Leading thinkers will gather in Newcastle next month for a multi-faceted forum looking at the Hunter region’s role in the global innovation race.
The 2014 Hunter Innovation Forum is a series of events for industry, experts and the broader community to consider the latest innovation trends and how the Hunter region can best benefit from embracing new ways of thinking.
Hunter Innovation Forum Chair John Coyle said innovation is vital to address the many challenges faced by Australian industry in today’s era of global competition.
“Productivity across all industries must be improved to compete globally and the best way to achieve this is through innovation,” John said.
“Not only is innovation the key to business success, creating jobs and wealth for future generations, it makes for more vibrant and creative cities.”
Forum events include a range of free industry symposiums and some outstanding fee-based partner events.
FREE INDUSTRY SYMPOSIUMS
- Resourceful Innovation
Thursday, 15 May 2014 | Newcastle City Hall
Sessions cover solutions to contemporary challenges in the Hunter’s traditional industry strengths of mining, manufacturing and energy. The region is transforming and the change is being driven by smart SMEs, by big research projects and by the region’s skill development and commercialisation programs.
This afternoon is an opportunity to catch up on where we are and why our big industries will continue to adapt and drive our region’s economy.
- Working Innovation
Friday, 16 May 2014 | Newcastle City Hall
Sessions cover a broad range of industry sectors including creative industries, health, retail, transport, construction, and education and training. Areas of focus include disruptive innovation, traditional and emerging industries, health, crowd-sourcing and urban revitalisation.
- Living Innovation
Saturday, 17 May 2014 | NBN Television Studios
Be in the studio audience as it is discussed how living innovation in the 21st century will enable and empower change and progress. The keynote speaker will step into the creative industry space and consider what the future may hold.
- Partner events include The Australian Internet of Things conference, an Innovation Excellence Diagnostics Workshop, the BRW Most Innovative Companies breakfast and the Hunter Defence Conference. Partner events may attract a fee.
More details and registration information for partner events can be found at the Hunter Innovation Forum website.
The Hunter Innovation Festival was born from the rib of the Australian Innovation Festival that started in 2002. This festival was built on the foundations of the four Cs – creativity, connections, collaboration, and commercialisation.
For HIF that started in 2007, the same foundations remain fundamental to embracing an innovative culture and it showcases these concepts through the annual event.
It aims is to contribute to fostering even greater connections and opportunities for startups, scaleups, businesses and organisations that realise that innovation is a priority in workplace practices.