NICTA Techfest lights up the Australian Technology Park

Published on March 11, 2015

Highly secure operating systems for drones, vision processing systems for Australia’s bionic eye, map-based access to open spatial data, and unique 3D GPS tracking software featuring synchronised sound and video were just a few of the highlights of Techfest 2015.

The icing on the cake was the event opening by the Hon. Malcolm Turnbull MP, Federal Minister for Communications, which recognised the importance of students taking up STEM subjects.

Also featured were some of the companies NICTA has created which are now contributing to Australia’s burgeoning start-up scene – Audinate, Saluda Medical, Ambiata, Incoming, Trademark Vision and Yuruware (now part of Unitrends).

The Digital Careers team also hosted a variety of physical demonstrations, coding and systems design challenges aimed at school-aged students.

Highlights from the event included:

  • NICTA’s Environment Business Team demonstrated the National Map project, a sophisticated web-based map viewing system developed by NICTA for the Department of Communications in conjunction with Geoscience Australia.  The National Map provides map-based access to Australian open spatial data which is retrieved directly from data services from a wide range of Government agencies.
  • Academy-award-winner Chris Cooper demonstrated Doarama, a 3D GPS track visualisation system with photo and video synchronisation, using the latest Oculus Rift (SDK2) virtual reality headset supported within a web browser.
  • NICTA’s Optimisation Research Group showcased NICTA’s evacuation planning project for Minister Turnbull. This project provides emergency services with tools to plan and schedule large scale evacuations. This visual demonstration shows how it can plan and simulate the evacuation of 80,000 people in a couple of minutes, enabling better planning and response capabilities.
  • Digital Careers co-ordinated an impressive array of ICT-related challenges and demonstrations and produced this video to showcase their activities.
  • NICTA’s Software System Research Group showcased their technology that raises the bar for safety and security of cyber-physical systems, such as aircraft, cars or medical implants.  This research is part of a large software security project funded by the U.S. Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA).


Students meet with Minister Turnbull.

Students meet with Minister Turnbull.

Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) Project.

Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) Project.







The Hon Malcolm Turnbull MP, Minister for Communications, officially opens Techfest.

Oculus Rift (SDK2) virtual reality headset, used to demonstrate NICTA’s Doarama project.


Students interacting with National Map.

Caroline Even from the Optimisation Research Group showcases NICTA’s evacuation planning project.


Bill Simpson-Young,  Director of Engineering Technology and Development, demonstrates National Map.