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15 August 2019

TEN INNOVATORS SHORTLISTED FOR AWARDS

Ten Australian innovators from both the defence and civil sector have been shortlisted from 44 entries for the prestigious Pacific 2019 Innovation Awards, worth some $60,000.

And in two unique ‘firsts’, one Australian innovator that submitted multiple entries for a portfolio of related, all‐new products has been honoured by being shortlisted as a single innovative company.

And a group of Young Innovators has submitted a team entry for the Young Innovator Award for their collective work on a new naval technology.

The winners will be announced during the Pacific 2019 International Maritime Exposition at Sydney’s International Convention Centre (ICC) at Darling Harbour. The Awards include:

  • PACIFIC 2019 National Defence Innovation Award
  • PACIFIC 2019 National Civil Innovation Award
  • PACIFIC 2019 Defence SME Innovation Grant
  • PACIFIC 2019 Civil SME Innovation Grant
  • PACIFIC 2019 Young Defence Innovator Scholarship
  • PACIFIC 2019 Young Civil Innovator Scholarship


IIn addition, there are awards in four specialist categories, at the judges’ discretion, for innovation in unmanned systems, command and control, platforms and propulsion and maritime operations.

All Award winners will receive a trophy, while the winners of the SME Innovation Grants and the Young Innovator Scholarship will also receive cheques for $15,000 each. All 10 entries shortlisted for the Innovation Awards will be showcased at the Pacific 2019 International Maritime Exposition in Sydney, the premier commercial maritime and naval defence exposition in our region.

Pacific 2019 CEO Ian Honnery said the Pacific 2019 Awards underline the innovativeness of Australian companies and young engineers, as well as a growing need for ‘smart’, innovative solutions to emerging operational challenges.

“Australia’s naval shipbuilding program will provide a spur for development and innovation for the next five decades,” Mr Honnery said. “We want to ensure that Australian organisations are at the forefront of this innovation, commercialising the results of research and development as products and services that strengthen both our industry and our national defence capability.”

The shortlisted entries are:

INNOVATION AWARDS:

  • Advanced Navigation (NSW) – Subsonus acoustic transponder for unmanned underwater systems
  • DMTC Limited (VIC) – High‐Velocity Oxygen Fuel (HVOF) thermal spray rust‐resistant coatings
  • Droneshield Limited (NSW) – for a portfolio of five innovative counter‐drone products
  • EM Solutions (QLD) – Cobra dual‐band satellite communications antenna
  • Solinnov Pty Limited (SA) – Bluebottle Software Defined Radio (SDR) App
  • The Whiskey Project (NSW) – Next generation tactical water craft
  • Ultra Electronics Avalon Systems (SA) – Naval platform signature management system

 

YOUNG INNOVATOR AWARDS:

  • Mr Lawrence Marychurch, DroneShield Limited (NSW) – Design and development of counter‐drone equipment
  • Mr Ryan McGrath, Mr Thomas Churack and Mr Jason Sardi, Thales Australia (NSW) – design and development work on ‘Bluescan’ sonar sensor management system for the HUNTERclass frigate
  • Mr Harry Hubbert, Royal Australian Navy (NSW) – design, development and deployment of Unmanned Surface Vessels (USV) for mine warfare


The awards recognise and reward local companies and individuals at the forefront of naval and maritime innovation and carry with them a total of $60,000 in cash prizes. Since the Awards were first presented in 2013, the Aerospace Maritime Defence and Security Foundation of Australia Limited has presented Young Innovator scholarships and SME Innovation grants worth more than $350,000.

The Pacific 2019 International Maritime Exposition will be held at Sydney’s International Convention Centre from 8 to 10 October 2019 and is supported by the Australian Defence Force, in particular the Royal Australian Navy, the Defence Science & Technology Group and the Department of Defence’s Capability Acquisition and Sustainment Group (CASG); the Government of New South Wales; and the Royal Institution of Naval Architects (RINA), Engineers Australia and the Institution for Marine Engineers, Science and Technology (IMarEST).


For enquiries about the awards contact:

Gregor Ferguson
Executive Manager Industry Development
Industry Defence and Security Australia Limited
P: 03 5282 0550
M: 0414 803 717
E: gferguson@amda.com.au

Philip Smart
Executive Manager Corporate Communications
Aerospace Maritime Defence and Security
Foundation of Australia Limited
M: 0438 311 644
E: psmart@amda.com.au

About PACIFIC 2019

PACIFIC 2019, the 2019 Pacific International Maritime Exposition, will be held at Sydney’s International Convention Centre in Darling Harbour from 8‐10 October 2019 and is supported by the Australian Defence Force, in particular the Royal Australian Navy, and the Department of Industry, Innovation and Science.

About Industry Defence and Security Australia

Industry Defence and Security Australia Limited is a not‐for‐profit organisation established to promote the development of Australian industrial and technological capability with respect to defence and security. It is a member of the not‐for profit group established by the Aerospace Maritime Defence and Security Foundation of Australia Limited. Other group activities include the biennial Australian International Air Show and Aerospace & Defence Exposition at Avalon, the Land Forces land warfare exposition in Brisbane, the RotorTech Helicopter Industry Exposition in Brisbane and the CivSec International Civil Security Exposition and Congress in Melbourne.

15 April 2019

NOMINATIONS OPEN FOR $60,000 INNOVATION AWARDS

Organisers of the 2019 Pacific International Maritime Exposition (PACIFIC 2019), are calling for nominations for the latest round of Innovation Awards, worth some $60,000.

The PACIFIC 2019 Innovation Awards recognise and reward those Australian companies and individuals who are at the forefront of both naval and commercial maritime innovation. They will be presented in Sydney at Pacific 2019 in October. Entries open on 1 April and close on 1 July.

Ten awards will be presented in total for the following categories:

  • National Defence Innovation Award
  • National Civil Innovation Award
  • Defence SME Innovation Grant
  • Civil SME Innovation Grant
  • Young Defence Innovator Award
  • Young Civil Innovator Award


There will also be four specialist categories:

  • Autonomous and Unmanned Systems (airborne, surface and sub-surface)
  • C4ISR, EW, Space and Cyber, including Counter-Drone systems
  • Maritime operations
  • Platforms and Propulsion


The two winning SMEs will each receive a $15,000 Innovation Grant while the two successful Young Innovators will each win a $15,000 Innovation Scholarship. The winners of the National defence and civil innovation awards will be presented with trophies.

“With the Commonwealth government investing nearly $90 billion over the next generation in Australia’s submarine and surface fleets, there is great opportunity for Australian industry to develop innovations in how those vessels will be built, operated and maintained,” said PACIFIC 2019 CEO Ian Honnery.

“The PACIFIC 2019 Innovation Awards exist to highlight and foster skills and expertise within Australian industry and individuals. The awards resonate with our mission of promoting development of Australia’s maritime industrial and technological capability.”
The awards are open to Australian companies or the Australian subsidiaries of overseas parent companies, and the innovation could be anything from a new product or service to a new approach to business. Entries will be judged on originality and understanding of user needs.

The Convenor of PACIFIC 2019 will present the Innovation Awards during the Pacific International Maritime Exposition. To find out further information about the eligibility criteria or to submit an entry for the Maritime Industry Innovation Awards go to: www.pacificexpo.com.au

About the Innovation Awards

These PACIFIC 2019 Innovation Awards are part of an awards program developed by the not‐for‐profit Industry Defence and Security Australia Limited (IDSAL), which organises the biennial Pacific International Maritime Exposition at Sydney’s International Convention Centre (ICC) in Darling Harbour on 8-10 October.

The Innovation Awards were first presented in 2013. Since then the program has presented SME Innovation Grants and Young Innovator Awards to a total value of $350,000 at the Pacific International Maritime Exposition and its sister events, the Land Forces Exposition, CivSec Civil Security Exposition and the Australian International Airshow and Aerospace & Defence Exposition.

About PACIFIC 2019

Pacific 2019, the 2019 Pacific International Maritime Exposition, will be held at Sydney’s International Convention Centre in Darling Harbour from 8-10 October 2019 and is supported by the Australian Defence Force, in particular the Royal Australian Navy, and the Department of Industry, Innovation and Science.

About Industry Defence and Security Australia

Industry Defence and Security Australia Limited is a not-for-profit organisation established to promote the development of Australian industrial and technological capability with respect to defence and security. It is a member of the not-for profit group established by the Aerospace Maritime Defence and Security Foundation of Australia Limited. Other group activities include the biennial Australian International Air Show and Aerospace & Defence Exposition at Avalon, the Land Forces land warfare exposition in Brisbane, the Rotortech Helicopter Industry Exposition in Brisbane and the CivSec International Civil Security Exposition and Congress in Melbourne.


For Innovation Awards enquiries contact:
Gregor Ferguson – Executive Manager Industry Development
gferguson@amda.com.au
0414 803 717

For Media enquiries contact:
Philip Smart – Executive Manager Corporate Communications
psmart@amda.com.au
0438 311 644