The Game Changers

ArdexaArdexa is a Canberra-based company providing high-security software and services for the Internet of Things. Formed by George Cora and Dave Mohr in 2013, the company develops their own edge and cloud software to connect small and large machines, automation devices and renewable power plants to the cloud. They work across a range of industries including energy, agriculture, manufacturing, automation and transport.

Kord GroupUS Marine Testing RIC System [Outdoors]Kord Group is a privately owned group of technology companies with its head office in Canberra and offices in Stafford and Ogden in the United States. Founded in 2007, it is comprised of KordTech Pty Ltd and its subsidiaries, Kord Defence Pty Ltd, KordUSA Inc, and Shotdot Pty Ltd.
Kord designs and develops innovative control and shot recording technologies for the Defence, law enforcement and homeland security markets in the US and Australia.

Aspen MedicalWhen the COVID pandemic first hit, one of the major concerns was how well prepared is the world’s health system to respond to an outbreak of unknown scale. How quickly could countries mobilise resources and people power to build facilities, and then staff them, to deal with the very high number of cases that were expected? High wealth countries would be stretched by the outbreak, but the most devastating impacts would be in those countries with poor health systems, ongoing conflicts or existing infectious disease issues.

InstaclustrPeter LilleyWhat do gaming, banking, retail and content providers have in common – data. They create it, they want access to it and they use it to understand, attract, inform, retain and monetise their customers. According to the Economist, data is now the most valuable resource in the world, with 97percent of businesses using data in some way to inform their business opportunities and over 75 percent of businesses using data as an integral part of their business strategy.

PentenA recent international study1 found that during the current COVID-19 pandemic there has been a significant shift in cybercrime from targeting small business and individuals to a focus on major corporations, governments and critical infrastructure. The increasing use of remote systems and networks to support staff during this time has created new vulnerabilities that are being exploited by these adversaries. The level of cyber attack shows no sign of decreasing as the world slowly starts to open up again. In fact the nature of cyber attacks is becoming more sophisticated and multi pronged.

Goterra Goterra is a waste management infrastructure company that delivers modular infrastructure for biological services. Founded by Olympia Yarger, the company is changing the world by re-imagining the interplay between biology and technology.
Goterra supplies hotels, restaurants, farms, supermarkets and hospitals with robot-managed capsules. Inside shipping containers, these shelves of black soldier fly larvae turn food waste into fertilizer. In a perfectly circular and sustainable ecosystem, once the maggots have consumed the waste, they, in turn, become a high protein animal feed.

Rob CooreyGeospatial Intelligence is a Canberra-based company turning geospatial data into valuable information. The company started in Canberra almost 20 years ago and is fast developing the reputation as the go-to in terms of bespoke tailored solutions using the power of space-based technologies. The idea to create the company was based on years of experience working in both the public and private sectors. Geospatial technologies around the world are used to support industries like defence and security, and the less obvious like agricultural management, environmental mapping and planning and the movement of people.

Just like many businesses, Canberra’s beloved Handmade Market had to pivot their business in a breathtakingly short period of time when Covid-19 restrictions came into effect.

Ken TelferThe Covid-19 crisis saw the entire fitness industry shut down pretty much overnight in March this year and while the need for us to keep moving and exercise hasn’t changed, the way in which we could exercise has. What are providers doing to survive until the restrictions are relaxed?

Understanding the size of the impact

According to recent studies conducted into the Australian Gyms and Fitness centres1 and personal trainers2, the fitness industry is worth around $3.5billion and employs around 30,000 people. Of these around 9,000 are self-employed Personal Trainers or fitness instructors. It is also reported that around 30 percent of Australians have a gym membership – although it is not clear how many use their membership on a regular basis.

The fitness industry has grown by around 5percent since 2014 and there are a number of trends leading this growth. The growth, however, is expected to stall over the next 5 years because of increased competition unless the industry continues to drive change in relation to how it delivers services and target customers.

Canberra Martial ArtsWith gyms, fitness centres and health clubs classified as restricted activities and forced to close on the 23rd March, the fitness industry was forced to adapt or shut up shop completely. Many have embraced online and app-based training and are not only surviving, but embracing new avenues for growth that they will retain once restrictions have lifted.

One such business owner is Tom Adam the founder and chief instructor at Canberra Martial Arts. Based in Phillip, the club still has over 300 members and was providing over 40 face-to-face classes per week for ages 3 to over 60. Canberra Martial Arts teaches HapKiDo, TaeKwonDo, Kumdo, Brazilian Jiu Jitsu (BJJ) and Taekyun as well as Women’s Self Defense courses, early morning bootcamps, and cardio boxing. Tom is forging a new path, embracing online training and in the process is appealing to a whole new group of families.

Shannon PicklesWho would have thought that escape rooms would become a global phenomenon? But there has been a steady growth in the number of rooms around the globe. For the uninitiated, an escape is a physical adventure game.

MichelleLovi headshot300200Michelle Lovi, founder of Odyssey Books always wanted to have a portable business.

“My goal from the very beginning was to have a business that I could do from anywhere,” says Michelle, who started her business in Canberra and moved to New Zealand in 2018 on a 12-month trial.

“I wanted to be able to work from home as an independent business so that I could travel and live anywhere.

stuart omeoLet’s face it the words innovation and mobility aids are rarely used in the same sentence. 
Sure, we now have motorised scooters and improved safety features. However, anyone who has had to navigate or assist someone using a mobility aid can relate to the bulkiness, heaviness and general inflexibility that describes a majority of mobility aids available today. Furthermore, the general premise of the wheelchair has hardly had any innovation since it was first invented in 1783.  

TracyRyanCamera smlPhoto by: Tracy Ryan PhotographyThe diverse nature of Australia's landscape provides us with an abundance of spectacular natural attractions all over the country. When it comes to capturing the beauty of Australia’s landscapes, Tracy Ryan is one of the best. An award-winning landscape and nature photographer, Tracy first fell in love with photography when she went back to finish her Arts degree after raising her 5 kids.

“I decided that once the kids were all at school I would go and finish my degree online,” says Tracy.

“One of the main theory units I had to do involved electives, and one that I chose was photography. I thought, ‘Photography is easy, I’ve had a camera for ages, I’ll give that a go!’ And from that I found out I really loved doing it.”