Disruptive Innovation Works, The University of Newcastle, Australia

Disruptive Innovation Works

About Disruptive Innovation

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 - presented by Jeff Julian, Director of Creative Innovation - is a practical way to learn from and be inspired by world-class pioneers of our day.


Chris Buck, the Academy Award winning director of the Disney phenomenon – Frozen – delivered two inspirational talks on behalf of the University of Newcastle. As a UON Visiting Fellow, Chris shared the experiences of his stellar 40-year career as an animator, screenwriter and director where he has worked on many animated classics including Tarzan, Surf's Up, Pocahontas, The Little Mermaid and Who Framed Roger Rabbit?

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No Regrets – Civic Theatre, Newcastle – Wednesday, 22 April 2015

Watch Chris Buck's inspiration No Regrets talk at the Civic Theatre below.

Chris Buck - No Regrets highlights [2:22 trailer]

Chris Buck - No Regrets [14:06]


Watch Yak Media's video of Chris's The Art of Story Masterclass with Jeff Julian, Director of Creative Innovation at University of Newcastle. [14:35]


Chris Buck visits Newcastle for Disruptive Innovation Works, April 2015.

ABC One Plus One

One Plus One is ABC TV's weekly long-form interview show. Host Jane Hutcheon sat down with Chris in Fort Scratchley in Newcastle to talk about Chris's work, life and what makes him tick. Chris Buck's One Plus One interview.

View past Disruptive Innovation Works lectures 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.

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.