On January 15, 2009 at the Quadrus Conference Center in Menlo Park, SDForum and Austrade held the third annual â€œAustralian Innovation â€“ A Shoot Outâ€.The keynote speaker was Bob Joss, Dean, Stanford Graduate School of Business. Dean Takahashi of VentureBeat moderated judges Mark Fernandes of Sierra Ventures, Deborah Magid of IBM, and Harold Yu of Orrick. The six Australian State finalists presented were:
New South Wales â€“ Nuix (www.nuix.com)
Nuix offers the fastest, most complete, scalable and most advanced eDiscovery and electronic investigation software. You will have complete knowledge and control over all of your corporate email and documentation, enabling you to immediately and effectively respond to eDiscovery, compliance, regulatory and internal investigations.
Queensland â€“ Impedimed (www.impedimed.com) won the competition. They develop bioimpedance spectroscopy (BIS) devices for the clinical assessment of lymphedema that are non-invasive, portable, highly accurate, fast, simple to operate and considerably cheaper than most existing alternatives.
South Australia â€“ m.NET (mnetcorporation.com.au) is a leading full-service mobile-marketing company helping companies launch large media campaigns quickly.
Tasmania â€“ JadeLiquid (www.jadeliquid.com) presented LiquidTest, an automated Web Application Testing Framework built on browser automation and test script generation in Java, C#, Groovy, Ruby and other languages. The LiquidTest Framework uses real browsers to record and run test cases. It also supports Ajax and dynamic client-side technologies.
Victoria â€“ E Ball Games (eballgames.com.au)
E Ball Games designs, develops and manufacturers golf and sports simulation technology. They provide the most realistic sports environments available that make users feel like they are participating in a major sporting event.
Western Australia â€“ Sensear (sensear.com.au)
Sensear technology allows workers to communicate with each other in noisy environments. It protects their hearing but still allows them to be aware of their surroundings.
After the competition there was an investor luncheon. John Olsen, Australian Consul General of New York welcomed investors to a luncheon. David Lawson, Australian Consul General and Trade Commissioner of San Francisco introduced Kara Swisher, Technology Editor of the Wall Street Journal, who moderated panelists Bill Jayne of GE Energy Infrastructure, David Caspari of HPâ€™s EDS and John Scull of Southern Cross Venture Partners.
Kara Swisher works for an Australian boss, Rupert Murdoch, but has not written much about technology there. John Olsen sees a clear focused policy from the federal Australian government encouraging green technology like parabolic solar collectors or wind turbines. John Scull looks for unique Australian technology companies to take global, citing examples like WiFi and the cochlear implant. David Caspari said Australia is the source for a competitive domestic business market that is useful as an IT hub for Asia and incubator for innovation.
Australia continues to encourage innovation for itself and the world.
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