MON 3RD – SUN 9TH SEPTEMBER 2018

The Bendigo Invention and Innovation Festival focuses on regional innovation, technology and startups.  Check out some of the highlights of the 2018 BIIF in the video below!

       

The Festival included a one-day symposium, networking opportunities, a datathon, the Festival of Failure, Bendigo Inventor Awards showcase and announcement of winners and more.  

Growing regional tech, innovation and startup communities is vital to creating regional jobs. BIIF 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 and entrepreneurship. If you’re a regional business owner, tech professional, or community leader, BIIF is for you.

  • Be inspired by stories of how regional entrepreneurs are founding startups, going global, and using technology and innovation to grow their business.
  • Learn from industry experts about Artificial Intelligence, blockchain and getting innovating your business for success.
  • Network with tech and startup professionals from around Victoria and beyond!

BIIF is an initiative of Be.Bendigo and directly supports our strategic aim of supporting local business, our community and economy.  BIIF is also a key event of the Victoria-wide Digital Innovation Festival. 

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Why attend BIIF?

“Business has only two functions – marketing and innovation.”  Milan Kundera

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. 

“Innovation distinguishes between a leader and a follower.”  Steve Jobs

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, BIIF2018 will offer authoritative forecasts, strategies and practices to help transform you and your organisational leadership. BIIF will help you deal with disruption and inspire greater creative thinking and innovative behaviours and cultures. It will unlock the ideas and imagination of your people and inspire your leadership to achieve greater success.

“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

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.

“Innovation can’t just happen within the walls of your own organization.”  Lynne Doughtie

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 and inspire excellence in innovation. The result is an expanded creative understanding and broader worldview.

“Exploration is the engine that drives innovation. Innovation drives economic growth. So let’s all go exploring.”  Edith Widder

 

“Bendigo is a model for other regional Victorian cities considering ways to boost innovation.”

AECOM BRILLIANT CITIES REPORT

Partners

We are thrilled to welcome Bendigo Telco as a Founding Partner BIIF.  

“The utilisation of appropriate technology combined with constant innovation is an essential component in sustaining a prosperous region. Supporting thought-provoking local events such as this will likely foster great outcomes for our region and community”.   

Jarrod Draper, Executive General Manager at Bendigo Telco

The Bendigo Invention and Innovation Festival would not be possible without the valued support of our Partners. It means we can produce a high-quality event that showcases Bendigo as a vibrant, innovative and forward-thinking regional centre. Please support them where you can.  If you would like to become a Partner of the Bendigo Invention and Innovation Festival, please download and read our Partnership Benefits and then contact David Hughes at dhughes@bebendigo.com.au or 0424 360 724.

Partners

We are thrilled to welcome G2 Innovation as a Founding Partner BIIF.  

“At G2 Innovation, we firmly believe that innovation skills need to be democratised and spread across every region and every industry in Australia. Celebrating our shared vision for developing innovation skills, we are delighted to be one of the Bendigo Innovation Festival’s Founding Sponsors and to be playing an important role in inspiring, upskilling and engaging the Bendigo business community through enlightening and practical innovation events.” 

Andrew Jones, Co-Founder and Director, G2 Innovation.

The Bendigo Invention and Innovation Festival would not be possible without the valued support of our Partners. It means we can produce a high-quality event that showcases Bendigo as a vibrant, innovative and forward-thinking regional centre. Please support them where you can.  If you would like to become a Partner of the Bendigo Invention and Innovation Festival, please download and read our Partnership Benefits and then contact David Hughes at dhughes@bebendigo.com.au or 0424 360 724.

“Regional Australia is becoming a major driver of economic output and productivity growth (and) innovation in regions will be crucial to embrace this cultural shift. Innovation will be the major driver of any productivity growth.”

REGIONAL AUSTRALIA INSTITUTE

Get Involved

There are many ways to get involved with the Bendigo Invention and Innovation Festival. If you are interested in becoming a Partner, please download and read our Partnership Benefits and then contact David Hughes at dhughes@bebendigo.com.au or 0424 360 724.

Contribute –
If you are interested in contributing to the festival content (speaker, workshop, etc), please download our Presenter Booking Form and send to David Hughes at dhughes@bebendigo.com.au.

Volunteer –
If you would like to volunteer as a marshal at our symposium on Monday 3rd September and Tuesday 4th September, please email dhughes@bebendigo.com.au advising which day(s) you are able to assist. Volunteers will receive free entry to all symposium events over both days.

Contact

For more information about the Bendigo Invention and Innovation Festival:

David Hughes
Festival Director
E: dhughes@bebendigo.com.au
0424 360 724

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