Simon Hackett

Simon at Base64 3Simon Hackett is an Australian business leader who combines entrepreneurial energy with technical expertise. After building Internode into Australia's largest privately-owned broadband company, Simon sold Internode to iiNet Ltd, Australia’s second-largest provider of DSL broadband services. After serving as a non-executive director on the iiNet board for 18 months, Simon resigned that role in November 2013 to become a non-executive director of NBN Co, the government-owned company building the National Broadband Network. Simon has also invested in a number of innovative Australian start-up technology companies.

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Simon HackettInternode founder and NBNco director Simon Hackett today joined the board of leading Australian battery pioneer RedFlow (ASX:RFX), as a non-executive director.

Simon assumed his new role at the Annual General Meeting of RedFlow (ASX:RFX) which was held in Brisbane. The highly regarded technology investor made an investment of $2.2 million into ASX-listed company RedFlow this May, adding to a portfolio of innovative Australian technology businesses, including AvSoft and UltraServe.

Simon said he was delighted to join the RedFlow board. “RedFlow offers a truly disruptive technology that can contribute strongly to the renewable energy revolution,” he said.

Simon Hackett with his 2014 Charles Todd MedalInternode founder and NBNCo board director Simon Hackett this week collected the Charles Todd Medal for his outstanding contributions to the Australian telecommunications industry.

The Charles Todd Medal is awarded annually by TelSoc (Telecommunications Association Inc.) to acknowledge individuals who have made truly outstanding contributions in different aspects of telecommunications.  Previous recipients including iiNet founder Michael Malone, inaugural NBNCo CEO Mike Quigley and serial telecoms entrepreneur Bevan Slattery.

The Charles Todd Medal is named after Sir Charles Todd (1826-1910), the British-born architect of this country’s national communications system in the 1850s who, in the 1870s, led the construction of the 3000km Overland Telegraph Service, which linked Adelaide and Darwin. This epic construction project provided one of the great advances in communications between England and Australia

This year, the seven-person Selection Panel was unanimous in recommending that the 2014 Charles Todd Medal should be awarded to Simon Hackett.

AvSoft CEO Bevan AndersonThe internationally successful AvPlan software, which lets pilots replace bulky documentation and messy maps with an iPad, is now available in an entry-level version for Android devices.

The flagship AvPlan EFB (Electronic Flight Bag) is an iOS app that dramatically simplifies the process of preparing aircraft flight plans. Thousands of pilots in Australia, New Zealand and the United States already use AvPlan EFB.

Developed by AvSoft during the past nine months, the entry-level Android version, AvPlan Lite, has been tested by pilots in all three countries.

AvSoft CEO Bevan Anderson said Android provided a whole new platform for the AvPlan software. “We’re committed to keeping up the pace on iOS, but recognise many pilots are choosing Android devices,” he said.