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Marathon Robotics takes top spot in Tech23 innovation awards

The winners from the Tech23 business innovation awards held in Sydney last night have been announced, with Marathon Robotics who provide robot technology to the US marine Corps taking out the top spot.

Marathon Robotics
Marathon Robotics' robots as used by the US Marine Corps

Tech23 was organised by Slattery IT and supported by Industry & Investment NSW and its Australian Technology Showcase (ATS) and Innovation Pathways programs providing some $150,000 in prizes for the winners.

NSW Minister for Small Business Frank Terenzini congratulated the winners of the Tech23 event.

“The second annual Tech23 held yesterday gave 23 of Australia’s best innovative companies a chance to promote their technology and business models to an audience of about 400 potential investors, mentors, entrepreneurs and customers, Mr Terenzini said.

“Congratulations to Sydney company Marathon Robotics for winning the major Tech23 prize, the NSW Government’s $50,000 Innovation Excellence Award.

“Marathon Robotics has secured a $57 million contract with the United State Marine Corps to trial its advanced robot technology for training soldiers in live firing exercises. It won the major award for best demonstrating how its innovation is unique and underpins company performance, industry dynamics, productivity change and economic .”

Mr Terenzini also congratulated the other major winners of NSW Government-sponsored prizes at Tech23 2010 with Sydney companies also winning three out of the four further categories:

  • iCetana which won the Broadband Innovation Award, a $25,000 prize for the company whose business model, product, service or solution has the best ability to drive demand through broadband services.
  • Taggle Systems of Sydney which won the Outstanding Collaboration for Innovation Award, a $25,000 prize for the company best demonstrating active engagement in a business partnership or collaboration contributing to the development of their innovation.
  • Solar Gem of Sydney which won the Community Contribution Award, a $25,000 prize for the company best demonstrating how their innovation will significantly and measurably benefit their local or national community
  • BuildingIQ from Rushcutters Bay which won the Greatest Potential Award, a $25,000 prize for the company which best demonstrated how they will progress their business model to the next level providing the greatest potential for growth and progress.

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