Media Alert - NICTA Tech Showcase 2014 demonstrates the future of wealth creation

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25/08/2014  10:00 

Australia’s brightest minds have the opportunity to win tickets to Silicon Valley and receive specialist business mentoring

For the first time, NICTA will join Australia’s peak digital economy representative bodies - the Australian Information Industry Association (AIIA), the Australian Computer Society (ACS) and the Pearcey Foundation – to showcase technological innovations for Australian industry. In its annual technology showcase to be held in Melbourne next week, alongside the Australia 3.0 Forum and the National iAwards, NICTA will demonstrate the research and technology which will drive innovation and create wealth for the Australian economy.

At Tech Showcase NICTA will also run its first-ever infrastructure hackathon, with the winners receiving two return tickets to Silicon Valley. As part of the prize, NICTA will provide specialised mentoring and introduce the winners to its network of Silicon Valley VCs, relevant companies and Valley identities to accelerate the development of their idea.

This Tech Showcase highlights our business-focussed, industry-leading research. The NICTA Infrastructure Hackathon provides an opportunity for a trip to Silicon Valley for the winning team,” said Hugh Durrant-Whyte, CEO, NICTA.

The following spokespeople will be available for interview on the day:

  • Hugh Durant-Whyte, CEO, NICTA
  • Phil Robertson, COO, NICTA
  • Jodi Steel, Director Security and Environment Business Team, NICTA
  • Peter Leihn, Director Security and Environment Business Team, NICTA
  • Rob Fitzpatrick, Director Infrastructure Transport and Logistics Business Team, NICTA
  • Glenn Downey, Acting Director, Broadband and the Digital Economy Business Team, NICTA
  • Dean Economou, Technology Strategist and Leader of the Infrastructure Hackathon, NICTA
  • Simon Kaplan, Director Skills and Industry Transformation, NICTA


NICTA Tech Showcase
Where: Melbourne Convention and Exhibition Centre
When: Friday 29 August, 2014
Time: 2PM – 5PM

NICTA Infrastructure Hackathon hosted by Dean Economou, Technology Strategist, NICTA When: Thursday 28 August – Friday 28 August
Time: 9.00AM Thursday – 3.30PM Friday

Photo and interview opportunities with senior NICTA researchers and executives are available on the floor of the event or in advance by arrangement. For more information about the Infrastructure hackathon please contact Dorothy Kennedy on 0488229687. 

NICTA showcase highlights:

National Map
National Map, a service developed by NICTA for the Commonwealth Government's Department of Communications, is a website for map-based access to Australian open spatial data from a wide range of Government agencies. New datasets have been added for Tech Showcase.
Demonstration: Visitors can interact with the map via touch-screen.

Efficient Energy Grids
A prestigious research collaboration with Los Alamos National Laboratories brings together some of the world’s leading computer scientists in an exciting R&D effort aimed at creating systems to connect and manage electricity and natural gas supplies on a shared platform.
Demonstration: Video illustrating the control and optimisation of energy grids, scheduling power restoration to reduce blackouts, and a simulation of a smart home.

The Virtual Counter is a browser-based system that delivers health, education and government services over broadband at a fraction of the cost of traditional video-conferencing systems by using the emerging WebRTC standard.

Evacuation Planning
The NICTA Evacuation Planning project provides emergency services with tools to plan and schedule large scale evacuations. It can plan and simulate the evacuation of 80,000 people in a couple of minutes, enabling better planning and response capabilities.

Optimising Utility Infrastructure Maintenance
Machine learning techniques used to identify patterns in water pipe failure data to better predict the likelihood and location of future failures in the network.

Trafficwatch gives transport management centre operators an additional source of information about traffic incidents.

Software to allow geothermal companies and government decision-makers to better understand what makes a good geothermal site and where the best target sites for geothermal resources are.

Demonstration of a 3D GPS track visualisation capability with photo and video synchronisation with a 3D map and Oculus Rift virtual reality headset support within a web browser.

Vending Machine Analytics
Data analytics to optimise sales for fast moving consumer goods (FMCG) companies operating vending machines.

Integrated Supply Chain
Integrated Supply Chain aims to intensify the use of ICT in end-to-end freight movements. ICT has a proven ability to reduce the cost and increase the efficiency of moving freight.

'SMACCM' Project
DARPA-funded Secure Mathematically-Assured Composition of Control Models (SMACCM) project raises the bar for high-assurance cyber-physical systems.

Simulator of technology for motor vehicles that will adapt to the mental state of drivers
NICTA is finding out how a driver’s emotional state affects their driving ability.
Demonstration: An interactive video game that challenges participants to deal with various distractions while navigating an animated race track.

Hyperspectral Imaging
Scyllarus from NICTA is a set of tools supporting hyperspectral data processing to produce meaningful results using powerful and advanced image processing techniques.

Hubcare is an SME which has linked with NICTA to maintain the introduction of leading edge technology to the delivery of childcare services.

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