Sydney Innovation Festival

Sydney Innovation Festival
Date and Time
1:00pm — 5:00pm AEDT
Sustainability, Getting Started, DeepTech, Commercialisation, Founder Life

The Sydney Innovation Festival is an annual event designed for anyone and everyone who's looking for the latest insights into the Sydney innovation ecosystem.

1-2pm: Innovation for Planet Earth 

Lucy Lin, Professor Thomas Maschmeyer, Mike Boyle and Jesse Suskin

What role does innovation play in reaching Australia’s sustainability targets, whether it be pollution, recycling, or emissions? And how can we, as budding innovators, assist?

  • Lucy Lin, Founder of Forestlyn; a consultancy for AI, data and blockchain companies
  • Professor Thomas Maschmeyer, Prime Minister’s Award for Innovation 2020 winner
  • Mike Boyle, Australia and New Zealand Managing Director for HP Inc
  • Jesse Suskin, Head of Government Relations at Google’s Wing

2:15-3:15pm: Your Wellbeing Innovated

Natasha Munasinghe, Nicolas Brown, Danielle Owen Whitford and Adam Spencer

Lockdown restrictions have plagued individuals with countless issues, including isolation, burnout, and loss of connection. So how can we better manage our wellbeing through innovation?

  • Natasha Munasinghe, Director of 
  • Nicolas Brown, Batyr CEO
  • Danielle Owen Whitford, CEO of Pioneer & Genesis Winner 2021
  • Adam Spencer, MC, mathematician and comedian

3:30-4:30pm: It all starts with an idea: learn the art of startup ideation!

Nina Juhl and Alex Carpenter.

How did Afterpay even come up with the idea of Afterpay? Having an idea is the first step of the journey for all startups. In this rapid and interactive workshop learn how you can start generating your own ideas to explore! 

  • Nina Juhl, Community Manager, INCUBATE 
  • Alex Carpenter, Program Manager, Genesis 

3:30-5pm: Thinking commercially about your research

Rupal Ismin, Associate Professor Ali Abbas and Dr Mobin Nomvar.

An introduction to the considerations that research entrepreneurs should have during their research and for after they realise they have an invention. 

  • Rupal Ismin, Director of Sydney Knowledge Hub
  • Associate Professor Ali Abbas, Director of Waste Transformation Research Hub
  • Dr Mobin Nomvar, Co-founder and CEO Scimita Ventures

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