Disruptive Innovation Works

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The University of Newcastle is pleased to present Disruptive Innovation Works, a series of presentations by unconventional thinkers making a practical difference in their chosen fields.

At the University of Newcastle, disruptive innovation is our prevailing attitude. We know that a commitment to nurturing and celebrating unconventional thinking creates new approaches to teaching, learning and research. The Disruptive Innovation Works series is a practical way to learn from and be inspired by world-class pioneers of our day.

For more information about the Disruptive Innovation Works series, contact the Office of Alumni and External Relations on +61 2 4921 7454 or external.relations@newcastle.edu.au

Little big noise: Disruption from the middle of nowhere

Cate McQuillen's public lecture 'Little Big Noise: Disruption from the middle of nowhere' was on 27 March at the Conservatorium of Music. The creator of the multi award-winning TV children's program dirtgirlworld, is mobilising the next generation to get outside and get grubby.

Check out Cate's presentation below.


View February's Disruptive Innovation Works lecture below.

Disruption delivers innovation: Lessons from Hollywood

Hollywood special effects guru Greg Downing showcased the latest in creative imaging and visual effects techniques at the first Disruptive Innovation Works lecture on 17 February 2014.  

Greg is the Founder of xRez Studio in California. He is a pioneer of extreme resolution gigapixel photography and innovator of new technologies such as 3D photogrammetry, laser scanning, terrain modelling and multi-spectral imaging. His photographic work has been displayed in some of the United States' most prestigious museums including the American Museum of Natural History, Cincinnati Art Museum and the Denver Museum of Nature and Science and the Tech Museum. Greg teaches at the Gnomon School for Visual Effects and has published professional training DVDs on photogrammetry and panoramic stitching. 

With many years of experience in the high-end feature film visual effects industry, Greg has worked on a gamut of blockbuster movies including Narnia, Spiderman 3 and I am Legend.