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4 September 2015 - FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Innovators take centre stage

The PACIFIC 2015 International Maritime Exposition is offering maritime and naval defence inventors and technology innovators a unique opportunity to showcase their latest ideas to the people who really count.

PACIFIC's Innovation Pitchfest will see 30 invited innovators each deliver a three minute presentation of a new technology on the broad theme of Integration of Innovation.

The "pitchers" will include ten researchers from the Defence Science and Technology Group and a further 20 from industry and academia. The audience will include potential research partners, customers and venture capitalists.

An independent judging panel comprised of experts from Defence, Commercialisation Australia and the venture capital community will award prizes for Best Pitch, Best Maritime Technology and Best Innovation.

PACIFIC CEO Ian Honnery said the Innovation Pitchfest will allow industry ideas people to directly interface with marketplace.

"It will give them the opportunity to present their innovative ideas to those capable of turning them into a reality," Mr Honnery said.

"It is one of the many ways the PACIFIC Expo promotes and encourages home-grown technology and Australian knowhow."

The PACIFIC Pitchfest is being organised by the Defence Science & Technology Group (formerly DSTO) and Defence Science Institute (DSI). Defence SA in Adelaide has helped promote the Pitchfest to industry and academia in South Australia and has funded the pre-event training for would-be "pitchers" from South Australia.

It will be held each afternoon during from 3.00pm to 4.00pm in the Innovation Theatrette in Exhibition Hall 3.

The Innovation theme at PACIFIC 2015 will be further enhanced on Tuesday 6 October when Maritime Australia Limited (MAL) Chairman Vice Admiral Chris Ritchie, AO, presents the MAL Industry Innovation Awards in the Innovation Theatrette.

Earlier that day, at 11.30am the Defence Science & Technology Group will host the 2nd Defence Innovation Forum in the Innovation Theatrette.

The PACIFIC International Maritime Exposition 2015 will be held at the Sydney Exhibition Centre @ Glebe Island 6 - 8 October.


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