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Three companies win Land Forces 2021 Pitchfest Awards

Three innovative Australian companies have won the LAND FORCES 2021 Innovation Pitchfest Prizes:

  • Best Overall Innovation –Control drones & other devices with just two fingers – Annette McClelland (Tekuma)
  • Best Land Domain Innovation –Scotty – Digital Power Transfer Vehicle Alternator – Bruce Loxton (Safiery)
  • Best Presentation –Smart Microchips for Military Working Dogs – Dr Garnett Hall (VetChip)

They were Presented with their Prizes, engraved trophies, by Dr David Kershaw, the Keynote Speaker at the Innovation and Technology for the Future Force Conference held at Land Forces 2021 on Thursday 3 June.

You can view all of the pitches, including the three successful ones, by clicking on their names or this link:

Dr Kershaw, who is Chief of DST Group’s Science Engagement and Impact Division, also presented the Land Forces 2021 Innovation Awards to the three winners and four winners of High Commendations; the winners were announced on 17 May:

To view videos of the three winners, click on their names or on this link.

The four High Commendations went to:

  • LANDFORCES 2021 National Innovation Award HIGH COMMENDATION:
    DefendTex (Victoria)
  • LANDFORCES 2021 Defence SME Innovation Award HIGH COMMENDATION:
    Milspec Manufacturing Pty Limited (New South Wales)
  • LANDFORCES 2021 Young Innovator Award HIGH COMMENDATION:
    Mr Harry Veivers, DMTC Limited (Queensland); and Mr McKay Whight, Cyborg Dynamics Engineering (Queensland)
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