The University of Newcastle, Australia

2017 Hunter Innovation Festival

Tuesday, 11 April 2017

An expanded program of events and workshops at the 2017 Hunter Innovation Festival (17-26 May) is guaranteed to engage and inspire Hunter business, industry and community to act on advances in technology and thinking.

Innovation is essential to sustainability and competitiveness in a global, fast-moving environment. The 2017 Hunter Innovation Festival (HIF) will challenge business, industry and community with the newest ideas in innovation and highlight local success stories. HIF will:

  • bring together all elements of the Hunter innovation ecosystem
  • highlight global trends in innovation
  • showcase innovation happening in the Hunter
  • provide expertise and inspiration to entrepreneurs and enterprises.

The University of Newcastle continues to be a proud supporter of the Hunter Innovation Festival in 2017 and this year we have expanded UON’s festival offering with a number of new activities in addition to the signature ‘Women in Innovation’ event.


THE TRITON WORKBENCH STORY
Former ABC journalist, George Lewin shot to prominence in 1976 at the age of 27 when his Triton workbench featured on ABC TV’s The Inventors program. More than 350,000 Triton Workcentres were sold in the 20 years that George lived and breathed the company before he negotiated the biggest deal of his life to sell the company in 2000. We are delighted to welcome George – a UON Honorary Doctorate – back to Newcastle and to invite you hear from this giant of Australian invention.

When: Tuesday 16 May, 5-7pm

Where: Hunter Room, City Hall
Cost: Free

Registration: https://170517-uon-hif-the-triton-story.eventbrite.com


GEAR UP AND RERESH YOUR IP WORKSHOP
Whether you are a start-up or a large enterprise Intellectual Property will always be an essential part of your future success. Gear up and Refresh your IP (GRIP) will give you a valuable overview of IP protection.

When: Thursday 18 May, 8-9am  
Where: Three76 Hub, 376 Hunter St, Newcastle

Cost: Free
Registration: http://bit.ly/2nSstYJ


STARTUP STORIES – RICHARD TRIBE, SKI.COM.AU
Startup Stories is a regular series of talks at Three76 Hub, UON’s coworking space  on Hunter Street in the CBD. Over and informal BYO lunch, a startup founder talks candidly about their experiences as an entrepreneur and business owner – the highs, the lows, the wins, the mistakes, the whole enchilada. Richard Tribe is a seasoned digital producer who has witnessed and participated in the commercial evolution of the internet for almost twenty years, from browser wars to the rise of smartphones and social media. He launched ski.com.au in 1995 from Newcastle and it has been Australia’s number 1 snow sport site ever since; the company was invited by Google to become its inaugural Australian Adsense Partner. Still based in Newcastle, Richard continues to give back to the startup community today through mentoring young founders.

When: Thursday 18 May, 1-2pm  
Where: Three76 Hub, 376 Hunter St, Newcastle
Cost: Free, BYO lunch

Free Registration: http://bit.ly/2ogfmUF


FABRICATE MAKER LAB
Ever wanted to see 3D printers, laser cutters and 3D scanners in action? The pop-up Fabricate Maker Lab is your chance to better understand the world of digital fabrication and the impact these amazing machines have on everyday lives. The Fabricate Maker Lab will be open to the public, so come on in, meet the machines and the people who operate them. This event is for people of any age and technical experience who are curious about digital fabrication. Newbies are especially welcome.

When: Saturday 20 May, 12-5pm; Tuesday 23 May, 12-4pm; Wednesday 24 May, 12-4pm

Where: Three76 Hub, 376 Hunter St, Newcastle
Cost: Free  
Registration: Not required - just pop-in


WOMEN IN INNOVATION – THE SPONSOR EFFECT
A favourite HIF event, this year’s Women in Innovation panel is designed to provoke debate around whether women with sponsors are more likely to succeed in Australia’s innovation ecosystem. This panel discussion will be hosted by PVC Research and Innovation, Professor Deb Hodgson and feature prominent women from the Hunter region and beyond who are leaders in their areas of expertise including:

  • Dr Sarah Pearson, Pro Vice-Chancellor (Industry Engagement & Innovation), UON
  • Liza Noonan, Executive Manager of Innovation, CSIRO
  • Cheryl Royle, Hunter Entrepreneurship Facilitator and Managing Director, The Finer Line
  • Yolanda Surjan, Senior Lecturer, UON and 'Breakout Female Scientist', CSIRO On Accelerator

When: Monday 22 May, 5-7:30pm  
Where: Crown Plaza, Wharf Rd, Newcastle
Cost: Free  
Registration: http://bit.ly/2oo1NCZ


STARTUP STORIES – JUSTIN HALES, CAMPLIFY
Startup Stories is a regular series of talks at UON’s coworking space Three76 Hub on Hunter Street. Over an informal BYO lunch, a startup founder talks candidly about their experiences as an entrepreneur and business owner – the highs, the lows, the wins, the mistakes, the whole enchilada. Justin Hales is the CEO of Camplify, a peer-to-peer caravan hire service. After participating in a Slingshot accelerator program in 2014 Camplify now counts the NRMA as a financial backer, and is currently expanding into the UK market, right here from its local Newcastle headquarters.

When: Thursday 25 May, 1-2pm  
Where: Three76 Hub, 376 Hunter St, Newcastle
Cost: Free, BYO lunch

Registration: http://bit.ly/2o21hHO


HUNTER ECONOMIC BREAKFAST – SPECIAL INNOVATION FOCUS
For 30 years the Hunter Research Foundation (HRF) Centre’s breakfast series has delivered insights for the regional economy. As part of the HIF the 26 May event will feature a special focus on innovation. Unique insights will be provided by: an inspiring guest speaker; research on business innovation; and a feedback session with local innovators. The breakfast attracts over 250 industry, government and education representatives and our program will include:

  • Dr Sarah Pearson, Pro Vice-Chancellor (Industry Engagement & Innovation), UON
  • Dr Anthea Bill, Lead Economist HRF Centre
  • “Pitch Panel” showcasing local innovators and industry experts

When: Friday 26 May, 7-9am  
Where: Wests Newcastle, King Street Newcastle West
Cost: Tickets from $35
Registration: https://goo.gl/dlkr2O


Three76 Hub is supported by the NSW Government’s Department of Industry as part of the Boosting Business Innovation Program.

Stay tuned for more events as they are confirmed. You can view a full program for the Hunter Innovation Festival and register for events via the Hunter Innovation Festival website.

Contact
  • Siobhan Curran
  • Phone: 4921 6951

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