We’re still buzzing from Australia’s national celebration of deeptech innovation that was held in Sydney last week on Wednesday 23 October!

Companies from across the nation shared how they are tackling big challenges with quantum computing, next generation robots, clever climate change solutions, inspiring healthtech and so much more. 

Tech23 2019 brought together a passionate crowd of entrepreneurs, investors, mentors, potential customers, and curious minds interested in seeing where homegrown deeptech can take us.

The crowd favourite, taking home this year’s Tech23 People’s Choice Award, was Sydney-based Canopus Networks, who are elevating online gaming and streaming experience with software. Vijay Sivaraman told the Tech23 crowd how his sons inspired him to create technology that will make gaming lag a thing of the past!

The crowd favourite, taking home this year’s Tech23 People’s Choice Award, was Sydney-based Canopus Networks, who are elevating online gaming and streaming experience with software. Vijay Sivaraman told the Tech23 crowd how his sons inspired him to create technology that will make gaming lag a thing of the past!

The Tech23 Innovation Excellence Award went to Quantum Brilliance, a quantum computing company who are developing diamond-based hardware. CEO Andrew Horsley managed to explain in simple terms how diamonds have the potential to propel computing as we know into a future of unprecedented speeds.

The winner of Tech23’s Greatest Potential Award was OncoRes Medical who are using intraoperative imaging technology to provide surgeons with real-time assessment of cancerous breast tumours. CEO and practicing medical doctor Katharine Giles delivered an inspiring look into how they are translating a surgeon’s sense of touch for faster recovery from cancer.

The winner of Tech23’s Greatest Potential Award was OncoRes Medical who are using intraoperative imaging technology to provide surgeons with real-time assessment of cancerous breast tumours. CEO and practicing medical doctor Katharine Giles delivered an inspiring look into how they are translating a surgeon’s sense of touch for faster recovery from cancer.

“Tech23 has always believed it takes a country to raise a deeptech company! Which is why over eleven years a passionate curious crowd of investors, collaborators and entrepreneurs have gathered to celebrate, amplify and make connections to propel Australian innovation.” – Rachel Slattery, Tech23

A bevy of prizes were also given out thanks to some generous prize sponsors including – HackHunter was awarded the ‘Most backable team’ prize ($5k cash and legal advice to the value of $5k) from Addisons; ‘The Cicada Innovations Deep Technology Award’ ($2k cash, plus 2 mentoring sessions) was awarded to Quantum Brilliance by Cicada Innovations; LYRO recieved the ‘Growth Design Workshop’ from Main Sequence Ventures and CSIRO; ClimateClever received an award from ‘Impact Group International ’ presented by Ranya Alkadamani; and Vantari won the ‘NSW Government Award for Innovation’.  

Tech23’s proudly national scope has been enriched by strong ties to the universities, incubators and accelerators of Australian R&D organisations. Some of the publicly funded organisations linked to the Tech23 companies in 2019 include Adelaide University, ANU, CSIRO, Australian Centre for Robotic Vision, CRC for Carbon Living, Curtin University, D2DCRC, University of Melbourne, UNSW, University of Sydney, University of WA, and UTS.

Many of these stories only came to life because of IP created by Australia’s publicly funded R&D organisations and the support of accelerators.  

Many thanks to those who continue to help make Tech23 happen! We hope to see you all next year 🙂

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Our future needs deeptech!

After eleven years of Tech23, people often ask what have we learnt over the years. The answer is lots! For example…

Australia’s future is deep!

Over ten years ago – when the GFC was looming and the Federal Government’s support for innovation was ‘under review’ –Tech23 was born. At the time, Cicada was the main game in town, Sydney Angels was just forming, and the University of Sydney’s Incubate and the University of Melbourne’s MAP were still a few years away from being established.

Memory lane – Culture Amp at Tech23

Tech23 2019 offers a glimpse into solutions for the big challenges we face in healthcare, food supply chains, security, energy and climate change, our physical and digital environments and aerospace!

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