Since 2017, METS Ignited has piloted a series of collaborative accelerator programs with funding and support from state and federal governments, local innovation hubs and industry mentors.  The accelerators have been pitched at scale-up businesses looking to increase their skills and capability development, to realise their commercial maturity, become globally competitive and break into new markets.  These programs have attracted a mix of regional and metropolitan scale-up companies with solutions for the mining and resources industry.

Since their inception, METS Ignited has broadened the scope of the programs to provide commercialisation pathways to technology innovators with solutions in Robotics and Automation, Digital and Data, and Sustainability and Responsible Mining.  METS Ignited’s partnership with Quantum Technology Exchange in 2020 has expanded the opportunity again, providing cross-sector business accelerators to scale-ups in Mining, Energy, Agriculture, Defence and Space.

Current Accelerators

MackHack – Mackay Regional Accelerator Program 23 to 25 July, 2021

Get ready for a weekend jam-packed full of innovation in the mining, agritech and METS sector as the region’s problem solvers and disruptors gear up for the third annual MackHack technology-focused hackathon.

Join the movement of transformation in the Mackay region, as we Dare to Disrupt at MackHack 2021, a weekend-long event where participants come together to evolve the region and move to industry 4.0.

This year the hackathon is inviting regional companies big and small to form teams, identify local business problems, and understand how technologies such as AI, XR and robotics can help solve these.

Throughout the weekend, you will turn your ideas into reality, prototypes into production and connect with like-minded people, industry experts and mentors.

This cross-sector event will feature guest speakers, case studies and workshops in AI, Robotics, XR (VR, AR, MR) technology. It will bring together thinkers, makers, doers, creatives, innovators and entrepreneurs, designers, engineers and programmers to solve your internal business challenges, or bigger industry challenges.

METS Ignited, the Queensland Government, and the Mackay Regional Council are major sponsors of the event.

Register today for Mackay’s annual hackathon: MackHack 2021.

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.

QTX WA 2021 cohort:

Cumulus Projects Transforming organisations with the spatial web for connected workers and remote operations
Tap into Safety Online and mobile-friendly training and assessment platform for high-risk industries
Zella DC Next-generation server room, micro data centres built for anywhere and making productivity sustainable
Oleology Oily water treatment and PFAS water treatment solution to below detectable levels
AiSpanner Connected datacentric maintenance lifecycle solution integrating analytics & 3D Visualisation
iSOL8 Digital LOTO system which reduces plant downtime and eliminates human errors
Epichem Synthetic chemistry solutions addressing waste management with carbon neutral waste conversion tech
Quantify Technology Electrical IoT solutions that help organisations optimise power usage and improve safety
ACT Australia & NZ Industrial live-theatre and film that facilitates a catalyst for people development, skills and safety
ISOLABS Emergent technologies for advanced analytics and empowered decision making

News on the visit to the Fugro Remote Operations facility can be found here.

More information on the Quantum Technology Exchange is available at