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The Challenge is back!
RSVP NOW and be part of the Pitch Night!


This year’s Life Tech Challenge saw a huge amount of innovation come in from all parts of our wonderful region. Our judges now have the hard task of deciding on a shortlist and subsequent finalists to present at the Pitch Night.

Hear from our Finalists and Rising Star winner as they pitch their ideas in front of a live audience and our panel of judges!

See our most talented innovators in action - RSVP before 19 September to secure your spot at our Pitch Night to be held at the TAFEspace, Wodonga!

  • Thursday 27 September 2018
  • 5.30pm for a 6.00pm start
  • TAFEspace, 158 Lawrence Street, Wodonga
  • RSVP by 19 September to secure your place!

Pitch Night Sponsor

Pitch Night Sponsor

We are proud to partner with Wodonga TAFE as the Pitch Night Sponsor for this year's Life Tech Challenge, where we will be hosting our Pitch Night at their TAFEspace.

Learn more about the TAFEspace below!


Pitch Criteria

Submissions will be judged on the CREATIVITY, use of TECHNOLOGY and the IMPACT on people they're trying to help. 

<p>The idea is yours and yours alone... and it will stay that way!</p>

The Idea

The idea is yours and yours alone... and it will stay that way!

<p>The Prize is for you&nbsp;to develop you&nbsp;solution and to make it real.</p>

The Prize

The Prize is for you to develop you solution and to make it real.

<p>We&#39;d really like to see your solution within 12 months of judging.</p>

The Timeframe

We'd really like to see your solution within 12 months of judging.

See our most talented innovators in action!

RSVP NOW to secure your spot.


Key dates to remember


  • Finalists shortlisted 6 September 2018


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Our Judges

Jennifer Weller

Jennifer Weller

Owner, Creativeworkz

Jennifer currently owns and operates Creativeworkz, lectures in business leadership and change management, is Chair of Capri Waters Country Club and Chief Judge for the Albury Wodonga Chamber Awards.

Jennifer was a finalist in the 2007 Telstra Business Women’s Award in The Business Innovation Category and the Victorian Winner of the 2007 Telstra Business Woman of the Year in the corporate sector and was awarded Business Woman of the year 2004 by Business and Professional Women’s International Albury.

Xavier Mardling

Xavier Mardling

Editor, The Border Mail

Xavier has been at The Border Mail for 16 of the past 17 years. After starting as a cadet journalist in 2001, Xavier has progressed through the ranks and held down a number of roles, including sub-editor, chief sports sub-editor, night editor and now editor. 

In October, Xavier will mark two years in charge of his hometown masthead, which has significantly increased its online presence in the past few years as people change the way they consume their news with advances in technology.

Rebecca Litton

Rebecca Litton

Principal Solicitor, Litton Legal

Rebecca is the Principal Solicitor at Litton Legal. She has a breadth of experience working in several different jurisdictions primarily in commerical litigation. Her main areas of practice include commercial agreements, dispute resolution and illectual property law. 

Litton Legal have made strides in the areas of Tech Law and Software Development to meet the needs of established and developing businesses with contemporary ideas.

Stephen Capello

Stephen Capello

CEO, Hume Bank

Stephen is a visionary/transformational Financial Services Leader with over 20 years of experience bringing a unique blend of financial, technical and business management capabilities to lead companies. He began his career in Sydney, Australia (AMP) before holding executive positions in the UK (Banco Santander), Spain and Hungary (Aviva) before returning to Melbourne, Australia (ANZ and BankVic), and most recently taking up the position of CEO at Hume Bank in Albury.

Stephen has a passion to lead businesses with a growth focus and to identify and exploit opportunities to create and protect value. 

Our 2017 Winner

Alex Sweetman and his 'Lift me UP' App

Alex’s innovation the ‘Lift me UP’ mobile app aims to provide mental health resources and support to those in our local region.

“The technology aspect of it is underpinned by a professional counselling model, but what makes it different is that it will use the latest artificial intelligence and machine learning to have an intuitive, personalised experience”, shared Mr Sweetman. 

A $10,000 prize and extensive mentorship with Possumworks, Litton Legal, Creativeworkz and Southern Cross Austereo will assist Alex in the development of the app.  

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