MackHack – 23 to 25 July, 2021
Split Spaces’s Mackhack 2021 was a three-day intensive program to improve the commercialisation outcomes for new products and services for the mining industry.
Teams were put through their paces, with six industry challenges providing a training ground for the practical application of core concepts, tools and processes for commercialisation and guided by expert mentors. The weekend’s learnings focused on ideation, design thinking, lean methodology and building a minimum viable product. Additional topics included, how to validate your idea, test the market, when and why to pivot, and how to pitch.
The event culminated in a pitching battle with three teams rewarded for their solutions sharing in the $5000 prize money. This was the third year running that Split Spaces had delivered a very successful hackathon with assistance from several delivery partners including CSIRO, Qld AI Hub, Qld XR Hub, Qld Robotics and the Centre for METS Business Innovation.
This accelerator was joint funded by METS Ignited and the Queensland Government with prize money provided by Mackay Regional Council.
Quantum Technology Exchange WA 2021 11 March – 9 June, 2021
The QuantumTX business accelerator focussed on scale-up solutions in the Mining, Energy, Agriculture, Defence and Space industries in digital technologies, automation & remote operations, data sciences, sustainability and clean energy.
The cross-sector technology program delivered a series of masterclasses, corporate speed-dating opportunities, mentoring and direct access to industry leaders from NASA, ESA, BHP, Robotics Australia and a number of international organisations.
Participants had the option to test and trial solutions via Atomic Sky at Fugro’s Australian Space Automation, AI & Robotics Control Complex. They also spent time at the Roy Hill Remote Systems Automation Centre, Woodside Energy Robotics Lab and the UWA International Space Centre.
This is the third program in the cross-sector initiative and has proven successful in technology transfer and creating jobs through business acceleration.