Program

Welcome to the 2022 festival program!

We have a fantastic line up of speakers and panellists from government and industry with topics ranging from attracting and retaining talent to transitioning to renewable energy and using technology and innovation to solve global and local issues. Stay tuned to our social media accounts for ongoing speaker announcements.

Speakers

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Registration

8:00 am
9:00 am
All Attendees

Conference Welcome

9:00 am
9:05 am
Alex Brennan – Festival Chairperson

Acknowledgement of Country

9:05 am
9:15 am
Bradley Twynham

Official Welcome

9:15 am
9:25 am
Councillor Declan Clausen

What does the future look like?

9:25 am
9:40 am
Keynote Speaker

Future of Regional Innovation

9:40 am
10:15 am
Expert Panel to be Announced
Panel Discussion

Break

10:15 am
10:45 am

Renewable Energy Industrial Precinct, Regional Decarbonization and Manufacturing

10:45 am
11:15 am
Heidi Lee – CEO of Beyond Zero Emissions
Keynote Speaker

The state of the Australia and New Zealand Climate Tech Industry

11:15 am
11:45 am
Speaker Details to be Announced
Keynote Speaker

How does a transitioning economy fuel sustainability

11:45 am
12:15 pm
Expert Panel to be Announced
Panel Discussion

Lunch Keynote Speaker

1:15 pm
2:15 pm
Keynote Speaker to be Announced
Keynote Speaker

Lunch Break

12:15 pm
1:15 pm

Why is soveriegn manufacturing important and how is it driving innovation in the Hunter?

1:00 pm
2:45 pm
Expert Panel to be Announced
Panel Discussion, Sovereign manufacturing capability

How the Hunter can compete on an international scale in the war for talent

1:00 pm
2:45 pm
Expert Panel to be Announced
Panel Discussion, Talent acquisition and retention

How to fund future innovators and infrastructure

1:00 pm
2:45 pm
Expert Panel to be Announced
Investment and funding, Panel Discussion

Break

2:45 pm
3:00 pm

What’s Hunter Renewable Energy Zone, and what are the opportunities?

3:15 pm
4:45 pm
Expert Panel to be Announced
Panel Discussion, Renewable energy transition

Designing medical devices for the world

3:15 pm
4:45 pm
Expert Panel to be Announced
Medical technology, Panel Discussion

What is emerging at the edges of technology?

3:15 pm
4:45 pm
Expert Panel to be Announced
Emerging technology, Panel Discussion

Break

4:00 pm
4:15 pm

Outcomes of Conferences

4:30 pm
4:45 pm
Actions delivered by Marianne Power

Final Words

4:45 pm
5:00 pm
Alex Brennan – Festival Chair

Networking

5:00 pm
6:00 pm

Post Conference networking

6:30 pm
9:00 pm
Post Conference networking and food at The Clarendon Hotel