A competition to find Australia’s most exciting new technology has uncovered some exciting new products applicable to the architecture, engineering and construction sector.

The Australian Technologies Competition (ATC) has shortlisted thirty-eight Australian tech companies for the ATC16 Business Accelerator program which finds, mentors and attempts to develop Australia's best new tech outfits into globally successful companies.

2016 is the competition’s sixth year and among the 146 entries were new technology solutions for food, agriculture, mining, medicine and cyber security as well as new technologies that could affect city and building design. Of those entries, 38 have been shortlisted as ‘semi-finalists’ and will have the chance to pitch to the industry through an investor speed dating initiative set up by the ATC.

Winners of the competition will be announced at a gala awards dinner in Sydney on 2 November.

Here’s a list of tech companies building designers should watch out for in the future:


Airtopia is an air conditioning controller that integrates seamlessly with any IR (infra-red) controlled split systems allowing Building Management Systems to fully mimic the original remote control and transforming the process of air conditioning automation.

Axis Energy Group

Axis Energy Group offer vertical axis wind turbines that are particularly suited to the low and turbulent flows encountered in urban environments and feature novel slanting blades that enhance its start-up capabilities, minimise vibrations levels and eliminate power fluctuation.

Energy Made Clean

Energy Made Clean's Solar Construction offers integrated solutions to complex energy challenges including off grid power, utility and commercial scale solar, water pumping systems and lithium battery storage system


Greenland Systems

Greenland Systems' Evacuated Tube Solar Thermal collector is capable of efficiently raising the temperature of a Heat Transfer Fluid to 200C for direct applications for industry.


Independent Products

Independent Products' uses the waste-water created by air conditioners to improve energy efficiency by up to 40% and can be retrofitted to most of the world’s split system air conditioning and refrigeration units.



Wattwatchers has developed the ultra-compact Auditor series of internet appliances for energy that deliver accurate, real-time energy management over the internet independently of regulated billing meters and equipment manufacturers’ monitoring systems.