Three Australian innovators have been named winners of the INDO PACIFIC 2022 Innovation Awards, worth some $30,000. Their success was announced this morning at an online event hosted by the organiser of INDO PACIFIC 2022, AMDA Foundation Limited.
The winners include Tasmanian SME CBG Systems that has developed a new fire-resistant non-combustible insulation wall panel for ships that increases protection and reduces weight; Victorian SME Sentient Vision Systems that has developed the world’s first optical radar and built this into a pod that can be carried by a manned or unmanned aircraft or helicopter; and a young researcher in Perth, Alex Murphy, who has led the development of a lightweight, containerised command, control and communications system for offshore exploration.
The INDO PACIFIC 2022 Innovation Awards attracted 15 entries from Australian companies and young researchers.
The Innovation Awards were created by AMDA Foundation Limited and presented for the first time nine years ago at the 2013 Australian International Airshow and Aerospace & Defence Exposition (Avalon 2013).
Since then, some $425,000-worth of SME Innovation Grants and Young Innovator Awards have been presented. Today, that total climbs to $455,000.
“Our Innovation Awards are designed to recognise and reward the innovativeness and achievements of innovative Australian companies and individuals. They’re still the only Awards of their kind and have become increasingly prestigious,” said INDO PACIFIC 2022 CEO Justin Giddings.
“The quality of the entries received this year are a reflection of both the excellence and ambition of Australian companies serving the country’s defence market,” Giddings added. “They also reflect the increasing attention paid by the industry to export opportunities: a number of the entrants are already very active in overseas markets.”
The Awards, including cheques for $15,000 for the winners of the SME Innovation Award and Young Innovator Award, will be presented on Tuesday 10 May at INDO PACIFIC 2022 in Sydney.