"Just the start of greater engagement in NSW"

Shortlisted candidates for Pitch Event announced

Just over 3 weeks ago, applicants opened for the inaugural Pitch to Pilot program which asked applicants to articulate both a problem, and the solution, that directly affects one (or more) NSW Government agencies. For this particular call out, we sought solutions specifically focused on identity and security, artificial intelligence (AI), or machine learning (ML) that can deliver improved efficiencies, better services and enhanced outcomes for NSW citizens.  

At the close of applications on 22 October, we had received 78 submissions from all over Australia (86% from NSW based companies). The evaluation committee was faced with the difficult task of shortlisting from such a strong list of candidates. The 13 finalists selected will now face the judging panel at the Pitch Event on November 8th at the Sydney Startup Hub. A huge thanks to independent AI expert Lachlan McCalman from Data61 and innovation and data expert Khimji Vaghijiani from the Data Analytics Centre for lending a hand on the evaluation committee.  


Meet the Panel:   

This program would not be successful without the willing participation of agencies across NSW Government. It did not take much convincing though to put together an amazing panel of our esteemed colleagues across 6 different agencies, who between them offer decades of leadership experience in both the private and public sectors in IT, digital transformation, innovation and technology. Meet the panel below:  


  • Greg Wells, Government Chief Information and Digital Officer, DFSI 

  • Ian Jansen, Chief Digital & Product Officer, Service NSW 

  • Tony Ritchie, Chief Information Officer (CIO), DFS 

  • Elizabeth Hall Walsh, CIO, NSW Department of Industry 

  • Aaron Liu, CIO, NSW Department of Justice 

  • Gordon Dunsford, CIO, Police NSW 

  • Richard Host, CIO, Transport for NSW 

  • Khimji Vaghijiani, Data Analytics Centre, NSW Treasury 


Meet the finalists:   

Hyperanna  - ”Artificial intelligence powered data analyst” 

HYPER ANNA is an artificial intelligence powered data analyst that streamlines and accelerates the journey from raw data to actionable insights. Anna will do all the tedious and technical work of writing codes, analyzing data through advanced analytical techniques, producing charts, & more importantly insights.  

Daisee - “Turning Unstrucured Data into Actionable Insights” 

Daisee is an Enterprise software as a service (SaaS) AI company that offers a speech (and text) analytics solution that can help understand and better service NSW citizens. Lisa (an acronym for Linguistic Interpretive Semantic Analysis) is a suite of products that enable businesses to see what they have not seen before: the inside of conversations they have with every customer, every day.  Lisa listens to every conversation, then extracts key features and builds a profile of each customer interaction.  Lisa understands the dynamics of each conversation (interruptions, sentiment, empathy, rapport), and gives customers a voice.  


A codebot writes code alongside human engineers and can write over 90% of the code base! Codebots enables developers to build software better with the help of AI-powered bots that can write 300,000 lines of code in one minute. To date, the platform has been used to develop over 30 applications.  

 SAP Australia  - “Machine Learning enabled Tax Payer Insights” 

This innovative technology created by software giant SAP helps to identify behavioural patterns in citizens. Using specific data sets, it can make a prediction as to what that citizen might do next. Using this information, the NSW government can target specific behaviours (e.g. tax fraud, falling into debt, propensity to pay) and determine a best course of preventative action that might be taken to assist these people in achieving an outcome (becoming debt free) or prevent them from committing fraud or falling into hardship.  

To date, this solution has been applied to identifying the likelihood of taxpayers becoming debtors to the government  

Genisys - “Citizen Interaction AI as a Service” 

Genisys is a leading Australian Service Provider with expertise in delivering Managed Services, Cognitive AI and Data Analytics, Secure Hybrid Cloud, Enterprise Connectivity and Data Centre and Disaster Recovery solutions for Australia’s leading organisations in the public and private sectors.  

The solution looks to using Apps, AI, Machine Learning and Data Analytics Insights to augment the existing customer service at the contact point by providing an alternative/active channel of reporting across various agencies.   

Quixxi Security - “Making Mobile apps Hack proof in order to secure Personal Data” 

Quixxi is a small technology company in Manly NSW that has been providing Mobile applications security design development and security solutions for 3 years to the Australian and international market; A simple easy to use tool for Mobile application Development teams to harden their Mobile apps against attack by Cyber Criminals. They have over 2000 customers using Quixxi Security today across a broad range of technologies  

Planet Ark Power & Elevare Energy - “Using Ai to save $ Millions on energy costs to be better spent on more services for citizens” 

By using their unique machine learning algorithms, Planet Ark Power can increase the amount of rooftop solar and other DER (Distributed Energy Resources like rooftop solar) on the Low Voltage (LV) grid by up to 13 times the current limit by managing voltage on each zone substation feeder .  

Mapcite  - “Spatial Data Visualisation, Analytics, Prediction and Delivery of Spatial Data to Mobile Device” 

Mapcite is using Spatial Data Visualisation, Analytics, Prediction and Delivery of Spatial Data to Mobile Devices to  help companies to make use of location based data in order to  make better decisions, gain new insights, create value and solve complex problems.  

They help their customers bring the value of location data to Field Workers such as Policemen, Nurses, Doctors etc. Imagine the ability to deliver all the data held, in the back office, to mobile devices in the field. And with no loss of battery power.  

 Smart City Coral Reef IOT platform   

The Coral Reef technology has been developed by Bright Innovations, a technology company founded by Bright Led Ltd. This IoT technology is a future-focused, open source and collaborative data platform for smart cities.   

Their vision is to incorporate the platform in the transportation sector to create a smart traffic management and ecosystem. Their platform can monitor and analyse traffic flows to prevent roads from becoming too congested, optimise streetlights to dim when there aren’t cars or pedestrians on the roads, and create smart transit to fulfil the needs of public transport users in real time, improving their efficiency and safety. Smart city technology is also increasingly being used to improve public safety through the monitoring of high crime areas to improving emergency preparedness.   

Rulerr - “Permissions Reinvented” 

Rulerr is a SaaS provider that offers a solution to assist in the management and audit of access privileges in enterprise environments. It can be difficult using current technology to determine and subsequently manage who has access to company data across multiple I.T. systems. However, with   

Equifax  - “Interactive biometric verification of NSW citizens” 

Equifax is a credit reporting body operating in Australia and overseas. They verify financial, risk and identity information for individuals and businesses and are currently innovating and are developing the use of biometrics to help government agencies improve in identity verification.   

Their technology with use biometrics and liveness tests that government can integrate with digital services to citizens to reduce the impact of fraud waste while empowering citizens to engage with government services (For example by taking a Selfie).  

SecureStack  - “Security Intelligence Platform” 

SecureStack helps IT managers address their IT security and compliance risk through an end to end security platform that offers customers hardened operating systems, a centralized login and web based security information and event management (SIEM) where they can see and interact with all their security data, and a smart orchestration engine to bind it all together.   The solution helps manage security controls and data across all infrastructure, no matter where it lives:  the cloud, data center, on-premises or anywhere else.  Deploy the same servers, users, applications and security controls across all your infrastructure from one simple pane of glass.   

 Resolves Disputes Online (RDO) - “NSW Online Dispute Resolution Pilot for Citizens and Businesses in NSW” 

RDO's online dispute management software and technology has been built by lawyers, mediators and arbitrators from Australia, the UK and Canada who understand the practicalities of dispute resolution services because they do it themselves. RDO’s driving force is its desire to leverage modern technology to improve access to justice and enable the rule of law.   

Their aim is to improve access to justice for citizens across the globe (including NSW and the whole of Australia). For individuals and businesses in NSW, obtaining justice or an outcome to a dispute is unduly complex, expensive and time-consuming. Moreover, the delays and costs of dispute resolution can cause significant damage to businesses, relationships and people’s health.   


 We can’t wait to hear more about these solutions at the Pitch Event on November 8th at the Sydney Startup Hub. Join us!