“CeBIT attracts over 15,000 visitors and more than 300 exhibiting companies, as well as international delegations from around the globe, giving Australian technology companies an exciting platform for national and international sales,” said Zoe de Saram, Deputy Secretary of Skills and Economic Development at the Department of Industry. “It will be a chance to market products and services to business and government and get new insights on artificial intelligence, the Internet of Things, cloud computing, data analytics, cyber security and e-government.”
The NSW Government stand will be showcasing eight innovative firms, including Design+Industry, a technology engineering consultancy that provides industrial design for hi-tech devices in medical, agriculture, industry and consumer industries. Their designs include the cockpit layout for deep-diving submersible Deepsea Challenger, famously used by director James Cameron to reach the bottom of the Mariana Trench, the deepest-known point on Earth.
Deep Sea Challenger
Cockpit of the Deepsea Challenger, designed by Design+Industry
Other exhibitors at the NSW Government stand include Aervision Technologies, whose products include biometric sensors that can identify people by the veins in their palm, iris scanners, and technology for analysing crowd behaviour; Henchman Products, a company that has developed an electronic tool control system for specialised industries, including aviation; and University of NSW’s TechConnect Global, an incubator program allowing businesses, such as previously featured startup Agronomeye, to access UNSW’s world-class research, training and facilities to develop new products.
NSW start-ups will also be strongly represented at CeBIT 2018, with support from NSW Government–backed initiative Jobs for NSW.
“Jobs for NSW is helping our start-ups and small businesses to create new jobs with a range of financial support – including grants, loans and loan guarantees – which it will also be promoting at CeBIT,” said Deputy Premier and Minister for Small Business John Barilaro.
“The fruits of this assistance will be on display at the dedicated start-up space – Entrepreneur HQ – featuring 16 Jobs for NSW–supported companies across sectors spanning software, data science, FinTech and MedTech.”
Deputy Premier and Minister for Small Business John Barilaro
Among the exhibitors at Entrepreneurs HQ is PingData, a company whose mission is to rid the world of inconvenient paper receipts.
“We think it’s crazy that customers can pay in-store by seamlessly tapping a card or a smartphone; however, they still receive a centuries-old paper receipt,” said PingData co-founder Paul Weingarth. “That’s why we have invented the PingReceipt – customers simply pay as normal and seconds later they will receive a PingReceipt inside their mobile banking app.”
Pingdata co-founder Paul Weingarth
PingData used a $25,000 grant from Jobs for NSW to test and validate the solution with a tier-one Australian bank.
Other NSW start-ups exhibiting at Entrepreneurs HQ include AirBuddy, which produces rechargeable battery-powered air compressors that bridge the gap between snorkelling and scuba diving; HeadsafeIP, whose portable headset can diagnose concussions within minutes; and Inspace XR, whose augmented and virtual reality software for the architecture, engineering, construction and real estate industries allow users to step inside buildings before they even exist.
Mr Barilaro said that the $190-million Jobs for NSW fund is on track to support almost 20,000 jobs in NSW by 2021–22. “Because the start-up sector is worth $70 billion to the NSW economy, we are focused on creating the right environment for people to launch a start-up, and to provide the support they need to succeed,” he said.
“It’s not up to governments to come up with great new business ideas – but it is our job to do everything we can to ensure the people with those great ideas can bring them to life, as we will see at CeBIT next month.”
To see these and other great ideas being featured at CeBIT Australia 2018, be sure to register for your free exhibition pass today, or, to get the full CeBIT experience, register for a conference delegate pass.