Tech23 the popular annual tech conference run by Slattery IT announced its 2013 major category winners last week. The 23 participating startups each made a 5 minute pitch in front of a crowd of investors and entrepreneurs.
The Innovation Excellence Award for 2013 went to 2Mar Robotics; a company that specializes in manufacturing robotic arms for people with spinal cord injuries, muscular dystrophy, Parkinson’s, etc. The robotic arm can be controlled with speech or Iphone controls. Their robot, Jeva, is specially designed for people with quadriplegia.
Based in Melbourne Australia, the company was founded by Young Australian of the Year Merita Cheng and is supported by the University of Melbourne, Australia.
Sabre Autonomous Solutions, won the Greatest Potential Award for 2013 for their grit-blaster robotic system. The system started as a collaborative research effort by the Centre for Autonomous Systems at the University of Technology, Sydney and the Roads and Maritime Services NSW (RMS) in 2006. The robotic system is specially designed to protect the various workers involved in manual grit blasting from harmful dust particles and physical hazards, by doing all the dangerous and tedious work for them.
BuyReply (who appear to have rebranded to ShopReply) won the People’s Choice Award for 2013. With the motive to revolutionize the current e-commerce industry, founder Brad Lindenberg and his team aim to convert non transactional offline advertising to revenue generating customer transactions through their unique idea. Having viewed the demo it appears to be a very effective way to convert offline leads into e-commerce transactions across multiple offline and online channels.
They aim to enable shopping through a simple text message, an email, a tweet or even a QR scan. Their vision is to convert offline advertising, completely non-transactional in nature, to purchasing transactions.
Full list of Prizes
Tech23 2013 Innovation Excellence Award » 2Mar Robotics
Tech23 2013 Greatest Potential Award » Sabre Autonomous Solutions
Tech23 People’s Choice Award » BuyReply
Innovate NSW MVP Grant » Sabre Autonomous Solutions
Innovate NSW MVP Grant » Intersective
PayPal Creating opportunity together award » BuyReply
REA Group Purpose & Passion prize » Food Orbit
ATP Innovations Explorer Award » 2Mar Robotics
London & Partners Discover Tech City Award » Sabre Autonomous Solutions
AMP Amplify Festival Most promising technology for enterprise application award »SimplyShow.me
Braintree best payment using mobile award » Food Orbit
Sirca University Medal for Tech Entrepreneurship » Breezedocs
Amazon Web Services Award » Ennova
Citrix Best early stage company award » 121cast
Anchor’s Legendary server management award » ollo mobile
Advance mentoring session » Roomz
Cloudstaff Ignition award » Ennova
Controlabill best subscription business model prize » ollo mobile
Fishburners most investable award » HSK Instruments
Google Encouragement prize » BuyReply
Lunch with Nick Gruen » SkyTree
Mentoring with Matt » SkyTree
MYOB Online Innovation for Small Business Award » BuyReply
Noah Consulting Disruption award » SkyTree
Saasu Plan for the future award » Breezedocs
Meeting with Square Peg Capital » HSK Intruments
Stripe Loves Australia award » Food Orbit
Meeting with Susan Wu » 2Mar Robotics
The Delicatessen Agency Light-globe moment award » Food Orbit
The New Agency Best growth hacking and boot-strapping prize » 2Mar Robotics
ThoughtWorks Getting stuff done award » 2Mar Robotics
Weco 24/7 co-working 2 month kickstart » 121cast
ilab Germinate Program Award » Rightprism
Innovation Island People’s Choice Award » Cloud Herd