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9 November 2023

INDO PACIFIC 2023 - ANOTHER RECORD BREAKER!

The numbers were always pointing towards another record-breaking Indo Pacific, and now they confirm it: Indo Pacific 2023 was the largest yet.

The three-day event recorded a little over 27,000 attendances across the three days, up from 25,000 in 2022.  This was in addition to:

  • 832 participating exhibitor companies/organisations from 21 nations, across a sold-out exhibition floor 13% larger than our previous record event in 2022.
  • 171 defence, industry, government and academic delegations, from 46 nations. This is a 48% increase over 2022.
  • This included 25 International Chiefs of Navy or their counterparts and 21 representatives.
  • More than 90 conferences, symposia and presentations across the three days of the event.

Justin Giddings, CEO of Indo Pacific 2023 organiser AMDA Foundation, said the numbers were impressive in their own right. But the main success of Indo Pacific 2023 was the quality of engagement amongst all who attended.

“The vibe around the halls was excellent and the exposure that Australian industry gained with both the Royal Australian Navy and international delegations was priceless,” he said.

Mr Giddings congratulated the Royal Australian Navy on its inaugural Navy Life Expo, which saw school students touring a specialist area showcasing Navy’s career opportunities, culture and leadership, training, lifestyle benefits and people, through interactive, youth-focused exhibits and demonstrations. 

“I was in the Navy Life Expo several times, and it was very well attended, and obviously a great initiative,” Mr. Giddings said.

“Another great highlight was the visit from Acting Prime Minister Richard Marles and his commitment to engaging with industry on the floor.”

Mr Giddings also paid his respects to Australian Chief of Navy, Vice Admiral Mark Hammond.

“The Chief of Navy dedicated a great deal of time to talking with and listening to industry at Indo Pacific 2023. This direct engagement is critical to an understanding of the capabilities Navy seeks, and how industry may deliver them. We thank the Chief of Navy for his commitment in this area.”

 


7 November 2023

HYPERSONICS, BLAST MODELLING FEATURE IN INDO PACIFIC 2023 INNOVATION AWARDS

Sydney based company Hypersonix Launch Systems and Victoria’s Thornton Tomasetti engineer Mr. Rhys Centin have been recognised with prestigious awards for outstanding Australian industry innovation at the Indo Pacific 2023 International Maritime Exposition in Sydney this morning.

Professor Emily Hilder, FTSE, Head of the Defence Advanced Strategic Capabilities Accelerator (ASCA), presented the Indo Pacific 2023 Innovation Awards as part of the event at Sydney’s International Convention Centre.

Hypersonix won both the National and the SME Innovation Awards, for its world-leading work developing a 3D-printed hypersonic vehicle and hydrogen-powered propulsion system, that have been selected by the United States Pentagon’s Defense Innovation Unit for the Hypersonic High-Cadence Airborne Testing (HyCAT) program.

The Young Innovator Award was presented to Melbourne-based Thornton Tomasetti engineer, Mr Rhys Centin, for his work on two projects: explosive ordnance blast modelling for the Royal Australian Navy; and shock-testing naval equipment weighing more than one tonne, using Australia’s only JASSO shock-testing machine.

The panel of eight judges, led by former Director of the Defence Industry Innovation Centre Mr Tony Quick, agreed that Hypersonix Launch Systems’ entry was a worthy winner of both the National and SME awards, usually presented to separate companies.

The winners are:

  • Indo Pacific 2023 National Innovation Award: Hypersonix Launch Systems (NSW)
  • Indo Pacific 2023 SME Innovation Award ($50,000): Hypersonix Launch Systems (NSW)
  • Indo Pacific 2023 Young Innovator Award ($50,000): Mr Rhys Centin, Thornton Tomasseti (VIC)

Winners of the SME Innovation Award and Young Innovator Award were presented with a cheque for $50,000 each. These monetary Awards, funded by Indo Pacific 2023 organiser AMDA Foundation Limited, are designed to be substantial enough to be life-changing, especially for the winner of the Young Innovator Award.

In addition, three Award contenders won a High Commendation:

  • Indo Pacific 2023 SME Innovation Award HIGH COMMENDATION: Advanced Navigation (NSW)
  • Indo Pacific 2023 SME Innovation Award HIGH COMMENDATION: AMOG (VIC)
  • Indo Pacific 2023 Young Innovator Award HIGH COMMENDATION: Mr Joshua Cribb, Electro Nautic (WA)

“Once again our awards are highlighting the ingenuity of Australian individuals and organisations, which are proving themselves the equal of any in the world,” said AMDA Foundation CEO Justin Giddings.

“These monetary awards are designed as rewards for their efforts and as a practical financial contribution to further innovation and the development of professional skills.”

The Indo Pacific 2023 Innovation Awards recognise and reward Australian individuals and organisations at the forefront of defence innovation in products, services and business processes.

The Awards are open to Australian companies and the Australian divisions of international organisations.

Innovations are judged on their commercial success or market potential, understanding of user needs and originality.

Since the launch of the Innovation Awards program in 2012, Indo Pacific organiser AMDA Foundation has presented SME Innovation and Young Innovator Awards to a value of $685,000 through its Avalon Australian International Airshow, Indo Pacific and Land Forces events.

This year the AMDA Foundation Board moved to increase the cash prize awards from $15,000 to $50,000 to encourage local innovation at a critical time in Australia’s industrial and strategic development and to make a significant impact on a company’s operations or the professional development of a young innovator.

Full details of the winners and Highly Commended are provided at the end of this release and short videos of the winners are viewable on the Indo Pacific 2023 web site

https://indopacificexpo.com.au/innovation/awards.asp

For enquiries about the Innovation Awards contact:
Gregor Ferguson – Innovation Coordinator
E: gferguson@amda.com.au
M: +61 (0) 414 803 717

For Media enquiries contact:
Philip Smart – Industry Marketing and Communications Manager
E: psmart@amda.com.au
M: +61 (0) 438 311 644

Indo Pacific 2023 Innovation Award Winners

Award Winners:

  • National Innovation Award: Hypersonix Launch Systems (NSW) a designer and manufacturer of both the DART AE hypersonic air vehicle and Spartan hydrogen-powered hypersonic propulsion system; the DART AE and Spartan have been selected ahead of 60 contenders from around the globe by the Pentagon’s Defense Innovation Unit for the Hypersonic High-Cadence Airborne Testing (HyCAT) program
  • SME Innovation Award ($50,000): Hypersonix Launch Systems (NSW)
  • Young Innovator Award ($50,000): Mr Rhys Centin, Thornton Thomasetti (VIC), for his work on two projects: explosive ordnance blast modelling for the RAN; and shock-testing naval equipment weighing more than one tonne using Australia’s only JASSO shock-testing machine.

In addition, three Award contenders won a High Commendation:

  • SME Innovation Award HIGH COMMENDATION: Advanced Navigation (NSW) for the development of the Hydrus fully autonomous submersible drone, designed for one-person launch and recovery, for undersea surveying, detection, localisation, classification and inspection
  • SME Innovation Award HIGH COMMENDATION: AMOG (Vic) for developing an innovative, flexible monitoring solution that provides independent diagnostics, validation and oversight on the performance of critical wharf infrastructure
  • Young Innovator Award HIGH COMMENDATION: Mr Joshua Cribb of Electro Nautic (WA) for his work as co-founder on designing and testing the electromechanical and flight controls of the Electro Nautic ‘WaveFlyer’ recreational and defence vessel