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INNOVATION

PACIFIC 2019 INNOVATION AWARDS

TEN INNOVATORS SHORTLISTED FOR
PACIFIC 2019 INNOVATION 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


In addition, there are awards in four specialist categories, at the judges’ discretion:

  • PACIFIC 2019 Innovation Award for Autonomous and Unmanned Systems
  • PACIFIC 2019 Innovation Award for C4ISREW and Cyber, including Counter-Drone Systems
  • PACIFIC 2019 Innovation Award for Platforms and Propulsion
  • PACIFIC 2019 Innovation Award for Maritime Operations


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 high-performance tactical watercraft
  • 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 HUNTER-class 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 further information 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