Exhibitors | Meet the makers | Engineering and Manufacturing Festival

Friday 21st and Saturday 22nd September 2018       9am - 4pm       Newcastle Jockey Club

Advanced Manufacturing

Varley Group

Silver Sponsor

Varley was established in 1886 and is one the Hunter’s oldest and most advanced engineering and manufacturing companies.

Throughout its long history, Varley has steadily grown and diversified to provide a comprehensive range of first class products, service and workmanship to many major industries.

The Varley Group’s ability to transform customer ideas into reality has earned the company a competitive reputation as a provider of innovative turnkey solutions and unsurpassed service, on local, national and international stages.

Varley’s current customer base is wide-ranging across an international stage, from individuals to governments and global corporations. Similarly, the products and services offered by Varley are vastly diverse.

Current manufacturing projects include custom emergency service, health, education and rescue vehicles, defence ambulances and arms storage facilities, industrial and recreational electric vehicles, power plant restorations and rail maintenance works.



Silver Sponsor

Moly-Cop is the largest and most experienced manufacturer and supplier of grinding media to mining operations worldwide, with operations in Australia, Indonesia, Chile, Peru, Mexico, USA and Canada.

Proudly celebrating 100 years of manufacturing at the Waratah site in Newcastle – Moly-Cop is a fully integrated operation, from the processing of scrap metal in the electric arc furnace, to the end products of grinding media and rail wheels. Moly-Cop is the only Australian manufacturer of rail wheels, manufactured under the Comsteel brand.

Moly-Cop continues to lead in research and innovation, with products that are recognized globally for quality and reliability.


Jubilee Springs


Jubilee Spring Co Pty Ltd was established in 1938 and we have been spring manufacturers in Australia for 80 years. We design and manufacture compression, tension and torsion springs, wire shapes and flat pressings in both ferrous and non-ferrous materials.

Our customers range from small businesses to large enterprises, both nationally and internationally. As a 100% Australian owned and operated business, we have built a solid reputation on our hard work, our reliability and on our integrity.

As a leading spring manufacturer and supplier in Australia, our organisational goal is for the continual improvement in both workmanship and service delivery, so that we are able to fully meet our customer’s needs and expectations, now and well into the future.

To achieve these goals we have established a Quality Control System which is based on the requirements of AS/NZS ISO 9001. We can assist with any design requirements possible as well as supply of samples.




Cadgroup is one of the largest Autodesk Partners in Australia and is a Platinum Autodesk solutions provider. Trust, Friendliness and Value are at the core of all our solutions and underpins our customer-centric approach. We believe that our customers’ success is as important as our own and therefore consistently develop innovative solutions to support our client’s interests. We provide technical expertise and solutions for architecture, engineering, construction, and manufacturing businesses to maximise their investment in design technology.


Design Anthology


Design Anthology are passionate about using design to solve problems. We use design to create products that are meaningful, transformative, valuable, smarter, human-centred and experience-driven.

We help you make your idea real! Offering a range of services from ‘end to end’ proven product design processes, ideation workshops, critical design reviews to production and branding.

We have successfully completed over 100 product design projects since January 2006 and our team is dedicated to producing innovative and exceptional products.


Academy Sheet Metal


Academy Sheetmetal & Laser Cutting is a highly technical sheet metal business enterprise. We employ 30 staff which includes 5 Office staff. Of the 25 staff over two shifts 11 are apprentices at various stages of their courses. We have over the last 6 months, signed off 3 apprentices who completed their fourth year and achieve their Trade Certificate. This enables Academy to be more progressive and innovative due to the training and assistance of young staff who are computer astute and savvy. We have 6 touch screens and a number of different types of software which assist us in keeping or customers satisfied with our end products.

In October we are installing robotics to enhance our Amada Fiber Optic 6 Kw Laser Profile Cutter. This machine is the only laser of its type in Australasia and was recently developed in Japan. The machine was installed in April this year. This Laser complemented our existing 4 Kw CO2 Laser which we have had for three and half years. We also have a number of brake presses and folders which enable us to bend these very accurately cut materials to within fractions of degrees. These machines are supplied with accurately drawn electronic DXF files developed using Solidworks Software driven by our two in house draftsmen.

These two services are enhanced by an assortment of welding types and stations to complete the custom made products we fabricate.

The future of our business and consequently this industry is innovation and technology which we at Academy, are investing in extensively. The other part of our future is the young people of today in the form of Apprenticeships and Traineeships. This is our long term plan and business strategy.




SMC are the world leaders in pneumatic technology and experts in automation control offering over 12,000 basic products with 700,000 variants. SMC been voted as one of the world’s most innovative global company for three consecutive years by leading business magazine, Forbes.

SMC prides themselves on being customer centric and offering Japanese quality. The company has developed products which fit the market conditions of today. Products are designed with the customer in mind and are well suited to conditions which range from they hygienic requirements of the food and beverage industry to the robust requirements of mining.

Founded almost 60 years ago, SMC operates in 83 countries, employing 19,000 people across the globe. It has an R&D engineering team of 1,450 and an 8,200-strong sales force, who are experts in their field and enjoy a close working relationship with SMC’s customers.


Rotacaster Wheels


Rotacaster is the home of the award winning ROTATRUCK, designed to make hard work easier, quicker and safer, and the only hand-truck to enable you to earn a return on invest by delivering improved ergonomic safety AND improved productivity, without compromise.

Rotacaster is also the manufacturer of the multi-directional omni-wheel designed for use in floor, robotic and conveyor applications. It’s unique patented all-polymer design makes it the most robust wheel for weight, highly corrosion resistant, and ideal for mission critical applications, as it does not lose its rollers under intended use. The Rotacasters give you a true three degrees of movement, enabling intuitive and easy mobility.



Hummingbird Electronics


Hummingbird Electronics was formed in 2007 to design and manufacture novel electronic solutions for the transport sector in Australia and internationally.

Hummingbird Electronics consults with suppliers to the transport and mining sectors to identify opportunities for new, innovative products.   Our engineering team in Williamtown turn ideas into products and those products are produced in our state of the art manufacturing facility in Adelaide.

Standard products are marketed directly to key customers, through distribution and on the internet to customers within Australia and internationally.  Custom products are designed and manufactured specifically for individual customer needs.   By working closely with our key customers, we enhance our relationships, build on existing intellectual property and expand our technology base.


Robotic Systems


Robotic Systems provides a range of advanced technical products and engineering services for test, measurement, control and automation. Equipping our customers with tools and systems to meet their business objectives.




Gold Sponsor

AGL is committed to helping shape a sustainable energy future for Australia. We operate the country’s largest electricity generation portfolio, we’re its largest ASX-listed investor in renewable energy, and we have 3.6 million customer accounts. Proudly Australian, with more than 180 years of experience, we have a responsibility to provide sustainable, secure and affordable energy for our customers. Our aim is to prosper in a carbon-constrained world and build customer advocacy as our industry transforms. That’s why we have committed to exiting our coal-fired generation by 2050 and why we will continue to develop innovative solutions for our customers.



Advitech Group


The Advitech Group has been driving excellence and innovation in the technical sciences for 30 years. We are a group of five companies aspiring to lead the way in STEM&M – Science, Technology, Engineering, Mathematics & Manufacturing.

We are looking forward to educating and inspiring our local community at the Greater Hunter Makers and Technology Festival. Innovation is essential for our region’s future and we’re excited to be doing our part. Building on our core STEM skills, The Advitech Group designs, develops and manufactures a growing range of innovative products and solutions.

Through rigorous R&D, our noise attenuation products quieten noisy mobile machinery, industrial facilities and roadways to ensure compliance. Building on IoT, machine learning and simulation technologies, our smart monitoring systems, communication networks, and decision support tools deliver operational intelligence to our customers’ fingertips, enabling informed business and operational decision making.




Since 2009, Bioaction has been the industry leader in providing complete packaged solutions for odours and emissions treatment, establishing a successful Australian business with offerings that match the Australian context. We are developing and adapting solutions for the export market, with excellent results.



ANZ Bank


Our history dates back over 180 years. We are committed to building lasting partnerships with our customers, shareholders and communities in 34 countries in Australia, New Zealand, throughout Asia and the Pacific, and in the Middle East, Europe and America.

We provide a range of banking and financial products and services to over 9 million customers. We employ over 50,000 people worldwide.


Industry Association

Ai Group

Platinum Sponsor

The Australian Industry Group (Ai Group) is Australia’s peak industry association. Acting on behalf of business for more than 140 years, we are the country’s only truly national employers’ organisation.

Ai Group represents the interests of more than 60,000 businesses employing more than 1 million staff. Our longstanding involvement with diverse industry sectors including manufacturing, construction, transport, labour hire, mining services, defence, airlines and ICT means we are genuinely representative of Australian industry.

With more than 250 staff in offices across NSW, QLD, SA, VIC and WA, we have the resources and the expertise to meet the changing needs of our members. We provide the practical information, advice and assistance you need to run your business more effectively.


Central Coast Industry Connect


Central Coast Industry Connect Limited (CCIC) is a not for profit organisation that is a collaboration of the three major industry bodies in the region; the NSW Business Chamber, HunterNet and AIGroup. CCIC is not a member organisation but has some 180 manufacturers on its database and 80 service organisations. 

CCIC works with Manufacturing and related service industries. It is a conduit for state and federal government industry programs, best practice workshops, industry networking events and runs clusters in Food, Sustainability and Continuous Improvement. It fosters collaboration and connection between industry, business, and education providers and community to create growth opportunities in the region and add to its social fabric. 

Its current focus is the Food and Agribusiness sector in the region and the opportunity to establish the Central Coast as a Food Innovation Region in partnership with Regional Development Australia Central Coast and University of Newcastle, having recently been awarded funding for a food cluster by the Federal Governments Food Innovation Australia Limited.



Hunter Electric Vehicle Festival

Silver Sponsor

The Hunter Valley Electric Vehicle Festival ‘EVFest’ is all about thinking of sustainable transport in fun and innovative ways that support the development of electric vehicle industries in the region. The Hunter Valley Electric Vehicle Festival is delivered each year by a range of supportive Hunter organisations and businesses.



Blue Zone Group


BlueZone Group is primarily focused on our customers operating in the harsh conditions of deep oceans, coastal seas, rivers and water infrastructure. Our technically superior OEM product offering combined with our application engineering and local product development capability supports customers with demanding requirements in tight time-frames. Our market offering includes the following features:

  • Wide Product Portfolio: With a wide product portfolio BlueZone provides an underwater technology “one-stop-shop” for many customers.
  • Supply to Multiple Markets including Defence; Offshore Oil & Gas, Oceanographic; Hydrographic and Water Resources. Where there are synergies between market areas we look to leverage these for the benefit of our customers, reducing costs, providing faster delivery or developing innovative solutions resulting from bringing new vision and ideas from one market to another.
  • Sales and service synergy: Our strong sales capability is matched by a highly capable service and engineering capacity in underwater technology and systems engineering. BlueZone has completed multiple engineering projects for customers to meet tight deadlines and demanding operational conditions.


Steber International


Steber International is a leader in the Marine Industry, not only in the manufacture of Commercial Craft but also for the quality of their Recreational Craft.  Utilizing the finest raw materials, fibreglass components are laminated to the most stringent standards, enhancing both safety and longevity.

Vessels, ranging in size from 10 metres to 20 metres are customized to each client’s specific requirements, whether for recreational use or for commercial work for various occupations such as Charter, Commercial Fishing, Surveillance, Rescue, Customs, Research and Military.

Steber International is customer focused, as it has been for the past 65 years of manufacturing


Mining Equipment

Kings Engineering

Silver Sponsor

WG King & Sons (now known as Kings Engineering) was founded by Percy William George King in 1923 and quickly established a reputation for providing honest and quality engineering service to its customers.

For in excess of 90 years Kings Engineering has assisted the mining, transport, power, electrical, aluminium, agriculture, construction, rail, manufacturing and food processing industries. If it is made of metal or has moving parts, we can probably help. Our business success is underpinned by a strong commitment to Work Health & Safety, Quality and of course, our customers. We operate a comprehensive safety system, in line with the requirements of AS/NZS 4801 which forms part of our Integrated Business Management System and means that both safety and quality are completely assured. Our system is fully certified to AS/NZS ISO 9001.

While we are determined to maintain the high standard of business ethics established many years ago, we also understand the need to be responsive to changing times and changing customer requirements. So – we work hard on continual improvement to develop new and flexible methods of enhancing our product delivery. Just like our founders, we want to ensure that our very experienced workforce continues to develop and grow into the future. With this in mind we have programs in place to train new apprentices on an ongoing basis and, to ensure comprehensive training for our workforce in general. Kings Engineering is still a family owned Australian company, being part of The Bloomfield Group.


TW Woods


TW Woods have been providing innovative engineering services to the manufacturing, mining and heavy industry sectors across Australia and internationally for over 50 years, with 3 generations of the family involved in all aspects of the business.
TW Woods specialise in performing large, small and complex tasks, providing the ultimate in cost-efficiency and precision to our clients with:

  • Precision Fabrication,
  • Plasma Profiling,
  • Rolling and Pressing
  • Abrasive Blasting
  • Industrial Painting
  • Specialist Engineering and Materials.

As a company we are enjoying the results of multi-million dollar investments. We are the proud owners of a 1200m factory, housing state-of-the-art painting, blasting and plasma cutting facilities.  
In addition to our long-established expertise in the Mining and Energy sectors to manufacture or refurbish and deliver chutes, bins, tanks and loaders we have also become a valued steel fabrication supplier to the Water Treatment, Marine and Materials Handling industries.
TW Woods Capability and Versatility is Applied With Pride & Integrity.


Quarry Mining


Quarry Mining has been providing a wide range of quality products, service and support to the construction and mining industry for 30 years. We are committed to delivering ongoing solutions including on-site support, product trialling and procedures training.


Reliance Hexham


Reliance Hexham have a long history of knowledge and experience that has been inherited and integrated into the modern and progressive company they are today. They pride themselves on being a risk mitigation solution provider. Specialising in the design, manufacture, overhaul, and testing of equipment/machinery for use in a range of industries, including the mining and aluminium/steel processing, they offer a complete engineering solution.

Supported by a quality management system, certified to ISO 9001:2015, and NATA laboratory accreditation to ISO/IEC 17025:2005, the quality and safety of their products is of the highest priority. One of their points of difference is the traceability and documentation provided to the customer, fulfilling due diligence and duty of care requirements, as well as peace of mind for the customer that their equipment is fit for purpose.

Offering a wide range of services, from forging, heat treatment and profile cutting to destructive/non-destructive testing and NATA certification, their team of in house mechanical engineers can also provide a range of design services and can manage a project from the design to commissioning. Determining design responsibility is the first step, clarifying this from the beginning ensure all parties are clear on their obligations and duty of care.


Hedweld Group


Hedweld’s metal processing plant at Mt Thorley, houses some of the world’s most technologically advanced machinery to improve metal processing and manufacturing efficiencies, quality and cost.
Hedweld specialise in:

  • Manufactured solutions to complex problems with the ability to make an idea a reality. From inhouse drafting, to machining and general fabrication, blast and paint through to delivery.
  • High volume material processing utilising CNC machining, laser and plasma cutting of sheet metal, plate and structural sections. Providing reduced production lead times, consistent manufacturing quality and on time delivery.
  • High and low volume manufacturing quantities, including prototype and research & development requirements.


J&S Engineering


J & S Engineering & Maintenance is a privately owned company operating out of Maitland in the Hunter Valley, NSW, Australia. We value our people and the many long-term customer relationships we have built over the past 30 years.

Our areas of specialty are:

  • Supply and reclamation of a full range of Drill Consumables for Blasthole Drills
  • Complete Rebuild service for Under Carriage Components for Heavy Earthmoving and Mining Equipment
  • Overhauling Heavy Industrial Components and Mining Equipment
  • Extensive CNC/Manual Machine shop
  • Major Fabricating Weld Reclamation Facility, Machinery and Stress Relieving Oven
  • Blasting Services


Custom Fluid Power


Custom Fluidpower is the largest independent hydraulic, pneumatic, electronic, and instrumentation solution providers in Australia and is a part of the international enterprise, Helios Technologies. 

With eight branches throughout Australia and staffed with over 180 personnel and staff our team is proudly customer focused, which means our emphasis is not solely placed on components and parts sales, but on delivering end-to-end support for engineered innovative hydraulic solutions


Nivek Equipment


Nivek Industries  – Designing and manufacturing Innovative safety and efficiency for the mining and earthmoving maintenance industries.



University of Newcastle

Silver Sponsor

Where knowledge is created and shared.

Built on the principles of equity, excellence and engagement, the University of Newcastle has a reputation as a world-class institution making an impact within its own region, throughout Australia and across the globe.

Our research is world-class and diverse. Our degree programs are internationally recognised and our partnerships and collaborations drive innovation. Our alumni are leaders and our students are preparing to make a difference in the world.

We are ranked in the top three per cent of universities world-wide and we have only just turned 50.


Training Services NSW

Gold Sponsor

Training Services NSW in the NSW Department of Industry is responsible for government-funded vocational education and training (VET) in NSW.

The NSW Department of Industry leads strategic policy, planning, funding, regulation and advice on VET to support economic, regional and community development.

Training Services NSW is responsible for the implementation of funded programs, including Smart and Skilled, apprenticeships and traineeships and adult and community education. It undertakes contract management of approved Smart and Skilled training providers and implements quality assurance and performance monitoring to achieve the best possible outcomes for students.


Core Electronics


Core Electronics is powered by a team of makers in the heart of Newcastle. They hold free community workshops and have a vast range of freely available educational online resources. On top of that, they have an online store where you can shop for the most creative and new maker favourites.




TAFE NSW is the leading provider of vocational education and training in Australia. We aim to provide high quality, personalised vocational education and training to build prosperity, sustainability and innovation throughout New South Wales.  We’re passionate about helping you build skills, create success and become inspired to achieve a better future.


Youth Express


Youth Express is a register DGR charity and not for profit that have supported youth engage in education, community and employment across the Hunter for over 23 years.  We work to connect youth, education providers, business/industry, and Government agencies to help build a better future for our community. Programs include:

  • Work Placements- for ICF Vocational Education and Training (VET) subjects
  • Indigenous Advancement Strategy (IAS)- supporting Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander students engage in education
  • Vocational Training and Employment (VTEC)- KauKan program supporting Aboriginal employment and mentoring
  • Links to Learning- supporting youth at risk of disengaging from school re-engage in education through a holistic 32 week program
  • School Support Services- including Work Inspirations, Career Quests, Work Preparation, Life Skills and Validate Me Mentoring
  • Moving On- customised 1-1 support for transitioning youth successfully from school to work or continued education
  • STEM Shack- supporting the promotion of Science, Technology, Engineering, Art and Math educational and career pathways through fun and engaging activities using VR, Drones and Robotics


Engineers Australia


Engineers Australia is the largest and most diverse body of engineers in Australia. As Australia’s principal engineering association we serve and represent around 100,000 professionals at every level, across all fields of practice. We are committed to advancing engineering and the professional development of our members. Engineers Australia is the trusted voice of the profession. We are the global home for engineering professionals renowned as leaders in shaping a sustainable world.




NSW ITABs (Industry Training Advisory Bodies) are independent organisations that have a variety of structures. Some are independent NSW bodies while others are a part of national Skills Councils. 

The focus of all ITABs is workforce development and the Vocational Education and Training (VET) sector. The promotion of training, the implementation of training packages and encouragement of traineeships and apprenticeships are core responsibilities of every ITAB. 


RDA Hunter


RDA Hunter’s ME Program links industry with schools to develop a workforce for the future. It aims to make curriculum more interesting and workplace-relevant leading to a pool of  job-ready, qualified and motivated workers.

The Program raises students’ awareness of career opportunities in Defence and defence industry whilst increasing the number of students studying STEM subjects in partner schools in the Hunter region.

The ME Program equips students with the skills and knowledge that will prepare them for 21st century STEM careers.


SLAM Education


SLAM Australia, trading as SLAM Education, is a Newcastle Start-up founded in April, 2017 to provide after school and vacation activities that will allow today’s kids to grow and thrive in this new and exciting world where collaboration, creativity, design thinking and use of technology will be fundamental to reaching their full potential.

Our target age range is nominally kids who are between 8-14 years old (Late Primary/Early Secondary or Stages 3 and 4 in the education system) but younger kids are welcome following discussion with their Parents/Guardians. There will be no more than 20 kids per Facilitator.

SLAM Programmes will be managed by qualified teachers skilled in project based learning techniques.

We will also be providing professional learning and ongoing support to teachers as they adjust to the changes in STEM curricula and teaching methods being brought in nationally.

Communities must be involved in helping their kids gain the education necessary to make the transition to a technology based and information driven economy. SLAM Education will therefore work through schools and their P&C’s in the delivery of their services.


Obelisk Systems


Obelisk Systems is an Australian STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics) education company, focused on bringing our cutting-edge space and CubeSat technology into the classroom. Over the last three years, Obelisk has worked with Hunter Valley schools to develop the StarLAB platform, a combination of hardware, software and an interactive online learning experience designed for educating and skilling the next generation of Australians. In partnership with RDA Hunter and Newcastle City Council, Obelisk has brought the world-class StarLAB platform to the primary school sector, providing a comprehensive learning experience from primary to tertiary education.

The StarLAB platform is a project-based learning system designed by teachers and engineers to give students 21st-century skills and a fundamental understanding of all the pillars of STEM.

Obelisk provides teacher development to support them for incoming STEM curriculums with a NESA approved Professional Development workshop. As well as continual support from a local organisation that understands what Teachers need.


St Phillips Christian College


St. Philip’s Christian College will continue to provide quality education in a caring, secure and challenging learning environment based on Christian beliefs, values and practice


Cessnock Academy of STEM Excellence


The Cessnock Academy of STEM Excellence (CASE) is a collaboration between a group of local schools, business and government, all dedicated to future focused learning outcomes for students.

Cessnock Academy of STEM Excellence (CASE) is an initiative of the Cessnock High School Learning Community which includes; Cessnock High, Abermain, Cessnock, Cessnock East, Kearsley & Kitchener Public Schools.


Mt View High School


Mount View High School is a comprehensive coeducational community school that has high expectations of students consistent with each student’s ability and the belief that all students can achieve their personal best.


Glendore Public School


Glendore Public School is a primary school dedicated to providing skills and knowledge that will equip students to succeed and thrive in a diverse and connected world. Nestled between Fletcher and Maryland, It is a growing school with a growing community. School programs are dynamic and prepare today’s students for tomorrow’s world.

Students are taught critical and creative thinking skills from Kindergarten. A variety of coding and programming exercises allow students to access robotics in real time every day. As new technological tools are invented, our students are learning how to use them in the classroom. Science and Technology and Mathematics have become the inspiration for new learning and exciting innovative ideas.


Glendale Technical High School




Hunter River High School


Hunter River High School is a comprehensive, co-educational secondary school with an enrolment of approximately 800 students, 20% of whom identify as Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander.  Our school is located on Worimi land, close to the Hunter River at Heatherbrae, south of Raymond Terrace.  ‘Quality Relationships – Quality Learning’ is the motto that underpins our community’s belief that quality educational outcomes are achieved when all partners in the educational process work collaboratively in a supportive, harmonious environment.  Through high expectations and embedded Positive Behaviour for Learning (PBL) values of Harmony, Respect, Honesty and Success, the school provides a learning environment that aims to give each student the opportunity to reach their highest potential.

Hunter River High School offers an innovative curriculum that includes a full academic load plus significant programs, including a wide range of nationally accredited Vocational Education and Training (VET) opportunities.  Hunter River High School is a P-TECH (Pathways in Technology) Pilot school, a leader in STEM education initiatives and provides extensive programs enhancing Aboriginal education, Literacy and Numeracy outcomes.


Smart City

The City of Newcastle

Gold Sponsor

Newcastle is the economic hub of the Hunter Region, accounting for approximately 30% of the Hunter’s developed industrial space and 80% of the office space. While Newcastle’s industrial sector continues to play an important role, Newcastle is no longer a ‘steel city’. A substantial and growing portion of Newcastle’s economy is now based around the service sectors.

The Port of Newcastle is Australia’s largest coal export port by volume and a growing multi-purpose cargo hub. In the 2012/13 financial year it handled 150 million tonnes of bulk cargo, worth $19 Billion. The port precinct hosts a range of ship repair and other port related services on an area of over 700 hectares.


Lake Macquarie Council


Council serves a population of about 200,000 people and contributes to the enhancement of a unique coastal, lake and bush environment.

Our vision is to achieve a balance between the environment and development of the City. We encourage community spirit and participation in a broad range of sport, recreation and community activities, through the range of Council’s services and facilities. The economic prosperity of the City, development of cultural diversity and protection of the City’s heritage are also on our list of priorities.


TULIP (Technology for Urban Liveability Program)


TULIP (Technology for Urban Liveability Program) is the University for Technology Sydney’s premier smart city initiative. We collaborate with communities, councils and the tech industry to explore the frontiers of IoT technologies in the public realm through nuts and bolts on-the-ground projects. We are passionate about using tech to create significant social and environmental impacts that help build liveable, sustainable and equitable cities for everyone.

TULIP has teamed up with Lake Macquarie City Council to deploy a new LoRaWAN network in Charlestown and Speers Point and we are n the process of rolling out a range of ‘living labs’ that include environmental monitoring and people counting. We believe that smart cities must be grounded n smart citizens! The LoRaWAN network is open for everyone to use for free and we’re excited to be working with local makers and IoT pioneers to start exploring what this versatile new resource can do for the wider community. 


Start Ups



Eighteen04 is a curated collaborative working space for technology startups in Newcastle and builds on regional strengths to launch scalable technology startups into a global market. The mission of Eighteen04 Inc. is to support early stage startups seeking to transform our energy economy, environment and build smart and sustainable cities. Smart cities is about enabling data to inform, guide and revitalise the way urban systems add to human development and includes energy, transport, health, access to markets, public services, and governance. 


The Business Centre


The Business Centre is a not-for-profit organisation empowering people through their business. With more than 30 years of operating in the Hunter, Central Coast and Mid Coast, it has assisted more than 25,000 businesses. Offering both Government subsidised and full fee services, the Business Centre delivers Education, Mentoring and Acceleration programs.

A provider of Business Connect and Smart and Skilled – the Business Centre works with its clients at every stage of their journey. If you are just starting out or looking to grow globally, we work with you at the pace you need to achieve your goals. Unlock 97% NSW Government subsidised services at each stage of your business journey.


Optim Controls


Optim Controls is a Newcastle-based startup with focus on increasing efficiency in commercial buildings and production sites. We genuinely believe that less is more and our focus is on making automation simple and accessible in these industries. Combining over 20 years of experience in engineering, manufacturing, energy efficiency and management consulting, we work with businesses helping them to improve operations via automation, data gathering and analysis.

We have developed a new technology to reduce cost of automation.