Australia’s first Innovation Weekend

There’s lot’s of talk about innovation AND lot’s of confusion about what to actually do. That confusion will be demystifed over one weekend where business owners (and some of their team) are partnered up with IT professionals, programmers, designers, business development specialists, under the guidance of innovation specialists. Teams will work on addressing key challenges, developing ideas and opportunities put forward by business owners.

For business owners this is an excellent opportunity to spend one weekend immersed in addressing core issues or key opportunities related to your business/industry, with an innovation team, whilst learning a process for effective innovation.

For programmers, designers, business development professionals and everyone else... this is an opportunity to be part of an innovation team, showcase your talents to leading business owners / leaders in the community and meet other like minded people.

Overview

Your weekend includes

Your weekend includes
  • Pre-event briefing to ensure that businesses have their idea/ problem clearly defned (business owners only)
  • Pitch night Friday night. Key challenges / ideas proposed by the business owners will be anonymously pitched to recruit participants (programmers, designers, etc) to be part of their innovation team to develop that idea over the weekend
  • Short, entertaining, educational sessions on launching ideas, innovation, the Internet of Things, Law/IP protection, accounting and more, will be provided
  • Mentors will be available throughout the weekend to support teams
  • All meals, tea & coffee
  • Drinks Friday and Sunday evening
  • One weekend of intense innovation for business growth and team development
  • Round up of ideas and progress at the end of the weekend with guidance for businesses on next steps

Investment

Business Owner: $99 (Invitation only)

Participant: $79

Student Price: $49

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The Venue

October 21-23 Weekend

Queenslander Room
Level 2
S Block
Cairns Tafe
Gatton Street
Manunda, QLD 4870

Speakers

Warren Entsch - Federal Member for Leichhardt

Warren Entsch

Federal Member for Leichhardt
Speakers

Warren Entsch is a born and bred Far North Queenslander and an experienced, dedicated and effective representative for Leichhardt.

Warren was first elected to Parliament in March 1996. He has held senior roles including Parliamentary Secretary in the portfolios of Industry, Science, Resources and Tourism, and Chief Opposition Whip.

In 2013 Warren was appointed Chair of the Joint Select Committee on Northern Australia. The resulting Pivot North report largely shaped the White Paper on Northern Australia and Warren is now keenly supporting its implementation.

Warren also has a special interest in social issues such mental health, the tuberculosis challenge, medicinal cannabis, the arts, aged care and reducing discrimination for LGBTI Australians.

He is actively involved in the local community, being Patron of a number of organisations, a Rotarian, and an enthusiastic supporter and sponsor of local events and non-profit groups.

Damian Zammit - Cofounder / COO theSPACE Australasia

Damian Zammit

Cairns, QLD
Cofounder / COO theSPACE Australasia
Organizing Team / Speakers

As Cofounder of theSPACE Cairns, theSPACE Australasia, Emerging Entrepreneurs, Innovation Ecosystems, IoT Australasia and a change management consultant & trainer. Damian works with businesses to create and implement change management strategies and plans to maximize employee adoption and minimize resistance. These processes drive faster adoption, higher ultimate utilization and greater proficiency of innovation techniques. As a serial startup entrepreneur, startup & innovation Coach and accredited trainer in Business and Management, Damian delivers nationally recognised programs and tailored training. A dynamic professional with a genuine passion for nurturing new ideas and building winning teams.

Business strategy, hustling, hustling, hustling, market validation, driving projects, distribution, startups

Matt Ritchie - Co-founder & CEO IoT Australasia

Matt Ritchie

Cairns, QLD
Co-founder & CEO IoT Australasia
Speakers

Matthew Ritchie as CEO IoT Australasia has worked in the Electronics, IT and ICT sector for 2 decades. He has been researching and developing IoT solutions for the past 4 years. He is very familiar with security issues and solutions, as he has been providing physical, electronic, surveillance and IT integrated solutions for nearly a decade. He is trusted with the strictest requirements of defence security and ICT systems. Matt has seen how advances in technology produce seemingly insurmountable resistance from existing industries and individuals, and has managed the transitions and championed success. Matt pioneered many IT and Electronic integrations. He has developed several complete IoT solutions which are now commercially adopted. He believes in Open systems and Open platforms, with a focus on decentralised community lead developments. As an early adopter, he has participated in peer to peer worldwide internet development since 1994.

IoT, precision agri, wearables, robotics, big data, drones, autonomous vehicles

Donna Patane - Senior Associate

Donna Patane

Cairns, Australia
Senior Associate
Speakers

Donna Patane is a Senior Associate and a member of the MacDonnells Law state-wide Commercial team practising in intellectual property, commercial and property law. Donna’s practice involves advising clients on a wide range of matters including trade marks and intellectual property, information technology, franchising and management rights matters, residential and commercial conveyancing, business transactions, business structuring, corporate advisory, body corporate law and leasing.

Special Counsel and Registered Trade Marks Attorney

Nathan Finney - Crowe Horwath Principal - Business Advisory

Nathan Finney

Crowe Horwath Principal - Business Advisory
Speakers

Nathan focuses on providing quality advice and service his clients can rely on. Nathan is a Principal of the Cairns office’s business services and taxation division. His focus is providing quality advice and service that his clients can rely on. Clients and experience Nathan has over ten years of experience advising clients ranging from high net worth individuals to SMEs and listed public companies across the construction, utilities, financial services, retail, not for profit, tourism and hospitality industries. Nathan has also spent time in a commercial environment holding senior management positions in both large private and listed public companies. Nathan has the following service specialisations: - Taxation of Partnerships, trusts and companies - Business performance monitoring and analysis - Tax planning and consulting - Financial modelling and analysis - Business management consulting - Business financing - Business acquisitions and disposals Professional background Bachelor of Management, Newcastle University The Institute of Chartered Accountants - Member

Coaches and Mentors

Ben Walker - CTO - theSPACE Australasia

Ben Walker

CTO - theSPACE Australasia
Coaches And Mentors

Ben is a full stack web developer with a passion for design and teaching others to code. He’s the technical lead of Emerging Entrepreneurs, an entrepreneurial course for high schools students and is currently writing his first book on how to build Instagram from scratch using Ruby on Rails.

Roy Wybrow - Practitioner of Disciplined Entrepreneurship for Start-ups: based on lean customer discovery philosophy

Roy Wybrow

Cairns, QLD
Practitioner of Disciplined Entrepreneurship for Start-ups: based on lean customer discovery philosophy
Coaches And Mentors

Roy started his career at Aircraft Research & Development in DSTO Edinburgh SA in the 80’s where he worked on GRU project, F111 Digitalization project, Jindalee Project and later F18 & BlackHawke selection project. In the 90’s Roy was design manager and later project manager in an innovative special purpose machine engineering firm winning 3 beyond 2000 awards. In 1992 while in this company Roy developed and oversaw the introduction of interactive webpages where clients could amend (in real time) projects. This came from intranet project (1991) which saw the design and factory workshop being networked to allow real-time amendments of autocad drawings. Another project in 1993 saw the introduction (working with Westpac) of over-the-net automatic salary & invoice payment & banking system. From here Roy was head hunted by BHP International as a greenfield project manager. This lead to a career in the mid 90’s as a contracted Manager turning around failing businesses to profitability in various countries for various large corporations. This career was cut short due to political unrest and advise to leave which forced Roy back to Australia and landed in Cairns. Upon arriving in Cairns (2001) Roy gained MSCE qualification and worked setting up national ERP systems for a Solution accounting software company as well as an MBA. Upon completing his MBA Roy was asked to develop a statistics program for JCU SOB (Due to physics & Maths qualifications from Flinders university in 80’s). In 2005 Roy developed project management and entrepreneurship subjects that are more applied. In the Entrepreneurship subject students create start-ups to pitch at a Dragons Den format. Both are still running.

Idea-Product Fit, Finding The Beach Head, Developing Product-Market Fit, Producing your MDP, Metrics that Matter, Pitching Proof of concept

Mike Willamson - Commercial Analyst and Innovation Manager at North Queensland Airports

Mike Willamson

Commercial Analyst and Innovation Manager at North Queensland Airports
Coaches And Mentors

Mike is currently the Commercial Analyst and Innovation Manager at Cairns Airport. He has 10 years of experience across the Technology, Telecommunications, Financial Services and Education industries developing innovative products and services including mobile apps, virtual payment cards and mobile money transfer products. Mike started his career with Deloitte Consulting and has since worked with early stage start-ups, high-growth businesses and global brands to create new business opportunities.’

Andrea Jackson - Entrepreneurs’ Program (EP)

Andrea Jackson

Cairns Region
Entrepreneurs’ Program (EP)
Coaches And Mentors

EP provides business advisory services and access to Business Growth Grants for eligible businesses. I’m employed by AiGroup to deliver the Federal Government’s Entrepreneurs’ Program services to businesses in the Cairns Region.

Andrea has enjoyed a diverse business and senior management career. She has owned and operated small businesses, worked as a Project Director with Lend Lease and held economic and business development roles with non-government organisations.

Shopping, cooking and eating it, Love music, reading, camping and just having a laugh with family and friends.

Mario Martini - Innovation Connections Facilitator

Mario Martini

Northern Australia
Innovation Connections Facilitator
Coaches And Mentors

Mario has a been successfully applying innovation in industry for over 3 decades. Typically, in R&D of food, pharmaceuticals, biotechnology, mining and agriculture chemical products and their processes, for the domestic and overseas markets. The economic value created can be estimated in the billions, with many of these products and processes still widely in use. As a senior manager, has led a number of diverse manufacturing operations and commercial activities in Australia and involved in technology transfer to and from the USA and China. Most recently, with the Queensland Manufacturing Institute, facilitated the implementation of Lean principles, practices, processes and technology in SMEs part of the North Queensland supply chain; resulting in over 25 published case studies that include development of a new food industry in FNQ. Mario Martini is with the Ai Group, as the Innovation Connections Facilitator – Northern Australia, Entrepreneur’s Programme, Federal Department of Industry, Innovation and Science.

R&D of food, pharmaceuticals, biotechnology, mining and agriculture chemical products and their processes

Bronson Philippa - Electronics Engineer - JCU

Bronson Philippa

Cairns
Electronics Engineer - JCU
Coaches And Mentors

Bronson is an electronics engineer with a focus on software. He has worked on high performance computing, mathematical modelling, organic electronics, audio signal processing, wireless sensor networks, and others. He is currently the Program Coordinator for the Electronic Systems and Internet of Things Engineering program at James Cook University in Cairns, where he teaches engineering students how to build electronics and develop software.

Petina Tieman - Visionary Thinker

Petina Tieman

Cairns
Visionary Thinker
Coaches And Mentors

Petina is a creative, innovative, resourceful and visionary thinker. As a continuous improvement and change management champion she has the courage to challenge the status quo through the identification and communication of opportunities for strategic business growth across diverse industry sectors and business demographics.

Her reputation as an entrepreneurial business woman with a successful track record of establishing, rebuilding or invigorating new or existing businesses is well known and demonstrable through peer accolades and client satisfaction ratings. She applies a unique consultancy approach using emotional intelligence, empath and strong coaching in synthesis with her business acumen. The output is a highly formation of a highly productive, efficient, inspired and motivated workforce.

Her passion for working with indigenous and small to medium business enterprises on small budgets provides personal and professional satisfaction.

 

As an award winning small business, education, training, and Indigenous engagement specialist, she boasts diverse business and industry experience

Partners

Organizing Team

Troy Haines - Cofounder / CEO theSPACE Australasia

Troy Haines

Cairns, QLD
Cofounder / CEO theSPACE Australasia
Organizing Team

As CEO of theSPACE Australasia, Troy has worked with hundreds of entrepreneurs across Australia to help them commercialise their ideas. Troy coach’s entrepreneurs and innovators through the commercialisation process from idea screening through to growth and exiting. Amongst many awards, he was named Innovation Champion in 2014 by the Minister of Innovation and Premier of QLD. He was also inducted into the QLD Government Innovation Wall of Fame for his work in building the NQ startup & innovation ecosystem. Troy was also the winner of the SEGRA 2105 challenge – “Building startup & Innovation Ecosystems in Regional Australia”. Troy and the team at theSPACE have developed startup & innovation programs which they deliver across a wide audience, from high school students, SME’s to Government (and everyone in between).

Lean startup, marketing validation, idea generation, idea screening, innovation processes, meditation

Damian Zammit - Cofounder / COO theSPACE Australasia

Damian Zammit

Cairns, QLD
Cofounder / COO theSPACE Australasia
Organizing Team / Speakers

As Cofounder of theSPACE Cairns, theSPACE Australasia, Emerging Entrepreneurs, Innovation Ecosystems, IoT Australasia and a change management consultant & trainer. Damian works with businesses to create and implement change management strategies and plans to maximize employee adoption and minimize resistance. These processes drive faster adoption, higher ultimate utilization and greater proficiency of innovation techniques. As a serial startup entrepreneur, startup & innovation Coach and accredited trainer in Business and Management, Damian delivers nationally recognised programs and tailored training. A dynamic professional with a genuine passion for nurturing new ideas and building winning teams.

Business strategy, hustling, hustling, hustling, market validation, driving projects, distribution, startups

Pam McDowell - Member Services Officer theSPACE Australasia

Pam McDowell

Member Services Officer theSPACE Australasia
Organizing Team

Pam is a Process Improvement Consultant specialising in helping sustainable businesses become more successful and profitable by assisting business owners to establish and improve user-friendly processes and measures for their business.

Meditate & Achieve