Avalon 2023 Innovation PitchFest
Innovation Pitchfest 2023 was held on 1 March as part of the 2023 Australian International Airshow and Aerospace & Defence Exposition the largest defence industry event ever held in Australia. It was organised by the Defence Science Institute in partnership with AMDA Foundation limited, the Defence Science Centre, Defence Innovation Partnership, Defence Innovation Network, and Queensland Defence Alliance.
20 ‘pitchers’ delivered presentation covered a diverse range of Australian innovations and technologies from training systems and virtual reality to satellite control, laser systems and software solutions to fleet management.
Below was the list of Avalon 2023 Pitchers
|Sal||First Name||Last Name||Company||Topic|
|Mr.||Darren||Roles||Ascent Professional Services||CorroVision ‐ Using AI and ML to optimise the spend on corrosion management for aviation platform|
|Ms.||Annette||McClelland||tekuma||Fly drones & control peripherals with one‐hand|
|Mr.||Neil||Mahoney||GEV Systems||Wing Ray autonomous ground effect vehicle|
|Mr.||Henry||Bilinsky||MicroTau||When Sharks Fly: Enhanced Mission Capability and Biomimetic Drag Reduction|
|Mr.||Daniel||Field||Stratoship||Bringing the Stratosphere within Reach|
|Mr.||Peter||Axiotis||SiNAB||Phoenix Pod: Modular Targeting, ISR and Communications for Aircraft|
|Mr.||Mircea||Petre||OptoTech||Directed High‐Energy Beam Laser System|
|Mr.||Clem||Newton‐Brown||Skyportz||Vertiports ‐ the missing piece fo the puzzle for Advanced Air Mobility|
|Dr.||Artur||Lugmayr||UXMachines||AEROphoria ‐ Autonomous Aerial Drone Mission Planning and Analytics Software|
|Ms.||Anne||Bettens||Deneb Space||Space Mobility|
|Ms.||Rachael||Barritt||Dovetail Electric Aviation||Dovetail Electric Aviation|
|Dr.||Nigel||Greenwood||Turbine Machine Genes||Reconstructing evolutionary digital twins of engines and missiles from small data sets|
|Mr.||Pete||Woodward||SoftWire Systems||Making Vibration Profile Creation Simpler with Aquila|
|Mr.||Lars||Oleson||Xailient||Tiny Edge AI Computer Vision ‐ the solution for significantly constrained environments|
|Dr.||Pete||Whittle||AirKonect Operations||Software for managing small aviation fleets|
|Mrs.||Bernadette||Grant||Advanced Composite Structures Australia||Manufacturing the future of Australian Hypersonic Vehicle Componentry!|
|Dr.||Richard||Parsons||Kite Magnetics||Lighter and more efficient electric motors for the next generation of sustainable aviation|
|Mr.||Benjamin||Krynski||Real Response||BlueRoom Mixed Reality Simulator|
|Mr.||Mike||Cruse||Definium Technologies||Sovereign Capability for Electronic Solutions Design and Manufacture|
|Dr.||Gursharan||Chana||MX3 Diagnostics||Optimised Hydration Monitoring for Air Force Personnel Using the MX3 Lab|
Congratulations to the winners of Innovation Pitchfest 2023:
- Best Innovation – Dr Nigel Greenwood, TheMachineGenes Group for how their lightweight Artificial Intelligence platform is quick to train and can be used to determine engine performance characteristics on very little flight time.
- Best Aerospace Innovation – Mr Henry Bilinsky, MicroTau for its shark-skin style riblet sheeting for aircraft wings to reduce drag and enhance the ability for the aviation industry reduce its carbon footprint.
- Best Pitch – Ms Anne Bettens, Deneb Space for a satellite control system based on reaction motors that is miniaturised, more power efficient and incorporates sensors that allows it to be used for satellite navigation as well as satellite orientation.
A seven-strong judging panel was made up of South Australian venture capitalist Geoff Thomas, Victorian Defence Advocate John O’Callaghan, Anthony Lazzoppina from Bondi Partners, Hidetaka Aoki from Space Port Japan and also a member of committee on National Space Policy, Cabinet Office, Government of Japan, Dr Mel Laws from DST Group, Group Captain Michael Burgess-Orton, Director – Jericho Disruptive Innovation Royal Australian Air Force and Dr George Feast from CSIRO.
Thank you to all the participants and the panel of judges who involved in this highly worthwhile initiative.