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PACIFIC 2019 Innovation Pitchfest judges and winners. Photo by David Jones, Australian Defence Magazine.

The Innovation Pitchfest, organised by Industry Defence Security Australia Limited (IDSAL) in partnership with the Defence Science Institute (DSI), the Defence Innovation Partnership (DIP), Defence Science Centre (DSC) and Defence Innovation Network (DIN), was held at PACIFIC 2019 on the 8th and 9th October 2019.

This event comprised of a series of three-minute “pitches” aimed at demonstrating Australian innovation, research collaboration, and development strengths. The pitch sessions were an opportunity for DST Group, academia and Industry researchers and innovators to showcase an innovative idea/technology application/product in the early stage of its development (pre-commercialisation) to an audience including Primes, OEMs, Defence customers/users, research professionals, venture financiers, and critical/interested peers.

Click here to see the full list of ‘Pitchers’ who participated in this event.

Winners of the Innovation Pitchfest 2019:

BEST PITCH:
Ms. Kym Whittaker | GoKymando | “Underwear you can change without going over the feet”

BEST INNOVATION:
Dr. David Simpson | University of Melbourne | “The next frontier in chemical sensing: portable NMR”

BEST MARITIME INNOVATION:
Dr. Hurmat Ain | Defence Science and Technology Group |“Ship-helicopter Operations Analysis”