The festival grew out of the Bendigo Inventor Awards which is still a highlight event of the festival. It was created to showcase regional entrepreneurs, help build a community around innovation and technology in regional areas, and connect regional business owners to national and global thought leaders in innovation, entrepreneurship and future tech. BIIF is an initiative of Be.Bendigo and directly supports its purpose of ‘supporting Greater Bendigo businesses to be prosperous, sustainable and innovative’. It is also a key event of the Victoria-wide Digital Innovation Festival.
We are here for
executives + entrepreneurs // inventors + innovators // tech-heads + disruptors // education providers + students // government sector representatives + business councils // small business + co-working spaces // founders + startups.
Sharing a room with like-minded people is the surest way to spark new ideas and rekindle that enthusiasm and inspiration for innovation. While data is great, there’s still no better way to gain valuable insight than to see and hear it in person; sometimes we learn something different than the data would suggest.
“If you look at history, innovation doesn’t come just from giving people incentives; it comes from creating environments where their ideas can connect.” Steven Johnson
BIIF is the premier future-shaping conference for regional Australia for anyone who cares about creativity, innovation, growth and change. The event will transform your thinking, unlock the ideas and imagination of your people, and inspire excellence in innovation. The result is an expanded creative understanding and broader worldview.
“Innovation can’t just happen within the walls of your own organization.” Lynne Doughtie
Uncertainty, volatility and the exponential acceleration of technologies are some of the greatest commercial threats businesses are currently facing. The changes driven by digital technology don’t discriminate. Virtually every business and institution faces competitive threats from new, nimble competitors not hampered by past practice or thinking. Yet, once understood, the threat of disruptive change from outside can be turned to a huge competitive advantage with the opportunities that flow from that understanding.
“Business has only two functions – marketing and innovation.” Milan Kundera
BIIF will provide the tools and strategies to develop a leadership mindset to transform you and your organisation. Bringing together an interactive community to learn techniques and strategies, contemplate future scenarios, collaborate across sectors and gain empowering experiences, BIIF will offer authoritative forecasts, strategies and practices to help transform you and your organisational leadership. BIIF will help you deal with disruption and stimulate greater creative thinking and innovative behaviours and cultures, inspiring your leadership to achieve greater success.
“Innovation distinguishes between a leader and a follower.” Steve Jobs