Hunter Innovation Festival showcases solutions to the world’s biggest problems

This article first appeared in Australia Post US Zero.

Never before have we needed to leverage more innovation and collaboration to create hope and provide solutions to the big issues affecting our planet.

The Hunter Innovation Festival is back in 2022, hosting a day-long event on Wednesday 12 October at Newcastle Town Hall. It is the largest event connecting industry, innovators and start-ups to grow the Hunter economy. Image: Provided

The Hunter Innovation Festival, organized by Hunter iF, is taking place on Wednesday 12 October at Newcastle Town Hall with the theme “Connecting the Innovation Ecosystem”.

The festival celebrates its 20th anniversary with a day-long program featuring 10 high profile speakers, eight panel discussions, 28 displays from local innovative companies and a showcase at Wheeler Place featuring some of the most impressive battery vehicle technologies and more modern in the region. to offer.

Based on a survey of the innovation ecosystem earlier in 2022, the festival covers topics as broad as medical technology, investment and financing, talent attraction and retention, diversity and inclusion, the transition to renewable energy and sovereign manufacturing.

In the context of the global pandemic and increasingly alarming fluctuations in weather patterns, never before have we needed to leverage more innovation and collaboration to create hope and provide solutions to major issues affecting our planet. And if the energy, commitment and collaboration that drove the organization of the Hunter Innovation Festival are any indicator, we have plenty of reason to live in hope.

With keynote speeches from Heidi Lee, CEO of internationally acclaimed think tank Beyond Zero Emissions, Gus Balbontin, ex-CEO and CTO of Lonely Planet, Mariane Power, CEO of Posify Group and Dr Paul Dastoor, Director from the Center for Organic Electronics at Newcastle University, there’s more expertise available in one place in a day than you’re likely to access in a year.

The Hunter Innovation Festival also includes a curated showcase of exhibitors from across the region, including start-ups, scale-ups, investors, innovators, incubators and accelerators.

Local innovators and well-known scale-ups such as MGA Thermal, 3ME Technology and SwitchDin will be present, as well as established operations like Ampcontrol, 4Tel, Robotic Systems and Leading Edge Data Centers.

The showcase will provide the opportunity to speak directly with founders, investors and big thinkers, potentially creating the spark of inspiration that will lead to our next innovation success story.

The Hunter Innovation Festival is an event hosted, managed and organized by Hunter iF, an organization whose mission is to harness the immense potential of the Hunter region to help create a more innovative future and make the region a center thriving innovation company of international renown that has successfully transitioned to a knowledge-based economy.

This festival fulfills an important part of the mission, although there is still a lot of work to be done.

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