Monday, 25 July 2016 00:33

Tech23 2016: supporting and celebrating Australian innovation


Held annually for eight years, Rachel Slattery’s Tech23 is where tomorrow’s tech stars meet today’s industry leaders and create a place where magic can happen.

Tech23 is the national tech community event where start-ups get the chance to share their breakthrough innovations with the country’s top minds.

The event showcases Australian innovation, deep tech emerging from R&D, and the next big things coming out of great businesses. It is the national event supporting and celebrating Australian innovation.

It is a one-day event, taking place on 11 October in Sydney, and "provides a forum for 23 young Australian companies to demonstrate their exciting new technology, idea, or innovation before the tech community’s leading entrepreneurs, innovators, investors, and thinkers".

Tech23 proudly bills itself as "the place where the technology of the future is given the support it needs to make real change. Twenty-three up-and-coming start-ups from all areas of tech — robotics to big data will offer solutions for challenges emerging from all areas of life, from education to health, environment to entertainment".

So, for those who are actually going to enter Tech23 and embark on an even more incredible journey of technology, if you are ready to take your start-up to the next level, then it is time to share your ideas, technologies, and innovations with Australia’s tech industry!

Tech23 invites you to ‘Challenge yourself and your team this year and apply to be one of the Tech23.’

Applications close on 29 August, and on top of everything else said above, you can also "gain recognition for your work, and make the most of the opportunity to win some great prizes – from cash and trips to advice, working spaces and more".

There’s all the detail you need at the Apply Now page, but some added detail is that as a one of the Tech23, you will be able to:

  • Share your ideas or initiatives in five minutes to a panel of industry leaders and 400+ potential investors, partners and customers;
  • Win some of the many great prizes on offer;
  • Expand your business network; and
  • Gain publicity and recognition before, during and after Tech23 2016.

You can find out the complete eligibility criteria here

Tech23’s creator, Rachel Slattery, explains that: “Tech23 creates an intensive, exciting microcosm of Australia’s tech ecosystem. In one day, you can make the connections that matter – with customers, investors, partners, and mentors.

“Tech23 connects people’s knowledge, advice, expertise, innovations, and goodwill and that’s where magic can happen. It is these connections of which I am most proud. Every year it is incredibly rewarding to see 23 young Australian companies celebrated for their exciting new technologies and innovations and I can’t wait to see what 2016 brings.”

After all, why wouldn’t you be excited about the future and futures we see being created before us, at Tech23, and on a global basis as humanity enjoys being at its most innovative ever as a species and civilisation?

After all, although we’re still firmly in the black and white era of modern technology compared to what will come, as we’ve seen through the wonderful imagination of science fiction, it’s clear that for all our incredible advances, they’re still right near the bottom of the J-curve on what is still yet to come.

Sure, more science fiction is becoming science fact every day, and yes we are still a way off yet from Star Trek-level medical technology, space travel, Holodeck and replicator technology — but as long as we don’t trigger a nuclear winter or other extinction level event first - our technological future is very bright.

However, before we get to that distant future, we have to get through the much closer future before us first, and that’s where events such as Tech23 are incredible incubators of the future.

Indeed, we are all very lucky to be part of it in this time of our lives and the history of humanity. I can imagine those seeing the introduction of flight, cars, electricity, machines and more over 100 years ago as the first to truly see the modern world as we have it before us and being equally amazed at what clearly is yet to come and which we, 100-plus years later, so very much take for granted today.

So, what else is in store for Tech23 2016?

Before we get to the present and future tech stars shining at Tech23, tomorrow’s tech stars and their companies need to apply as described above..

Tech23 says that "leaders from all sectors of Australia’s tech community will be involved with Tech23, from the clever people in R&D to the innovators growing amazing businesses, as well as investors and government".

We’re also told that "attendees will benefit from the expertise and experience of Orion Health’s chief executive and director Ian McCrae, WiseTech Global’s chief executive and executive director Richard White, Envato’s founder and executive director Cyan Ta’eed, and Redbubble’s chief executive Martin Hosking.’

There will also be investors including Square Peg Capital’s Tushar Roy, alongside leaders from Australian organisations including CSIRO’s chief executive Larry Marshall and ABC’s director, Digital Network, Angela Clark, and the secretary of the Department of Industry, Innovation and Science, Glenys Beauchamp.

Industry leader Mary-Anne Williams, founder and director of The Magic Lab, University of Technology, Sydney, commented: “Tech23 surpasses state and territory boundaries to provide a national platform for the celebration of Australian innovation. It is particularly unique because it connects a wide range of communities: investment, enterprise, government, startup, and research. This cross-sector collaboration is vital to the growth of the ecosystem.”

The Tech23 site explains that registered attendees can expect:

  • A celebration of Australian innovation;
  • A dynamic community supporting local achievements;
  • Ideas that will change the future – from robotics to health, big data to education;
  • Inspiring minds and insightful advice from research, industry, and government; and
  • The chance to discover opportunities for collaboration.

A complete list of Tech23 industry leaders can be found here.

Everything you need to know about Tech23, including how to register to attend, is here



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Alex Zaharov-Reutt

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