The Tech23 will each be given a maximum of five minutes to present, with a warning bell sounding at four minutes. After the presentations, industry leaders will ask questions, offer advice and perspectives.

9:00am Industrial & Agriculture Sector Solutions
  • Abyss – Dr Nasir Ahsan
    abyss solutions
    Autonomous inspections and data analytics

    We are automating infrastructure and asset inspections, by deploying autonomous aquatic drones and using machine learning to automatically detect faults from the imagery captured by the drones. Our initial focus is waterways, where there is a desperate need for such a technology given the high risk and cost associated with manual inspections. we are currently doing a pilot trail with Sydney Water with the prospect of a $2 million inspection contract at the end.

    Presented by: Dr Nasir Ahsan – Co-founder/CEO, abyss Solutions


    Dr Nasir Ahsan

    Co-founder/CEO, abyss Solutions

    Dr Nasir Ahsan has 10 years experience in robotics and data analytics. He is a PhD from ACFR and has worked there as a researcher. He is also passionate about deep water exploration having spent time onboard the Nautilus EV (with Bob Ballard, discoverer of the Titanic) exploring the depths of the Caribbean and pacific ocean.Nasir’s expertise is in machine learning, which he has applied to benthic habitat mapping, financial forecasting, mining optimisation and many other fields.
  • Movus – Brad Parsons

    Fitbit for Industrial Machines
    We are an industrial IOT solutions business for heavy asset industries. Our first solution, SmartWagon is an industrial sensor and cloud solution that detects track failures to reduce derailment risk. IdleAlert is our second solution to reduce idling locomotives. SmartWagon is actively running on coal trains in Queensland. IdleAlert will be running within a month. Finally we are developing a Fitbit for Industrial Equipment called FitMachine. This custom sensor, cloud and analytics solution is designed to provide visibility, utilisation and condition health of industrial equipment.

    Presented by: Brad Parsons – Founder, MOVUS

  • Propeller – Rory San Miguel

    Propeller Aerobotics
    Drone Data Platform. Analytics, Big Data
    Propeller’s is creating a globally recognised platform that is the standard for usage and analysis of the new types of aerial data now easily available thanks to drones – and in the process, significantly changing the way sites are measured, managed and inspected. The two lines of the product target a) aerial surveying and b) asset inspections, giving users the data and tools all in the browser.

    Presented by: Rory San Miguel – Co-CEO/Co-founder, Propeller Aerobotics

9.45am Renewable Energy
  • Pooled Energy – John Riedl

    Pooled Energy
    Internet of Things for Swimming Pools
    Pooled Energy brings Internet of Things to residential swimming pools via a service bundling household electricity, equipment upgrades, pool management, chemicals and equipment maintenance and multiple unique technologies.

    We remotely monitor and manage water chemistry in real time and control all pool equipment to ensure water quality is better, healthier and always maintained, while substantially reducing energy and chemical consumption.

    Swimming pools typically account for 30% of the electricity use in their associated homes and the 1.2 million pools in Australia are a huge consumer of electricity. As a licensed electricity retailer we will also use grouped swimming pools to provide Grid stabilisation services.

    Presented by: John Riedl – CEO, Pooled Energy

  • Relectrify – Valentin Muenzel

    Revolutionising energy storage via reused batteries
    Rechargeable batteries power laptops, electric cars, and a breadth of other portable items. However, after only a few years of use, they are discarded. This is insane, because most of these old batteries still have the majority of their life remaining. At the same time, the demand for batteries in many less critical applications like household solar storage has seen dramatic increases. Relectrify is commercialising technology that is able to turn these old batteries into highly capable and affordable energy storage. The effect is that we turn e-waste liability into a renewable energy storage asset.

    Presented by: Valentin Muenzel – CEO/Co-founder, Relectrify

  • Switchdin – Andrew Mears

    We simplify solar and batteries
    Rooftop solar electricity and battery storage is transforming the way we think about electricity supply. However it is complex and new technologies mean that homeowners, businesses, solar installers, and utilities are struggling to keep up. SwitchDin simplifies the solar ecology by being the trusted data integration platform for the monitoring and control of most solar and battery systems. Our plug-and-play cloud connectivity enables smart monitoring and predictive control for individuals or across fleets of systems to optimise performance and cut costs minute to minute.

    Presented by: Andrew Mears – CEO, SwitchDin

10.30am Morning Tea
11.00am Education and Research
  • Atomnaut – Peter Liddicoat

    See every atom, design breakthrough materials
    Human DNA sequencing originally cost $3 billion. Over $500 billion revenue has been generated. Does a similar financial incentive and solution exist for inorganic materials, like steel or silicon? Absolutely. Advanced materials is a $3.5 trillion market. The challenge is that a material’s ‘DNA’ is encoded by it’s individual atoms – 20x smaller than human DNA. Atomnaut has developed the first microscope to image a material’s DNA – 3D position & element identity of every atom. A 100x improvement. Atomnaut designs patentable materials and manufacturing processes. Licensing patents to customers increases performance of their products and reduces costs of R&D.

    Presented by: Peter Liddicoat – CEO, Atomnaut

  • Liquid Instruments – Daniel Shaddock

    Liquid Instruments
    Test and measurement, reimagined
    Liquid Instruments makes a new breed of test and measurement devices that will help scientists and engineers to acquire data and run their experiments.The devices combine reconfigurable hardware, advanced digital signal processing and a breakthrough iPad user interface. Liquid Instruments was formed to commercialise advanced digital signal processing developed at the ANU over the last 15 years.

    Presented by: Daniel Shaddock – CEO, Liquid instruments

  • Me3D – Leanne Connelly

    Me3D Pty Ltd
    Australian 3D-printers designed to educate
    Me3D design and manufacture affordable 3D Printing equipment to meet the needs of Australian education, from students to professionals. We were founded as a company in late 2013 in the engineering hub of Wollongong, New South Wales. The three co-founders, Matt Connelly, Fletcher Thompson and Leanne Connelly, brought with them an experienced mix of design, engineering and economic backgrounds. Backed by our close ties to the University of Wollongong, the iAccelerate programme and funded through ongoing sales, we are moving quickly from selling 20 printers a month to 200 and establishing an exceptional reputation for customer service in the market.

    Presented by: Leanne Connelly – Founder, Me3D

  • Parent Paperwork – Fiona Boyd

    Parent Paperwork
    We replace paper forms in schools
    Our mission is to replace paper forms in schools around the world. We help schools capture, manage and report data from across their enterprise to improve productivity and efficiency, and deliver a better experience for parents and staff. Schools save significant cost and time by moving their parent permission and other paper forms to our online system. Parents love it too, on average almost 60% of parents return their online forms within 24 hours, a rate far superior to traditional processes. ParentPaperwork is fast, secure and reduces risk for schools, plus integrates to their existing management databases.

    Presented by: Fiona Boyd – Founder, Parent Paperwork

  • Chris Beare – Chairman of Saluda Medical, Cohda Wireless, and Significant Systems; Director of Pooled Energy and Capital Markets Technology
  • Michelle Deaker – Managing Director and CEO, OneVentures
  • Paul Shetler – CEO, Digital Transformation Office
  • Nick Wailes – Associate Dean (Digital and Innovation), UNSW Business School
12.00pm Better Lives, Saving Lives
  • Aipoly – Alberto Rizzoli

    Artificial Intelligence Navigation for the Blind
    Aipoly allows your mobile device to see and understand the physical world, and cleverly assist you in navigation. Our app, designed for the blind, uses artificial intelligence and computer vision to describe a phone’s camera view out loud with real-time narration, like a personal visual guide. Our technology uses convolutional neural networks, a state of the art deep learning technique, to provide them a new way to see the world. Aipoly is the first company in the world to deliver this technology on mobile phone hardware, greatly reducing the cost of assistive technology. Our navigation systems will also be integrated in Project Tango tablets for uses in retail, education, and robotics adding augmented reality features.

    Presented by: Alberto Rizzoli – Co-founder, Aipoly

  • One Atmosphere – Tim Lyons

    One Atmosphere
    Innovation, Safety, Performance: For Challenging Environments
    One Atmosphere was founded in 2009 with the specific purpose of commercialising innovative technology into the Defence and Industry sectors. Over this short period, One Atmosphere has secured funding from the Australian Defence Force (ADF) to advance One Atmosphere’s foremost innovation, the Pegasus Aircraft post-crash emergency buoyancy System, for helicopters. The company has received many industry awards and has been successful in securing grant funding from Australia’s Department of Industry, Innovation and Science to commercialise Pegasus into the international Defence and Civil Aviation Industries.

    Presented by: Tim Lyons – Founder, One Atmosphere

  • RestAlert – Felicity Millman

    Sleep Better. Drive Safer
    RestAlert uses information from wearable technology to passively analyse sleep data and pre-emptively informs individuals when they are likely to be at risk of fatigue impairment. It provides personalised alerts if they have reached dangerous levels of fatigue, and what individuals can do to improve their sleep patterns enabling them to reduce their risk of fatigue related accidents. RestAlert also lets organisations know if their workforce is fatigued, when they are most commonly fatigued and what type of fatigue they are experiencing enabling the efficient implementation of risk management strategies to protect both employer and employee.

    Presented by: Felicity Millman – Founder, RestAlert

12.45pm Lunch
1.45pm Solutions for Retail and Enterprise
  • City Beach Software – Ivan Logan

    City Beach Software
    Set your products free!
    City Beach Software was founded in 2012 after seeing the integration challenges that retailers faced when trying to broaden their online markets, from Dr Logan’s experience as Global Head of Development for and prior to this as Technology Director at Fairfax Digital. City Beach Software developed the unique Omnivore platform and has invested in research and development to evolve the product to enable scalability and stability for online retailers. They help retailers connect quickly and seamlessly to new channels, funded by organic growth from their foundation customers integrating onto large online market places including eBay, Google and

    Presented by: Ivan Logan – Founder/Director, City Beach Software

  • Eleos Technologies – Christopher Kirk

    Eleos Technologies
    Delivering advanced enterprise knowledge management solutions

    Eleos Technologies is a Victorian company developing world-beating knowledge management and big data solutions. Formed in 2013, Eleos is developing novel and non-traditional ways of managing data and metadata, enabling a range of knowledge assets, including web and intranet content, HR records, data and other resources to be identified, sorted and updated quickly and effectively. Eleos’ first commercialised product is an Enhanced Metadata Management Application (EMMA) for global enterprise and government customers. The EMMA platform represents a steep change in capability over existing solutions, providing significantly more capability over a wider range of applications.

    Presented by: Christopher Kirk – Director, Eleos Technologies

  • HIVERY – Jason Hosking

    Data Has A Better Idea
    Hivery helps companies grow their profit line. We do this by building prescriptive analytics tools to solve individual business problems in ways that humans cannot. Our first solution to market, Vending Analytics, is a simple-to-use cloud-based vending intelligence software. Sitting on top of existing vending management systems, the software generates recommendations on how to optimize individual vending machines to maximize sales and minimize stock-outs. It is currently deployed by Coca-Cola Amatil across its entire vending fleet

    Presented by: Jason Hosking – Co-founder & CEO, HIVERY

  • Locomote – Ross Fastuca

    The world’s most powerful travel platform
    Melbourne-based technology company, Locomote, is one of Australia’s fastest growing tech businesses. A global corporation, Locomote empowers companies to manage every aspect of their business travel – including bookings, duty of care, authorisation, budgets and expenses – from any device anywhere in the world. Since the product launch in 2014, Locomote has transformed corporate travel for companies like ANZ, Allen & Overy and Medibank.

    Presented by: Ross Fastuca – CIO/Co-founder, Locomote

  • Alisa Bowen – Group Director, Digital Product & Development, News Corp
  • Tony Faure – Chairman, Pollenizer
  • Kim Jenkins – Group Director: Strategy, Mergers & Acquisitions, SAI Global
  • Creel Price – Serial Entrepreneur, Author & Co-founder, Investible
2.45pm Medtech
  • Breathewell – Daniel Zafir

    Respiratory Innovations Pty Ltd
    Empowering Patients to Improve Cancer Treatment
    Respiratory Innovations is an Australian investment-backed medical device company, developing Breathe Well: a class 1 medical device that uses optical and infrared sensors to record, analyse and display a measure of breathing function, plus audio-visual guidance instructions, for patients undergoing movement-sensitive medical procedures. Breathe Well’s primary applications are in lung, breast and liver cancer therapies, where the irregular motion of breathing once corrected using this technology improves the accuracy and efficacy of treatment, improves patient quality of life, and reduces the incidence of medical complications saving patients and health-care systems millions of dollars annually in potentially avoidable costs.

    Presented by: Daniel Zafir – Managing Director, Respiratory Innovations

  • Nano-X – Ilana Feain

    Nano-X Pty Ltd
    Lean Innovation Transforming Global Access to Radiotherapy
    Nano-X Pty Ltd is a startup medical device company building small footprint and affordable radiotherapy machines for treating cancer. These machines will completely disrupt the radiation oncology industry and the way treatment is delivered. Our vision is to provide a safe, appropriate, affordable and sustainable solution for global accessibility of cancer treatment by using lean innovation and by moving the complexities of the system from hardware to software. Nano-X Pty Ltd is a portfolio company of ATP Innovations, Australia’s most successful technology business incubator.

    Presented by: Ilana Feain – Managing Director, Nano-X

  • Pathobin – Shane Battye

    A connected world of digital pathology
    For pathologists, Pathobin provides solutions for digitising surgical specimens and microscope slides. Pathobin is designed and tested by pathologists for pathologists. Our pathology digitisation methods capture high quality, low cost virtual specimens for advanced diagnosis and image analysis.

    Presented by: Shane Battye – CEO, Pathobin

3:30pm Afternoon Tea
4.00pm Using Data
  • Anonalytix – Ruth Marshall

    Privacy preserving analytics for unit-level data

    We are Data Privacy and Security specialists with a vision to achieve two seemingly contradictory results:

    • improve the protection of everyone’s personal and sensitive data, worldwide; and

    • improve accessibility, completeness and quality of data for analytical purposes.

    Our cloud based technology offers a new approach to data anonymisation by producing synthetic data sets that cannot be re-identified. We preserve the statistical properties of the original data for analytical purposes, while removing the risk of privacy breach. Our approach can eliminate costly administrative processes for private data sharing, and enable high quality analytical results in a range of industries.

    Presented by: Ruth Marshall – Commercial Lead/CEO, Anonalytix

  • SMG Tech – Zane Hall

    SMG Technologies Pty Ltd
    Spearheading data revolution in predictive analytics
    SMG Technologies offers proprietary software products that employ bleeding edge analytics to aggregate data from hundreds of different sources. Our company offers services for any organisation or individual seeking to get an edge in training, performance, health and wellness across a range of industries. SMG products have the power to seamlessly collect disparate data sets, analyse according to defined formulas, return insights and predictions of patterns in behaviours from a range of variables. All products gather any data set onto one platform and all results and insights powered by the built-in predictive analytics engine, not in addition to the solution.

    Presented by: Zane Hall – CEO, SMG Technologies

  • Sports Performance Tracking – William Strange

    Sports Performance Tracking
    Sports analytics package for amateur atheletes
    SPT is a GPS unit and software application for semi-elite / amateur sporting people around the world. The ability for consumers to turn the subjective into objective using Sports Science and Big Data. Using Metrics and algorithms developed by the smartest minds in sport, amateurs now have access to technology that has developed and educated the Elite’s for many years.This information has changed how top-end sports are played and how athletes train. Its all now accessible and understandable at the consumer level. We are Gamifying and Socialising on-field and training performances for contact sports.

    Presented by: William Strange – CEO/Founder, Sports Tracking Performance

4.45pm Kicking out of our backyard
Moderated by Ian GardinerStartup Business Development for Australia and New Zealand, Amazon Web Services
5.30-7.30pm Awards celebration

* This program is subject to change