Tech Den is the HR Tech Summit’s flagship program – celebrating excellence in HR start-ups and entrepreneurship across Australia.

Vying for the ultimate prize, a $20k marketing campaign in HRD Australia publications, hundreds of HR Tech start-ups will be whittled down to just a few finalists.

Five lucky finalists pitched their solutions to a panel of judges and investors with PredictiveHire coming out on top.

Congratulations to the winner and all finalists.

Tech Den will be back again in 2019



PredictiveHire is a team of data scientists, AI experts, psychologists and recruitment industry veterans on a mission to improve applicant assessment. People decisions should be based on data and analytics – not gut feeling - levelling the candidate playing field and reducing unconscious biases in the hiring process.

Company contact info:

PredictiveHire Pty Ltd

15 Newton St Cremorne VIC 3121

1300 983 405


Crewmojo helps HR Leaders to implement a performance management process that doesn’t suck!

Our software makes it easy to align and grow your employees, and truly help them succeed. You'll make your employees happier, retain them longer and build performance faster.


Company contact details:

Mark Lewis (CEO & Co-founder) 

0417 955 552



GradSift is a machine learning platform, solving the world-wide employer dilemma of how to  screen high volume graduate applications efficiently, effectively and fairly. Our vision is a global graduate marketplace, enabling employers to identify and reach out to “strong fit” candidates, with students discovering employers they had never considered.

Company Contact Details:

Peter Pychtin, Founder & Director

(61 2) 8188 2516

0417 229 152


Using secure cloud-based technology, Referoo’s mission is to improve the referencing experience for the candidate, the referee, the consultant and the HR industry.

A low cost, widely adopted, high-tech solution used to partially or fully automate the reference collection process, Referoo is set up in minutes and saves your team hours.

Company Contact details:



Voop.Global is a tool that analyses people's values and behaviours at work, to create a dashboard of company culture. Setting us apart, we use AI to scan internal communication data your organisation already owns, rather than relying on surveys. We present early warning signs of a company culture at risk.


Company contact details:

Kristin O'Brien



Philip Argy

Principal and Chief Executive

Philip Argy

Principal & Chief Executive

Philip Argy, is an experienced commercial mediator and arbitrator, having successfully resolved thousands of disputes, many of them highly complex involving tens of millions of dollars. He specialises in intellectual property, science, technology, consumer, franchising and competition issues and has an Australian Government Negative Vetting 2 security clearance enabling him to assist in cases involving classified information. He has been a computer buff for over 41 years as well as being an experienced programmer. Philip left Mallesons Stephen Jaques (now called King & Wood Mallesons) at the end of 2007 after being with the firm for almost 32 years (24 of them as a partner). He established primarily to evangelise and implement dispute resolution and avoidance strategies in the IT sector, applying the  ADRoIT Principles, jointly promoted by the Australian Computer SocietyIAMA, and the Project Management Institute. He is a director and founder of the Technology Dispute Centre and a Consulting Principal at Keypoint Law - an innovative model in legal service delivery.

Glenn Butcher

Investor and Consultant, Interim Head of People and Culture at Prospa

The Growth Execs

Glenn Butcher

Investor and Consultant, Interim Head of People and Culture at Prospa

The Growth Execs

Glenn is a technology company builder with 25 years experience in senior management at Amazon, Atlassian, and diverse technology startups. He is currently an investor and interim head of people and culture at Prospa who lives in Sydney with his wife, two young children, and occasional pile of foster kittens.

Sam McLennan


Unique Mentors

Sam McLennan


Unique Mentors

Sam is a founder of ‘Unique Mentors’ and has completed his own entrepreneurial journey having started, grown and exited his own business. His business knowledge and experience is broad after working with a wide range of businesses throughout the globe for over 25 years.

Danielle Neale

Entrepreneur in Residence, Faculty of Engineering


Danielle Neale

Entrepreneur in Residence


Danielle has been starting, leading and advising successful businesses and innovative programs for over 20 years. Her entrepreneurial and innovation experience ranges from startup founder to coach, mentor, consultant, advisor, advocate and board member. She has represented Australia at the G20 Summit, been a Finalist for Women in Technology’s Entrepreneur of the Year, championed the iAwards Young Innovator as the Chief Judge and led innovative, state government initiatives. 

In her current role as Entrepreneur in Residence at UNSW Engineering, she represents the university in the Innovation Central Sydney Alliance and the UNSW Techconnect program which is funded by the NSW Department of Industry's $18M, "Boosting Business Innovation Program". She also supports staff and students to develop commercial ventures and knowledge exchange opportunities and led the 2017 pilot program for UNSW The Maker Games which recently won the Australian Financial Review's Innovation in Higher Education, Industry Engagement Award. 


4:35 PM – Crewmojo – Mark Lewis, CEO and Co-founder, Crewmojo and Joel Duckworth, CTO & Co-founder, Crewmojo

4:40 PM – Predictive Hire – Barbara Hyman, CEO, Predictive Hire

4:45 PM – GradSift – Peter Pychtin, Founder, GradSift

4:50 PM – Voop.Global – Kristin O’Brien, Founder, Voop.Global

4:55 PM – Referoo – Neil Rose, CEO and Co-founder, Referoo and Chris Hunter, Co-founder, Referoo