Australian innovators planning to enter for the INDO PACIFIC 2022 Innovation Awards have one month left to submit an entry – the deadline for entries is 1 March.
Entrants could join previous winners such as EM Solutions, Thales Australia, Droneshield, DMTC, Ultra Electronics Avalon Systems, Ocius Technology and AMOG Technologies whose innovations are now in frontline service with or under development for the ADF, or have successfully entered the civil and paramilitary markets.
Previous winner, OCIUS Bluebottle Unmanned Surface Vessel is under trial with the RAN. The innovation won the SME Innovation Award at PACIFIC 2017, a previous iteration of the INDO PACIFIC International Maritime Exposition.
OCIUS Technology’s ‘Bluebottle’ ocean drones are Uncrewed Surface Vessels (USVs) which harness the energy of the ocean, solar, wind and wave action to power themselves. The result is an autonomous data gathering and communications platform which can roam the oceans almost indefinitely allowing defence, industry, and scientific personnel as well as border security and the oil and gas industry to monitor large areas of ocean at greatly reduced cost and with no one in harm’s way.
The INDO PACIFIC 2022 Innovation Awards will be presented in the following categories:
- INDO PACIFIC 2022 National Innovation Award
- INDO PACIFIC 2022 SME Innovation Award (including a $15,000 cash award)
- INDO PACIFIC 2022 Young Innovator Award (including a $15,000 cash award)
The awards are open to Australian companies and innovators, including the Australian subsidiaries of overseas parent companies. The innovation could be anything from a new product or service to a new approach to business. Entries will be judged on originality and their understanding of user needs.