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TechXpo Pitchfest winner 2019

June 26, 2019

Four tech start-ups recently took part in RCSA’s first TechXpo Pitchfest. Start-up companies with new solutions for the recruitment space had five minutes to pitch their concept to the packed room in the hope of being named the best new solution at the RCSA TechXpo and scoring a spot at this year’s RCSA conference. Attendees voted on the day and Raj Soni, founder of smartAI, was named the winner at the Australian awards. The Brief sat down with Raj recently to learn about his winning platform.


What prompted you to develop smartAI and why?


After a number of years of working in the recruitment industry and more specifically while providing HR Technology solutions, it was obvious that there were three glaring problems

  • The experience for both candidates and recruiters was poor and getting worse.

  • Friction created while exchanging information between parties during the recruitment process was excessive and the increase in HR platforms used only exacerbated this.

  • The vast majority of manual admin tasks performed during volume recruitment needed to be automated.

In addition to this, I could see the convergence of three key technical factors that became the kernel for our smartAI platform, what we like to call the three A’s – AI, Automation and APIs

  • Conversational AI really started to hit its straps with Natural Language Understanding (NLU) and Machine Learning

  • Automation and the adoption of RPA frameworks

  • Deep API integrations combined with the proliferation of SaaS HR platforms


Tell us a bit about you, what is your background?


  • Migrated to Australia in 1999 from India

  • Masters in IT from Monash University

  • Worked with FastTrack, a recruitment end-to-end solution provider for over 17 years and developed tech for every aspect of recruitment (front and back office).

  • Left FastTrack about three years ago and started my own consulting business building tech for the HR and recruitment industry.

  • With the emergence of AI, I saw an opportunity that would allow us to build a platform that would solve lot of problems that I had seen over the period

  • smartAI was born