UOW Pitch

UOW Pitch 2014 - A Festival Of Innovation

UOW Pitch 2014

Staff and students with innovative ideas share in $40,000 cash prizes to help turn their bright ideas into reality. 

Implants for nerve reconstruction, environmentally friendly funeral caskets and even an optical fibre with built-in solar power generating capability were among the next batch of UOW’s big ideas revealed at the UOW Pitch 2014 awards ceremony on Thursday 28 August.

The Pitch competition, now in its second year, is helping staff and students turn their innovative ideas into reality while at the same time fostering a culture of innovation and entrepreneurship within the University.

The Pitch competition prize pool was increased for 2014 to accommodate and reward the increasingly new and interesting ideas being entered.

The winning staff and students from three categories – postgraduate students, undergraduate students and staff – were announced and presented with their prizes at a ceremony at Three Chimneys bar in Wollongong last night.

Through the support of SAF funding and industry sponsorship from Davies Collison Cave, Internetrix and NuMega, the UOW Pitch 2014 competition, is designed to build on the success of iAccelerate and further promote student and staff involvement in entrepreneurialism and the commercialisation of ideas, inventions and research outcomes at UOW.

This year we also saw the inclusion of iAccelerate Scholarships being awarded to five student teams.

Shortlisted entrants received Pitch Training and were required to present a five-minute pitch to a panel of experts.

iAccelerate CEO and Director of Innovation and Commercial Research Ms Elizabeth Eastland said the UOW Pitch competition was about finding the bright, energetic entrepreneurial-minded people who are passionate about their ideas but may lack the necessary financial resources to pursue them.

“We want to foster a culture of innovation and entrepreneurship within the UOW community that will have flow-on benefits for the region and its transformation into a technology hub.

“Congratulations to all the amazing entrants who have been working hard and challenging themselves to take an idea they may have been thinking about for a long time and using the Pitch Competition as a way to kick start the process of turning the idea into reality.”

Awards were presented by UOW Vice-Chancellor Professor Paul Wellings, Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Research) Professor Judy Raper and sponsors William Hird from Davies Collison Cave, Daniel Rowan from Internetrix and Craig Patch from NuMega.

UOW Pitch 2014 Winners

Postgraduate Student Category

Winner ($6000): Next Generation Of Textile Scaffolds For Nerve Reconstruction - Rodrigo Lozano, Syamak Farajikhah, Javad Foroughi.

Runner up ($4000): A Novel Device For Oil Collection And Separation From Water Surface - Yuhai Dou

Encouragement award ($3000): Inexpensive Mri Magnet System - Dipak Patel

Encouragement award ($1000): Bestfit Smart Phone Application - Jessica Oliver, Clifford Lewis, Matthew Clark

Best pitch ($2000): Bestfit Smart Phone Application - Jessica Oliver, Clifford Lewis, Matthew Clark

Undergraduate Student Category

Winner ($6000): Australian Handcrafted Caskets - Chris Nicholson

Runner up ($4000): Slip-angle sensor - Nathan Tarlinton

Encouragement award ($2000): UOW.Link - Thomas Headland

Best pitch ($2000): Australian Handcrafted Caskets - Chris Nicholson

Staff Category

Winner ($6000):  Sparky Fibre - Atilla Mozer, Tillmann Boehme, Brad Stappenbelt

Runner up ($4000): High Efficiency modular Micro wind based electricity generator - Buyung Kosasih

Encouragement award ($1000): Early Years Digital Sketch Book - Holly Tootell, Mark Freeman & Grant Ellmers

Best Pitch ($2000): Sparky Fibre - Atilla Mozer, Tillmann Boehme, Brad Stappenbelt

iAccelerate Scholarship Recipients

Social Entrepreneurship - Chris Nicholson – Australian Handcrafted Caskets

iAccelerate Program for Female Entrepreneurs - Jess Nesbitt, Thomas Guest – Flatmates 




  • Prashan Premaratne - Structural Integrity Monitor
  • Buyung Kosasih - Low Cost Green Lubricants
  • Buyung Kosasih - High Efficiency Modular Micro Wind Based Electricity Generator
  • Attila Mozer, Tillmann Boehme, Brad Stappenbelt - Sparky Fibre
  • Matthew Perry – Zapple
  • Md Shahriar Al Hossain - Next generation low cost superconducting rotor coil suitable for off-shore wind turbine generator
  • Holly Tootell, Mark Freeman, Grant Ellmers - Early Years Digital Sketch Book
  • Katrina Green, Paul Else - Training the Brain – Live well, longer


  • Jason Giuliato – Head Safe
  • William Ashford – Tutoring for Change
  • Katrina Davis, Christopher Moginie, Lucy Nguyen, Dean Sykes – SureLock
  • Thomas Headland – UOW.LINK
  • Chris Nicholson – Australian Handcrafted Caskets
  • Jess Nesbitt, Thomas Guest – Flatmates
  • Grant Colyer – Real Time Mine
  • Nathan Tarlinton – Slip-Angle-Sensor
  • Andrew Suber – BlackBox Safety Cam


  • Dipak Patel – Inexpensive MRI Magnet System
  • Jessica Oliver, Clifford Lewis, Matthew Clark – BestFit Smart Phone Application
  • Syamak Farajikhah, Rodrigo Lozano, Javad Foroughi - Next Generation of Textile Scaffolds for Nerve Reconstruction
  • Yuhai Dou - A novel device for oil collection and separation from water surface
  • Jian Yang, Shuaishuai Sun - Improve ride comfort and stability of vehicle with novel variable stiffness and damping suspension
  • Mohannad AL-ghazo - Live and let live
  • Ray Laine - Engagement Decision Support Systems
  • Maryam Ghahramani - Biometric gait, posture and balance analysis for fall risk assessment among elderly
  • Xianwei Huang - Smart Dock--Auto Sync Private Cloud Storage and Mini Server
  • Chazath Kaliboullah - SoilReg
  • Andrzej Aksenczuk - e-rehabilitation: MoveBoard
Last reviewed: 6 April, 2016