building campuses. The devices can achieve 100 times increase in data transfer speeds over 10 times the distance, at approximately one tenth the cost of current fibre upgrade options.
Presented by: Michael Withford – CEO, Modular Photonics
CEO, Modular Photonics
Product-integrated supply chain monitoring technology
Nucleotrace has developed the first product-integrated supply chain monitoring and anti-counterfeiting technology for consumable products. Information such as the batch number, expiry date and manufacturing facility are encoded into fragments of DNA which are incorporated into the product as a non-toxic molecular fingerprint. Nucleotrace technology has the capacity to significantly reduce drug counterfeiting which is responsible for one million deaths and costs the pharmaceuticals industry $100 billion each year.
Presented by: Nick Owen – Founder, Nucleotrace
Web learning platform for 3d objects
Pedestal exists to improve online education in object based disciplines. Pedestal does this by making it easy for teachers and students to use 3d representations of objects online. Our 3d media platform helps educators improve and enhance object based learning by reducing issues of access and limited handling and adding advanced tools for analysis through a simple web interface.
Presented by: Michael Rampe – CEO, Pedestal
Mobile navman to enable smarter farming
Current precision agriculture technology is unaffordable and inappropriate for most farmers in the world. Platfarm turns the smart device the farmer already owns into a mobile navman, enabling them to carry out smarter work on their land in order to maximise yields, whilst optimising the use of inputs. The app has simple tools to create an informed prescription map of where work needs to be carried out. When in the cab, the app tells the operator when to start and stop work. Platfarm earns money through re-occurring premium subscriptions, and transactional revenue share when farmers purchase inputs through the platform.
Presented by: Oli Madgett – Founder, Platfarm
AI-Driven Human Automation and Medical Diagnostics
Presagen has a unique AI platform that allows rapid development and delivery of cloud-based
products in two areas: automation of human behavior and medical diagnostics. Presagen’s automation platform uses Defense technology, leveraging behavioral science and psychology, to automate complex human centric tasks that require human-like reasoning and decision-making, which are difficult to automate using machine or deep learning. Presagen’s medical diagnostics platform uses a range of deep learning and computer vision techniques to analyze medical images, create validated diagnostic models, and deliver the models to end users via a cloud-based delivery tool.
Presented by: Michelle Perugini – Co-founder, Presagen
health, medical research, advanced analytics, and cognitive AI. Michelle spent the first 13 years of her career in health and medical research, specializing in predictive genetics and translational medicine. She was the pioneer of new methods in proteomics that now drive drug discovery. Michelle co-founded global technology company ISD Analytics, with award-winning predictive analytics product Simulait, which was acquired by Ernst and Young (EY) in 2015. Michelle has authored various research papers and is the recipient of many innovation awards and grants. She is now working with and mentoring various innovative technology start-ups, and is a co-founder of Presagen and Life Whisperer. Presagen has a unique AI platform that allows rapid development and delivery of cloud-based products in two areas: automation of human behavior and medical diagnostics. Life Whisperer provides AI-driven decision support for non-invasive image analysis to improve embryo selection for IVF, and to ultimately improve outcomes for couples wanting to have children.
Smarter care alerts and notifications
Sofihub is a voice based hub that learns normal behaviours of residents and manages alerts and notifications based on “abnormal” behaviours. It is unique because it doesn’t require residents to wear any pendants or charge any devices and the primary interface is via voice. SofiHub is located with the Telstra backed accelerator Muru-D and is expanding its clinical base to include USA, UK, Singapore and New Zealand.
Presented by: Marc Niemes – Director Ecosystems, Sofihub
Director Ecosystems, Sofihub
Train your own personal AI Assistant
Computers are good at doing what they’re told, but telling them what to do is tedious. With Syntropy, you train your own personal AI simply by using your computer. It watches you while you work, and without any explicit programming, learns to automate your common tasks and processes, saving you time and increasing your productivity.
Presented by: Matt Way – Founder, Syntropy
Connecting and empowering the Internet of Things
Thinxtra is rolling out the first nationwide Internet of Things (IoT) network in Australia, New Zealand and Hong Kong, based on Sigfox technology. This is the missing link – connectivity – between things and platforms. The network will cover 95% of the population by the end of 2017. Beyond managing these IoT networks, Thinxtra is building an ecosystem of partners (IoT platforms, device makers, system integrators, consultants, and researchers) to enable mass deployment of Industrial IoT, to make IoT a reality.
Presented by: Renald Gallis – Co-founder, Thinxtra
Less Obstruction. More Construction
Utillix Pty Ltd has created a Mapping Application for underground utilities and services. The applications concept is based around a real-time visual presentation of underground infrastructure. Utillix can quickly convert out-dated black and white drawings into a user friendly colour-coded, real-time format to mobile phones and tablets. Users can also do their own 2D draw, upload photos & videos, provide geolocation, upload project documentation and make utilities live in real-time.
Presented by: Connor Hughes – Chief Technology Officer, Utillix
Chief Technology Officer, Utillix
Transform the ways we approach learning
When used purposefully, technology enhances the education experience. By streamlining certain tasks, teachers can spend more time with children, classrooms can run more efficiently and parents can quickly and easily communicate with teachers. We believe technology can never replace human relationships or experiential, in-person learning. Instead, it is a tool to support the growth of each individual child. Xplor is an end-to-end operating system that allows childcare centres to communicate in real time with the children’s parents by sharing photos, messages and videos while also accepting payments, monitoring data and managing reporting obligations.
Presented by: Mark Woodland – CEO, Xplor
Mark Woodland joined his mother in her new childcare business after he left the army in 2010, devising an idea for an app-based sign-in for children enrolled at childcare centres. He developed Woodland Education’s three childcare centres to a $22 million business servicing 850 families. In January 2016, he sold Woodland Education to focus on Xplor. Xplor is one of the first apps to integrate iBeacon technology, which allows parents to automatically sign their children in and out of a childcare centre through bluetooth-enabled smart phones. The business services around 200,000 users in the childcare space. Xplor has recently been implemented in some of Australia’s top private schools as part of a beta programme. Xplor has 300 schools waiting to use their software.
Zeppelin Bend is building a platform to support the development of next generation operational technologies for electricity distribution networks. Our technology is needed for electricity networks to adapt to distributed energy resources and variable renewable energy.
Presented by: William Tarlinton – Managing Director, Zeppelin Bend
Managing Director, Zeppelin Bend
William (Bill) Tarlinton has 25 years of experience in the energy industry as an engineering professional, manager and entrepreneur. In his early career, Bill worked as a software engineer on real time systems. Later, he managed the operation of the electricity distribution network in the ACT, and oversaw the implementation of new business and control systems during a period of industry restructure. In 2001 he founded Opal Software, a software and services solutions company which was instrumental in the successful deployment of many of the Operational Control solutions for electricity distribution in Australia and New Zealand. Opal was acquired by General Electric in 2010. Bill founded a new company in 2014 (Zeppelin Bend) to develop next generation operational technologies for electricity distribution networks.