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Land FORCES 2021 Innovation



Innovation Pitchfest is a dynamic and stimulating event where selected participants have the chance to present their latest science and technology ideas to Defence in the form of a short 3-minute pitch. The event is brought together by AMDA Foundation Limited, Defence Science Institute (DSI), Defence Science and Technology Group (DSTG), industry and academia and is an opportunity to learn from rising talents in Australia’s research and development sector. 

LAND FORCES 2021 Innovation Pitchfest Goes Virtual!

This year, to accommodate the current COVID-19 safety measures, Innovation Pitchfest will look a little different. Successful applicants, in lieu of live presentations, will deliver their pitches prior to the event via Zoom. Pitches will be recorded and stitched together to produce a virtual form of the typical Pitchfest. The compilation of 3-minute pitches will live on this page from 1 June 2021.

Critically, the recorded pitches will be presented to our judging panel who will determine the winning presentations to be awarded in the following categories:

  • Best Overall Pitch
  • Best Overall Innovation
  • Best Land Domain Innovation 

Winners will be announced on Monday 24 May before LAND FORCES and trophies will be presented as part of the event’s Innovation and Technology for the Future Force Conference (Thursday 3rd June).  

The Pitch

To ensure you are able to take full advantage of the virtual format, selected applicants will receive professional pitch training (free of charge), which will take place online in a half-day group session in early May. Shorter one-on-one sessions will be available with the trainer to provide feedback on your presentation before the recording session in mid-May.

Selected applicants will be allocated individual time slots for the presentation of their pitches via Zoom, which will be recorded. Zoom invitation links will be provided to each presenter closer to the day of recording. To maintain consistency with the traditional Pitchfest event, presentations will be constrained to 3 minutes maximum and can be supported by a single static Power Point slide (i.e. no animation, video or audio content in the slide). The message and impact are to be delivered by your verbal presentation. 
Your Involvement
Interested to pitch? Industry, academia and members of Defence that would like to submit a pitch are invited to send in expressions of interest (EOI) outlining the details of their ideas. Click here to complete the online application form. Expressions of interest close COB on Thursday 6 May 2021. 
For further questions about the event, contact Craig Butler at 

Innovation Pitchfest Key Dates

Last date for submission of EOIs: Thursday 6 May 2021
Online training session for selected applicants: Early – Mid May 2021
Recording session via Zoom: Mid May 2021 
Announcement of Winners: Monday 24 May 2021
LAND FORCES 2021 Pitchfest Prizes Presentation: 1030 at the Innovation and Technology for the Future Force Conference on Thursday 3 June 2021