Hunter region technology businesses recognised for their impact on Australia


Anditi and SwitchDin were both founded in Newcastle and are long-time Eighteen04 residents. Eighteen04 was co-founded by SwitchDin CEO Dr Andrew Mears to help build an ecosystem of companies to transform Australia’s energy system and build smart and sustainable cities.

Under the Eighteen04 roof, both companies have grown steadily and now represent some of the Hunter’s most high-profile and promising tech companies. The ATC’s shortlist of growth companies comprises Australia’s most exciting innovators who are seeking to create a better future. All ATC semi-finalists are invited to participate in the ATC21 accelerator program, which includes mentoring and partnerships to support growth and assist in preparation of their final submissions to the judging panel.

“I’m delighted to continue to see that the innovative start-ups from Eighteen04 are receiving the recognition they deserve for the social and environmental impact they are having at a national level. It demonstrates that our region can build solid tech companies, and it validates the contribution Eighteen04 brings to Australia’s innovation ecosystem,” Rhett Morson, Chair, Eighteen04.

Anditi is a spatial data analytics company working to create more sustainable global communities with spatial data and tech. It works closely with clients such as Newcastle City Council (NCC) and Lake Macquarie City Council, using spatial data for environmental monitoring such as tree coverage, asset identification and assessment, landform and drainage analysis. Anditi uses artificial intelligence and machine learning to construct digital versions of the natural and urban environments. Anditi will be part of Eighteen04’s upcoming Newcastle Smart City Design in Minecraft competition and will make data available to the public through Anditi’s 3D Portal.

“We’re thrilled to be recognised in the Australian Technologies Competition in the Global Social Impact Category. Our recent work for the European Commission and International Road Assessment Programme (iRAP) to automate the road safety assessment process globally is something that will have a tremendous impact on lowering the global death toll on roads in the future. The Sustainable Development goals are something many of the residents at Eighteen04 are passionate about contributing towards, and we’re honoured to be recognised alongside our co-working neighbours SwitchDin,” said Peter Jamieson, Founder of Anditi.

SwitchDin is an energy software company with national and international customers, and is an ATC semi-finalist in the Energy and Smart Cities categories. SwitchDin bridges the gap between energy companies, equipment manufacturers, homes and businesses to ensure solar, batteries and electric vehicles can enable Australia’s smooth transition to a cleaner, more efficient distributed energy system.

“Having Anditi and SwitchDin recognised in this prestigious award, both from the same entrepreneur–led technology incubator here in Newcastle, is testament to the capability for innovation our region can deliver for Australia. Newcastle and the Hunter Region continue to evolve as a renewable energy technology and innovation leader creating sustainable jobs and prosperity” said Dr Andrew Mears, CEO of SwitchDin.

“Australia’s energy systems are being transformed as more and more distributed renewable energy is built by energy companies as well as homes and businesses. The lessons we are learning are globally relevant and the innovative technologies and businesses we create can position Australia as a global export leader in this area. SwitchDin is walking-the-walk as it’s smart software solution is solving some of the big problems both here in Australia and overseas.”

“We are proud that we have been recognised by our national peers and we look forward to advancing our mission to connect and organise the world’s energy assets to accelerate the move to a 100% renewable energy economy.”