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INNOVATION

INDO PACIFIC INNOVATION PROGRAM

INDO PACIFIC INNOVATION PITCHFEST

Defence Science Institute

The Innovation Pitchfest provides a platform for innovators to present new products and research projects to an international audience of potential customers, partners and investors and is held on the exhibition floor at INDO PACIFIC International Maritime Exposition.

In 2022, the Innovation Pitchfest, sponsored by Kyndryl, was held on Thursday 12 May at INDO PACIFIC 2022 with 19 representatives from industry, government and academia pitching their ideas to a panel of judges which included the Royal Australian Navy’s Warfare Innovation Branch.

Pitchers presented their ideas each within a strict three minute timeframe and at the conclusion of the program, three awards were presented:

  • Best Presenter - Mr Mat Brown - Starboard Maritime Intelligence
    Devious deviations: Real time automated identification of suspicious vessels
  • Best Overall Innovation - Mr Graeme Speak - BankVault
    Invisible Passwordless Authentication
  • Best Maritime Innovation - Prof Sarah Zhang - Western Sydney University
    High performance adhesive materials using innovative nanotechnology for defence infrastructure safety and resilience


Thank you to all participants and to the panel of judges who had a very difficult task selecting from the display of Australasian innovation, R&D and collaboration at its finest:

  • Commodore Greg Yorke CSC RAN
  • Commodore Rachel Durbin, Director-General Navy-Engineering
  • Mr John O’Callaghan, Victorian Defence Advocate
  • Dr Clint Novotny, Science Director, US Office of Naval Research
  • Assoc. Prof Claire Davis, DSI Associate Director, DSI
  • Mr Geoff Thomas, Axant Corporate Advisory

The Innovation Pitchfest is organised by the Defence Science Institute (DSI) in partnership with INDO PACIFIC 2022 organiser, AMDA Foundation Limited, the SA Defence Innovation Partnership (DIP), NSW Defence Innovation Network (DIN), WA's Defence Science Centre (DSC), and Queensland Defence Alliance (QDSA).

For further information about the INDO PACIFIC  Innovation Pitchfest please contact:

Mr Craig Butler
Engagement Manager
Defence Science Institute (DSI)
Ph: +61 (0)3 8344 3513
Email: craig.butler@defencescienceinstitute.com