Event reporting

Andrew Whittaker is this year’s winner of the Australian Naval Institute’s McNeil Prize.

Minister Payne will be presenting a keynote speech at the awards luncheon on July 27 and presenting the Hall of Fame award.

2017 graduates have since gone on to launch new products, close significant VC investments, and inked global deals with top defence sector corporations.

The Congress saw a packed program of presentations from industry, Defence and government.

CASG Deputy Secretary Kim Gillis is clearly a busy man as he tries to keep in step with the quick march tempo of decisions demanded by the Government's Integrated Investment Program.

Team Defence Australia is represented in force at the show, with no fewer than 37 SMEs participating, under the care of Chef de Mission Major General Andrew Mathewson.

Perhaps the most interesting speakers will be the various CEOs of defence primes jockeying to win programs due for contract award in coming months.

37 Australian companies will showcase their wide range of products and services on the Team Defence Australia stand.

Harris’ new headquarters building will be fundamental to the execution of Army’s Battlefield Management System, an important new capability for the ADF.

MilCIS included a number of high profile speakers from Defence and industry outlining the current state of play in the defence ICT space.

Around 300 international and local delegates from Defence and industry attended the conference from November 13 to 16.

The key is to connect classrooms with inspiring real-world examples.

Key themes in the November symposium included digital elements such as increasing use of simulation in both material design and manufacturing.

Perhaps the most profound take away from the event was the impact teachers could have on steering young people towards STEM careers.

Common themes were the constant struggle to keep up with the ever quickening pace of technology advances within constraints posed by limited budgets and the challenge of building and maintaining a skilled ICT workforce.