The Tech23

Axis Energy

Axis Energy
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.

Peter Kittel

Founder, Axis Energy

Peter Kittel is Company Founder, Executive Director and Chief Inventor at Axis Energy Group. 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 startup ventures that have successfully transitioned into viable businesses and brings immense experience, expertise and technical skills to the team at Axis Energy.

Bomobora Wave Power

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.

Sam Leighton

CEO, Bombora Wave Power

Sam Leighton has over 30 years of experience developing emergent technologies globally. As an accomplished international business executive, Sam has held senior management positions at Orbital Engine Company (Australia), Walbro Corporation (USA), Aprilia Motorcycles (Italy), and UCAL Fuel Systems (India). Sam’s knowledge of global markets has resulted in successful launches of products in the USA, Italy, and India. Most recently he was the General Manager at Advanced Braking Technology.

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.

David Keightley

CEO, Ecospectral

Ecospectral is an Australian company that developed and sells BRIM, an industrial internet of things (IoT) platform for sensing, control and analysis of human activity patterns, physical building properties and optimisation through industry standard protocols and open standard. Before founding Ecospectral, David Keightly was co-founder and Director at Mediaware Solutions, a video analysis and processing company he spun out of CSIRO based on his research there and sold to General Dynamics in 2007. David’s education background is in signal processing, electrical engineering and applied mathematics.

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 AI 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.

Josh Shipman

Co-founder, Elula

Josh Shipman is a forward thinking leader who thrives on challenging the status quo and has a passion for building game-changing, profitable businesses. Josh rapidly solves complex problems by bringing to market disruptive technology and business solutions to deliver transformational outcomes and results. He has extensive experience in building and scaling tech startups and standing up market-leading payments, fraud, cyber and robotics capabilities in large multi-national companies in the UK and Australia.

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 needs. EpiSoft bridges the information divide between everyday care and cutting-edge clinical research.

Jenny O’Neill

CEO, Episoft

With academic qualifications in psychology and public health/epidemiology, Jenny O’Neill has worked in senior research and program management roles in government, private hospital, big pharma and healthtech companies for over 20 years. This breadth of different viewpoints of the health sector has allowed Jenny to develop strong strategic thought leadership in digital health. Software she has designed for former employers is market leading in class. Jenny was the first female President of the peak industry body for digital health downunder.

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 can self-regulate. Tomorrow’s factories will produce benefits for the world, without the waste.

Bernard Kornfeld

Chief Scientist, Factoryone

Dr Bernard Kornfeld is an Industrial Engineer and seasoned Director-level executive with 25 years experience in manufacturing, supply chain, and project management. Together with Professor Sami Kara from the Sustainable Manufacturing and Life Cycle Engineering Research Group School of Mechanical and Manufacturing Engineering The University of New South Wales, Bernard has conducted research over the last four years in the field of efficiency of manufacturing processes and energy saving, which has already proven to create savings in factories of hundreds of thousands of dollars.

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.

Flavia Tata Nardini

CEO, Fleet

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.
$10 billion of fertiliser is wasted annually. FluroSat saves a family farmer AUD$100,000 or 20% in wasted fertiliser every year. The product is best thought of as “satellite guided fertiliser”. 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. Greater value to the industry is provided by these AI-driven yield prediction models. FluroSat is currently monitoring farms in five states in Australia and California, USA.

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 the International Space Station to managing a 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.
Future Grid

Future Grid
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.

Chris Law

Founder, Future Grid

As the visionary shaping Future Grid, Chris Law’s mission is to make Future Grid an accessible, customer-centric solution for utilities and telcos. Chris has an extensive, 20-year history holding strategic positions across a wide variety of industries, including energy, pay TV, telecommunications and construction.

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 agtech solutions and made them low-cost and applicable to home food growers.

James Deamer

CEO, GardenSpace

James Deamer is a graduate from UC (BA of Entrepreneurship & Innovation/Human Nutrition) and was formerly manager of Entry 29, a startup co-working in Canberra and graduate of the HAX accelerator.
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Hind Technology
Making robotics and advanced manufacturing simpler
At Hind Technology we design and manufacture robotics control systems that are simple 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.

Jatinder Grewal

CEO, Hind Technology

Jatinder Grewal always had a passion for electronics, software and robotics, and has been building computer controlled machines since school. A uni dropout from the University of Sydney, Jatinder was doing a bachelor of mechatronics, and got pulled out by a Sydney-based mining company to design electronics and robotic control systems for gas drilling. He later started his own design company designing robotics control systems for oil and gas companies such as Shell USA. During this period, Jatinder kept working on the robotics control platform the MASSO – Hind Technology’s main product.

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.

Michael Walters

Founder & CEO, littlepay

Michael Walters has been passionate about cards and payments since the first ATM was installed in his hometown of Port Macquarie. Since graduating with business and technology majors from ANU, Michael has worked in cards and payments internationally for more than 25 years – in operational, consulting, governance and startup roles. He has been a co-founder of three fintech startups, partner in a global payments consulting firm, advisor to central banks and international payment schemes, COO of a global B2B payments leader, and managed a $400m paytech-focussed fund. For the past couple of years, Michael has been working with a bunch of (far more) talented, intelligent and creative geeks to work out how to best process little payments. With some great ideas and cool tech, they decided to focus in on transit payments (there are more than twice as many of these than all card payments combined), and have convinced many of the UK’s largest transport operators to jump on board. Michael lives in Melbourne with his wife Katrin, three highly accident-prone kids and a huge, energetic labradoodle pup called Truffles.
Modular Photonics

Modular Photonics
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 a 100 times increase in data transfer speeds over 10 times the distance, at approximately one tenth the cost of current fibre upgrade options.

Michael Withford

CEO, Modular Photonics

Professor Michael Withford leads the OptoFab Node of the Australian National Fabrication Facility, at Macquarie University. He holds several patents and has published over 150 refereed journal papers and several hundred conference papers. He is an Associate Editor for Optics Express, an OSA Fellow, a SPIE Senior Member and co-founder of new startup company 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.

Nick Owen

Founder, Nucleotrace

Nick Owen holds a Masters in Engineering and PhD in Molecular Biology from the University of Cambridge, UK. He has an extensive publication record that spans the fields of applied mathematics, molecular biology and energy technology. As a side project to his PhD studies, Nick developed a system to trace gun crime using ammunition labelled with synthetic DNA. From this research he founded Nucleotrace (backed by Blackbird VC and Startmate) and has since expanded into DNA-based supply chain monitoring applications. Nick has a long-standing interest in entrepreneurship and is excited about the rapid pace of change in the biotech industry.

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.

Michael Rampe

CEO, Pedestal

Michael Rampe is a senior learning designer with an educational media specialisation at Macquarie University focussing primarily on well formed video and 3D in a higher ed teaching and learning context. He has been working on various 3D initiatives across the university including 3D scanning and acquisition, 3D web delivery and interactivity as well as 3D output methods including Augmented reality, virtual reality and a variety of printing methods. He led a team to develop the Pedestal (beta) online 3D learning platform which is currently undergoing further development through various incubator initiatives.

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. Platfarm earns money through recurring premium subscriptions, and transactional revenue share when farmers purchase inputs through the platform.

Oli Madgett

Founder, Platfarm

Oli Madgett is a grape grower based in McLaren Vale in SA. He was previously a co-founder of the London-based social games studio WeR Interactive, conceiving and exec producing the I AM PLAYR game, which enabled over 16 million Facebook users to play the life of a footballer – picking up Gold at Cannes Lions for the integration of Nike into the story and a BAFTA nomination.

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 behaviour and medical diagnostics. Presagen’s automation platform uses Defence technology, leveraging behavioural 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 analyse medical images, create validated diagnostic models, and deliver the models to end users via a cloud-based delivery tool.

Michelle Perugini

Co-founder, Presagen

Dr Michelle Perugini is an academic, entrepreneur, and an internationally renowned expert in
health, medical research, advanced analytics, and cognitive AI. Michelle spent the first 13 years of her career in health and medical research, specialising 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 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 startups, 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.

Mr. Ian R. Aitken

CEO, Sofihub

Ian Aitken, recently appointed CEO of Unisono Pty Ltd which is primarily focused on the Sofihub Behavioural Learning platform. Unisono has developed Sofi to allow people to live empowered, independent lives in their own homes. Layered on IoT based sensor technology Sofi is enabling people to stay in their homes longer through the use of this AI based Digital Assisted Living technology. The Sofi AI platform has been developed over the last 19 years with industry leading experts and is applicable in multiple markets including Assisted Living, Aged Care and many other markets.

An industry veteran, Ian brings with him over 24 years of ICT (Information and Communication Technology) experience with global companies including Samsung Electronics, Cisco Systems, Lucent Technologies and Concerto.

Mr. Aitken studied (badly) electronic engineering in Australia at Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology University (RMIT) and is a passionate technology evangelist and avid listener of good quality music. Informally studied human psychology and early childhood development. Ian is keenly interested in helping and developing people communicate better, interact better and develop deep human relationships.


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.

Matt Way

Founder, Syntropy

Matt Way is the founder of Syntropy. For most of his life, Matt has been thinking about ways to help computers understand the world the way humans do. While most AI research focuses on constrained supervised learning, Matt has spent over a decade working on new AI algorithms that learn without being given explicit labels, similar to the way that humans learn. He believes that if we can endow computers with the abilities to form representations in a unsupervised way this will lead to a future of trainable machines that will exponentially grow the productive output of the human race.

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.

Renald Gallis

Co-founder, Thinxtra

Renald Gallis is a visionary tech entrepreneur and pioneer of the Internet of Things (IoT), who loves to leverage technological innovations to improve business processes and people’s lives. Early on, Renald was leading the first IoT strategic initiatives in utilities, health and transport in Australia and New Zealand at NetComm Wireless and Sagemcom. He is now CEO of Thinxtra, the #1 IoT powerhouse in Asia-Pacific that is building and commercialising the first nation-wide IoT Networks (based on Sigfox technology) to connect the unconnected in Australia, New Zealand, Hong Kong and beyond.

Less Obstruction. More Construction
Utillix 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 outdated 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 drawings, upload photos and videos, provide geolocation, upload project documentation and make utilities live in real-time.

Connor Hughes

Chief Technology Officer, Utillix

Connor Hughes has extensive experience in building and scaling high performing teams in startup and enterprise environments in Australian and European firms. He loves challenging the orthodox and providing the often missing link between technology and business to deliver entrepreneurial high quality digital services that innovate and disrupt. As CTO with Utillix, Connor is passionate about removing the obstruction from construction. Connor lives in Sydney’s Bondi where he enjoys the aquatic life and for his latest challenge is competing in the Coolangatta Gold in October.

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.

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
Understanding energy
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.

William Tarlinton

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, Zeppelin Bend in 2014 to develop next generation operational technologies for electricity distribution networks.