Monday, Sept 3rd

The Bendigo Invention and Innovation Festival will kick off with a full day symposium featuring a program full of local, national and international speakers.  Keep checking back as new speakers are being added all the time!

                                 

 

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KEYNOTE: Innovation and the Race For Relevance - Andrew Jones, Innovation & Design Thinking Specialist, G2 Innovation

The internet didn’t appear out of nowhere, nor did blockchain, AI or robotics. They all stem from Mega Trends that have been around for years, even generations. The opportunity for organisations and entrepreneurs is in identifying these trends early and harnessing them in applications that meet human needs and add value.

Join Andrew Jones, Co-Founder of G2 Innovation as he explores the power of trends and the impact they have on us, our communities and our customers. Learn how to identify trends early and use them as a competitive advantage to innovate in the race for relevance.  

Trends are your window into the future. This keynote will draw back the curtains. 

 

Andrew Jones

At the age of 9, just moments after being given it, Andrew took apart his first remote control car – he wanted to build something even better. At the age of 13, Andrew’s first business was pimping up old BMX’s for his brother’s friends. By 18, there was little doubt his path would involve design and entrepreneurship, and so began a degree in Industrial Design Engineering. 

It was during his first professional role as a Design Engineer at Parker Pen, when he was charged with improving processes on the frontline, that he discovered another passion – that of transformation through innovation.

Ever since, Andrew has focused his career on supporting others to grow, change and thrive through innovation. In 2009 he co-founded G2 Innovation, a Design Thinking and Innovation Firm in the UK, expanding it to Australia in 2014. G2’s mission is “To deliver growth through innovation” and they achieve this through dynamic training workshops, co-design programs and coaching. G2 Innovation work with teams all over the world and are recognised globally as a leading provider of design thinking and innovation training.

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Towards a Smarter Bendigo - Jon Anstey, Executive General Manager, Insight & Innovation at Coliban Water Corporation, Adam Fennessy PSM, Partner at EY, Glenn Pomeroy, Innovation and Transformation at City of Greater Bendigo

smart city is one that uses different types of electronic data collection sensors to supply information which is used to manage assets and resources efficiently. This includes data collected from citizens, devices, and assets that is processed and analysed to monitor and manage traffic and transportation systems, power plants, water supply networks, waste management, law enforcement, information systems, schools, libraries, hospitals, and other community services. The smart city concept integrates ICT and various physical devices connected to an IoT network to optimize the efficiency of city operations and services, and connect to citizens. Smart city technology allows city officials to interact directly with both community and city infrastructure and to monitor what is happening in the city and how the city is evolving.  For Bendigo, the journey has already begun, with a number of local organisations working with the City of Greater Bendigo to form the Smart City Alliance.

    

Jon is a thought leader, connector and entrepreneur.  He has 20+ years global professional experience in finance, innovation, strategy, governance, law and culture, across the government, corporate, professional, for-purpose and academic sectors.  Jon has led interdisciplinary teams in 20+ countries, having studied and worked with the United Nations and Shell for 15 years in Europe and Asia.  He holds two Masters Degrees (law, international relations) and two Graduate Diplomas (law, applied finance and investment).  Jon has board roles in water, environment, health, art and sport, as a Graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors.  He is Executive Member for the Smarter Bendigo Alliance.  Jon is on the Social Impact Task Force, recently established by the Smart Cities Council of Australia New Zealand (SCCANZ).

Adam is a partner in EY’s Advisory Practice, with a focus on government and strategy. He is Oceania lead partner for Future Cities, with practice areas covering infrastructure, environment, planning, regional development and diversity & inclusion. This follows a 20 year career at State and Federal Government level, including over four years at Secretary (CEO) level.  In Government, Adam was Secretary of the Victorian Government’s Department of Environment, Land, Water and Planning (DELWP), from January 2015 to June 2017. Prior to this, he was Secretary of the Department of Environment and Primary Industries, from April 2013 to December 2014.

Glenn is passionate about pursuing innovative and transformational projects that build a stronger and more resilient Bendigo, with a particular interest in how the Internet of Things can deliver efficiencies and an improved quality of life for Bendigonians.

 

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Networked Growth: Regional Entrepreneurship and Social Complexity - Miguel Wood, Co-Founder & CEO at Euler's Bridge

We live in a hyper-connected and complex society. Yet our hierarchical and centralised governance frameworks are largely unchanged for 200 years. They are under tremendous strain and ill-equipped to respond to societal needs during the digital age. How do we remake our communities that enables serendipitous interactions and bottom-up self-organisation?  Advances in network science offer new insights on social structure, structural network capital, and influence patterns for regional innovation and entrepreneurship. We draw upon examples of regional communities that generate an impact on the global stage and lessons for Bendigo in shaping an inclusive and growth  oriented ecosytem.

Miguel Wood is an entrepreneur, strategist, and computational social scientist.  He is the Co-founder & CEO, Euler’s Bridge a platform company bridging communities together with actionable graph insight, harnessing cooperation, diversity and leaders for growth and innovation. He founded Tin Alley beta, the award winning, premier tech internship program in Australia which places top Uni tech talent in high growth companies.  He is a mentor with the La Trobe Regional Accelerator Program, former mentor of the Melbourne Accelerator Program and sat on the Board of Directors of Startup Victoria, the largest tech community in Australia with 12K members. Early in his career he held senior government roles in Australia and the United Kingdom.  Miguel is passionate about tech startups, entrepreneurship, and the internet. He is a firm advocate on the positive role the internet can play in shaping economic and social wellbeing across the Australian community. He is currently undertaking a PhD in social analytics at the University of Melbourne.

 

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Making machines understand human language: Towards Conversational AI - John Ball & Beth Carey Co-founders at Pat Inc

Inventor and Founder of Pat Inc, John Ball, explains the path toward  Conversational AI – the science and engineering behind his model and the relevance to emerging conversation for digital assistants, chatbots, and robots. A new hypothesis about the brain and its approach to language, has led to the development of this approach to Natural Language Understanding (NLU) for a machine. This talk will cover the history of the AI problem for language and explain the uniqueness of this NLU system, and its application for the future natural language interface.

John Ball is a cognitive scientist, focused on machine intelligence and solving the open scientific problem of Natural Language Understanding (NLU). Since he was a Computer Science undergraduate at The University of Sydney, and challenged by one of his Professors who said “Machines will never understand human language” John applied all his attention and Research and Development efforts to the problem. This lead to Patom Theory; the theory of how a brain approaches language, applied to a computer. He now lectures about the scientific model for his meaning based NLU and its advantage over state-of-the-art  NLP technologies.  A deep technology, he explains why getting the science right, is crucial to changing the way we interact with machines and creating real conversation of the future. He is founder and CTO of Pat Inc and is building the platform for natural language interaction to support applications such as chatbots, intelligent assistants, IoT conversation, language learning and text analytics.

Beth’s corporate career has included senior management in IBM and Fujitsu, managing technical teams of 150+ people and facilitation of the world-class IBM Leadership Development program in Asia Pacific.  Beth co-founded the deep tech AI startup, Pat Inc in 2016 and continues to pursue her passion of building teams and communities, this time around the future platform for human-machine interaction.

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Crypto assets and the opportunities for decentralising innovation - James Simpson Analyst, Apollo Capital

Web 3.0 is here.  How is the Web 3.0 economy distinct from old modes of VC fundraising and organisational structure, and how does this enable Bendigo and other regional areas to participate on a more even playing field with tech and economic centres such as Silicon Valley and San Francisco?  This talk will cover the shifting paradigm of Web 3.0, what is means, how to engage, and how to create regulation that is supportive of such an economy.

James has a background at KPMG in their data analytics (tax) and management consulting practices in Australia and China. He has also worked in media-tech and in foreign policy. He is very interested in entrepreneurship having started an event labour businesses while at university. He first became interested in bitcoin in 2011 and began investing in 2014.

 

 

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The Problem with Ideas - Ian Watson, Director at Baker Street Consulting, Senior Project Manager, Bendigo Health

Most innovation efforts are undertaken with an obsessive desire to generate great ideas, however, truly great ideas are few and far between. Often we’re flooded with so many ideas that we don’t even know where to start. Ian will draw upon his experience as a project manager and innovator in the healthcare sector to show that ideas are almost worthless unless they are accompanied by three essential elements that we often either overlook or underemphasize.

Ian is an experienced Senior Project Manager with a demonstrated history of working in the hospital & healthcare industry. Skilled in Crisis Management, People Management, Lean Six Sigma, Management, and Healthcare with a Master of Business Administration (MBA) focused on Organisational Development from La Trobe University.  Ian thinks ideas are nice, but problems are what really drive innovation.

 

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Title of Presentation: Emerging Technologies - Where will tomorrow's opportunities come from? Bec Kempster, CEO at The Churchill Club Australia

New technologies emerge as a result of radical and disruptive innovation and invention. Adopting an incremental approach to innovation won’t change the status quo, nor will applying a tried and tested methodology. So what is required? Learn how we as individuals, organisations and communities can reframe our approach to innovation to ensure we harness tomorrow’s opportunities.

Bec is CEO of the Churchill Club Australia, a Victorian organisation that promotes discussion around emerging technologies to drive innovation within industry.  She has over twelve years of experience in marketing, specifically in digital and brand strategy, having both worked agency and client side. Prior to consulting, she was Head of Client Services & Strategy at Carter Digital and has worked on digital and brand activations with numerous businesses including World Vision Australia, The Royal Women’s Hospital, Meat & Livestock Australia, Bonds and Greening Australia. Her ‘people-first’ approach to technology came from straddling the divide between client ‘wants’ and developer ‘realities’ and successfully translating technical jargon into common parlance.  Having launched and failed her own startups, she’s a big believer in the benefits we all stand to gain from collective learning. She spends much of her time listening to the stories and challenges faced by people working with emerging technologies. Her role at the Churchill Club is to facilitate collaboration between different players to develop technologies that deliver collective benefit. 

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Doing things better together: public sector innovation in Victoria Sam Hannah-Rankin, Director Public Sector Innovation at Department of Premier and Cabinet (Vic)

The role of government is to ensure positive outcomes for its people, and government is always working in new ways to deliver better outcomes for real people.  Recent research suggests that it only takes a motivated, resilient and tenacious 25% to shift the thinking of an entire population. The public sector has enough tough and talented people to make it to 25% easily – we just need to join forces and start speaking out.

Sam Hannah-Rankin is the Director of Public Sector Innovation for the Department of Premier and Cabinet in Victoria.  Since its establishment in 2015, Public Sector Innovation (publicsectorinnovation.vic.gov.au) has supported new ways of delivering better outcomes for real people by:

  • launching over 20 cross-sectoral projects through the $11m Public Sector Innovation Fund
  • introducing human behavioural thinking into policy development and service delivery through a central Behavioural Insights Unit
  • bringing Victorian public servants together to deliver value through a whole of government Public Sector Innovation Strategy and Network
  • developing a world-first practitioner-based innovation program in government through partnership with Nesta and its States of Change initiative.

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Strayacoin – The Trojan Horse of Currency - Jack Hurley, Founder and CEO at 47 Cryptocurrency Labs, Founder and CEO at Heart (Human Response Token)

Strayacoin is an fancytech digital currency that enables you to send billies to anyone out yonder or OS. Strayacoin uses mate-to-mate tech to get on with it with no central authority: managing transactions and issuing Strayacoins are carried out by all of us in the network. Strayacoin Core is the name of open source software which enables the use of this currency.

Jack launched 47 Cryptocurrency labs – a “Crypto Skunkworks” in 2012 which helps companies explore, experiment and execute on new cryptoasset and blockchain opportunities. He also works with corporates to overcome internal innovation challenges, or to spin off new crypto related ventures as appropriate. Jack also launched strayacoin.org on Australia Day 2018 to educate Australians on crypto fundamentals and drive the discussion. Come along to download your own wallet of Strayacoin!

Jack is the founder of Heart (Human Response Token) and Firetail and works with the worlds most inspiring Humanitarian NGO’s. He started the foray into crypto in 2012 with Bitcoin and later Ethereum. 

Strayacoin.org

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Accelerated Innovation - Alexe Bojovschi, CEO at AIB | Innovation, IT Director at iiRNet | Prof. at Amity | CTO at IND-Technology | Inventor|Author|Public Speaker

Alexe brings fresh insights on creativity and innovation from his own experience over the last 16 years in developing patented technologies that led to international companies such as IND-Technologies, and are used by Australian Defence and American Air Force and IBM. Alexe will also include insights from his book “Innoahorisms – A spark each day, Empower Innovation”. 

Prof. Alexe Bojovschi, #1 Amazon Best Seller of “INNOAPHORISMS – A spark each day – EMPOWER INNOVATION” in  Business, Management & Leadership, Decision-Making & Problem Solving category in 5 countries including USA, Australia, Canada, France and Germany, is an inventor and innovator. His innovations are used by his own companies, IntAiB, iiRNet and iDataMachine and other organizations with whom he worked including IBM, American Air Force Research Laboratory, Australian Defence Science and Technology, Monash University, RMIT University, Victoria Partnership for Advanced Computing, Swinburne University of Technology and Aston University. He holds 8 US and international patents and has published many technical papers. He is a pioneer in deriving technology and business insights from BigData. Alexe developed accelerated learning, creativity and innovation techniques and courses delivered at IntAIB and RMIT University.  Alexe is working currently with The University of Melbourne, IND-Technology and Amity University on innovation projects.

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Designing and building a software product when you’re not technical yourself - Elena Kelareva, CEO / Founder at GippsTech

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How do you make your idea a reality when you have zero technical ability?  Elena will teach non-technical attendees about what’s involved in designing and building a digital product such as an app or website.  Topics that will be covered include: how much should a website cost; the biggest mistake when building a digital product; the process that they use at Google Ventures, Google’s startup investment fund, to help their startups build digital products successfully; and the unexpected costs of building a website that most people don’t factor into their planning when they’re thinking about building a digital product.

Elena Kelareva has a PhD in Computer Science from the Australian National University, and over ten years’ experience in digital product development. Elena was previously the Product Manager for the Google Maps Web APIs, which are used on millions of websites and by billions of users worldwide. She left Google in early 2017 to start a Gippsland-based company, GippsTech (http://gipps.tech), with the mission of helping businesses in rural and regional areas reach their full potential with digital technology. She is also a mentor at the University of Melbourne’s Melbourne Accelerator Program (MAP) – ranked #1 university startup accelerator in Australia and #8 worldwide – and has mentored many startups and small businesses in digital product development strategy.

 https://gipps.tech

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Innovation: The Regional Experience - Peter Dostis, Elena Kelareva, Andrew Jones

A recent report by the Regional Australia Institute said “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.”  So how are other regional areas facilitating and driving innovation to stimulate their local economies?

    

Peter Dostis is passionate about innovation and the commercialisation of products and services to gain competitive advantage for Australia globally. He is currently CEO and co-founder of the Runway Geelong incubator program focused on creating a start-up ecosystem in Geelong that will help launch start-ups as well as develop Geelong into a start-up city.

 Elena Kelareva is the founder of GippsTech, which aims to help businesses in Gippsland, Victoria grow with technology, and Binary Shift, a conference focused on innovation, technology and startups within the Gippsland region.  Elena is passionate about the opportunities that tech can bring to regional and rural areas.

 Andrew Jones is the co-founder of G2 Innovation, a Geelong based business focused on driving individual, team and enterprise to grow through a focus on innovation.

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Co-Working Panel - Taylor Tran, Clare Fountain, Marcus Turnbull and Tamara Marwood

What is “co-working” and how does it help creativity and new ideas?  Taylor Tran is the author of “Innovation CoWorking” and Australia’s foremost authority on co-working.  Join Taylor as he shares his insights into how co-working helps to drive innovation, not just for micro-business, but also for the corporate sector, exploring local examples from Bendigo’s very own co-working spaces Synergise Hub and Possum Works.

Taylor Tran is an author, strategist, tech entrepreneur and speaker within the coworking industry.  Taylor Mentors with the Founder Institute of Silicon Valley and several start-ups, including blockchain, robots, environmental, big data and services start-ups. Taylor is passionate about building entrepreneurship ecosystems and designing pathways for connecting students to start-ups, coworking spaces and accelerators. Following his recent book, INNOVATION MELBOURNE: A guide to Melbourne’s entrepreneurs ecosystem, Taylor has played a major role in advising government on building smart city and start-up strategies and is currently involved in a number of key ecosystem initiatives. This includes his own travels abroad to research best practices and develop new insights and design new approaches to the future of work.

      

Flexibility and range is what is called for in this time of creative innovation in business – and that is where you will find Tamara Marwood. Innovating, sharing and engaging with clients in industries such as the arts, social enterprise, sustainability, hospitality or health. Tamara runs her business, Create Business, from the Synergise Coworking space.

Marcus Turnbull is the founder of Turncode Productions, which he runs from Possum Works, the coworking space he set up with Jack Hurley.

Clare Fountain is a founding member of Synergize Hub in BENDIGO and is on the board of 888 Co-operative Coworking, a co-op coworking space in Melbourne. 

 

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Innovation – Where’s my Career in that? - Josh Pell, Jessica Reesby & Luke Murray - Australian Computer Society (ACS)

Starting out in Technology and Innovation? Looking to pivot your career path? This panel is for you and is not to be missed. Just some of the key points this panel discussion will walkthrough are:

  • What are the emerging careers in Innovation?
  • What career paths may not exist as we continue to automate, innovate and generally use technology to replace what were human tasks
  • What are the skill sets that we should be focusing on now for Australia to remain competitive
  • What do you see as skills we need in the future

Jessica, Luke and Josh have over 40 years combined experience in Technology across Infrastructure, Software Development, Project Management, Business Analysis and Specialist Recruitment which means they are able to each provide fantastic insights into what a career in Technology innovation looks like.

Josh is a highly passionate and enthusiastic professional who loves using technology, Projects, Programs and PMO’s as enablers to drive and deliver high quality business improvement initiatives.  Whether implementing PMO’s, managing and executing a range of business technology projects or working with his customers and communities, Josh strongly believes, better business outcomes come from better implementation, adoption and use of technology.  Josh is a self-proclaimed ‘middle aged young professional’ who thoroughly enjoys giving back to his communities. Whether through mentoring and public speaking or volunteering his time, Josh is keen to ensure today’s generation engage, innovate and execute with tomorrow’s.  Josh always ensures he has the next generation and technology on the agenda

Jessica started her first company at 24 years old.  With over 9 years experience working with some of the most prestigious luxury brands such as Rolex, Tiffany &Co., Omega and Patek Phillipe, Jessica developed a niche interest in the Digital, IoT, IT, Engineering and Mobile Apps Space.  She decided to pursue the industry and has never looked back. Jessica believes in bringing the IT Community together and also creating equality for women in the field which she makes a focus by specialising in recruiting and developing women in IT. Jessica’s company, Reesby IT is an industry leader and has disrupted the recruitment industry.  Along with a strong network of startups, candidates and peers, Jessica has held various roles in high profile Public Speaking and Volunteer work with Universities and Charities by giving lectures, being on the panel of various technology expos and also a radio-co host on geeks interrupted. 

Luke is a technologist with a strong focus on innovation, design, user experience and growing businesses, and the founder of XYSense.  Luke thrives when there is a challenge and actively seeks opportunities to make improvements across all areas, easily picking up new technologies and domains.

http://www.xysense.io/

https://www.acs.org.au/

https://www.reesby.com.au/

 

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The Role of Government in Driving Innovation - Glenn Pomeroy, Coordinator Innovation and Transformation, City of Greater Bendigo.

Every tier of government – local, state and federal – has a focus on innovation, unheard of 10 or even 5 years ago.  So why the change?  And what is the role of government in driving innovation?

Glenn Pomeroy is Coordinator Innovation and Transformation at City of Greater Bendigo.  Glenn will be joined by state and federal representatives to discuss what they are doing, and how they can work together to drive Australian innovation.

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Remaining Human in a Digital World - Phil Ore, Marketing Entourage

The focus on digital innovation and technology in a world of accelerated change has only amplified the importance of real world ‘human’ interactions with our customers.  Get the tools to ensure you continue to create great customer experiences that keep them coming back for more.  This interactive workshop presented by Marketing Entourage uses the principles of human-centred design and a customer-centric mindset to demonstrate innovative frameworks that will complement your digital strategies.

Phil is a Co-Founder of Marketing Entourage, a team of amazing customer experience experts that helps purpose-driven businesses transform and grow. He also co-founded Entrepreneurs&Co., a social enterprise that provides a collaborative community to enable entrepreneurs to achieve international success.  Before starting his own ventures, Phil held a number of international leadership roles within Nokia and Nokia Siemens Networks. With over 25 years experience in strategy, technology, marketing and building businesses, Phil helps organisations define problems, enables groups of people to achieve great results and ensures everyone enjoys the ride. 

Phil’s other roles include Pitch Mentor for Startup Victoria, Global Ambassador for Inspiring Rare Birds and regular panelist/judge/MC/speaker for events.  

www.marketingentoruage.com.au

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News Flash: Disruption ≠ Innovation - Rebecca Ciancio, Maxsum Solutions

The world is awash with talk of disruptive technologies. Businesses are constantly being told to “disrupt themselves” and to “innovate or perish”. But how can we start, much less continue, to innovate when digital skills and technical talent are short on the ground? Introducing new technology is still a huge challenge for most teams and actually keeping the dream alive is proving even more difficult! It’s time to “disrupt” the myths around what innovation means in small to medium-sized businesses. Let’s talk about why you need to be thinking less about disruption and more about how you champion change from within.

Rebecca has more than 20 years’ experience working across different sectors in the technology industry both overseas and in Australia. Rebecca specialises in technical content writing and digital content production, inspired and engaged by the new horizons and leverage digital technologies continue to offer both businesses and individuals. Currently heading up Marketing and Engagement at Maxsum Consulting, Rebecca is committed to furthering Maxsum’s mission of Enabling Opportunity and Realising Potential by examining and promoting the potential business technology has to better shape and align people’s work styles and lifestyles for greater personal and professional outcomes. As part of her role, Rebecca spends extensive time at major industry events and engaging with some of Australia’s leading technology vendors to ensure that the latest and best technology news and thought leadership is being delivered back to Maxsum’s clients and the community at large.

 

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Founders Panel: Feats and Failures- Theodore Williams, James Robertson, Luke Murray and Jillian Kenny

Learn from a panel of local founders about their startups; what motivated them to take the leap; what they have sacrificed; what they have learned along the way; and how can you avoid potential pitfalls in your own founder journey.

Theo William is co-founder at Localised, a loving dad, someone who loves to test ideas and is not afraid to learn by having a go. Theo left the corporate world of agile consultancy and digital management to jump into the fast lane of a regionally founded and funded tech-startup. He’s passionate about his regional community and wants to see Kyneton and all regional Australia become great places to live AND work.  

A creator at heart, Dr Jillian Kenny is constantly on the lookout for opportunities to challenge traditional ways of thinking and create value in the world. As a result of her work she was named as one of the inaugural Superstars of STEM by Science and Technology Australia in 2017 and as one of Australia’s Top 100 Most Influential Women by the Australian Financial Review and Westpac in 2014.  As Founding Director of Machinam, Jillian has led the company to develop innovative digital high school mathematics resources that are engaging and relevant to real life, answering that age-old question, “Why do I have to learn this?”.  In 2012, she co-founded the non-profit organisation Power of Engineering, which runs nationwide events for female and regional Year 9 and 10 students to inspire them about the engineering profession; showcasing its diversity, creativity, and most importantly that it is an avenue to making a real difference in the world.  Since completing a PhD exploring innovation in the Australian water sector, Jillian has applied the insight and experience gained through this process to a range of sectors including education, health and water.  She holds a Bachelor of Engineering (Civil) and a PhD from Queensland University of Technology.

Luke Murray is a technologist with a strong focus on innovation, design, user experience and growing businesses, and is the Founder of XYSense.io.  Luke thrives when there is a challenge – the perfect characteristic for a Founder!

James Roberston is co-founder of Lifevault, an online service that allows you to leave a dedicated record of your life. You can share your stories through photos, videos, voice recordings and a personalised narrative. 

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Creative leadership exposed - Dr Jillian Kenny

The world is changing faster than it ever has before. The future is a blank canvas, and in creating this future we need leaders who can think beyond the traditional approaches and norms of the past. Leaders who can bring creativity. Through sharing some of the challenging and vulnerable moments in her own story, Jillian will reveal the elements for creative leadership and why it is critical for our future.

A creator at heart, Dr Jillian Kenny is constantly on the lookout for opportunities to challenge traditional ways of thinking and create value in the world. As a result of her work she was named as one of the inaugural Superstars of STEM by Science and Technology Australia in 2017 and as one of Australia’s Top 100 Most Influential Women by the Australian Financial Review and Westpac in 2014.
As Founding Director of Machinam, Jillian has led the company to develop innovative digital high school mathematics resources that are engaging and relevant to real life, answering that age-old question, “Why do I have to learn this?”
In 2012, she co-founded the non-profit organisation Power of Engineering, which runs nationwide events for female and regional Year 9 and 10 students to inspire them about the engineering profession; showcasing its diversity, creativity, and most importantly that it is an avenue to making a real difference in the world.

www.jilliankenny.com

www.machinam.com

www.powerofengineering.org

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The Role of Education in Accelerating Innovation- Claire Nightingale,Research Partnership Development Coordinator at Monash University, Eddie Custovic, Engineer, Academic, Innovator, Entrepreneur, Philanthropist, Global Citizen, Joseph Lawrence, Pro Vice-Chancellor at Deakin University & Graeme Wiggins, Director of the Bendigo Tech School

Join this esteemed panel to hear how education providers are not only preparing their students with the required skills to become creative thinkers and drivers of innovation, but also how they work with industry, government and other key stakeholders to accelerate innovation.

       

Eddie is an experienced engineer and problem solver. A business owner, entrepreneur, thought leader, mentor, philanthropist and global citizen.  A passion for innovation, design thinking and entrepreneurship have culminated into a deep commitment to making positive change for the world. Eddie believes that the intersection between scientific innovation and human empowerment is where we can really “disrupt the future”, and is motivated to use the powers of engineering, education, networking, entrepreneurial mindset and the spirit of positive change to empower individuals and grow local economies while delivering the scientific advancements of our finest minds for the benefit of future generations.  Eddie is also an academic and industry project manager in the School of Engineering and Mathematical Sciences, La Trobe University and the founder/director of the La Trobe Innovation & Entrepreneurship Foundry (LIEF), a member of the Institute of Electrical and Electronic Engineers (IEEE), and founded the Bosnia & Herzegovina Futures Foundation that empowers youth through education & technology access as well as leadership development.  Eddie is a regular contributor to Online & Print Media globally, TV & Radio on topic of engineering, technology, innovation, entrepreneurship, youth employment and education.

Claire Nightingale connects Monash University research capabilities with industry to achieve mutually beneficial outcomes, with a focus on new initiatives being sustainable into the future.

Dr Joseph Lawrence specializes in industry-university-government collaboration business models with a focus on innovation and commercialization.

Graeme Wiggins is the Director of the Bendigo Tech School, Bendigo’s high tech education hub.  Graeme’s professional focus is co-designing exciting STEAM learning programs in partnership with industry, schools and community. He was most recently the Head of Art and Design at Canberra Grammar, where he transformed facilities and pedagogies for technology education.

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G2 Innovation Workshop: Design Thinking- The Engine for Innovation

It is universally recognised that the speed and rate of change has never been higher, with traditional markets being disrupted by new business models and exciting technologies every day. However, recognising that disruption is all around us and knowing how to survive and thrive, are two very different things. In fact, an awareness of disruption often results in a paralysis to act.

Design Thinking is a mindset, a skill-set and a toolset that enables individuals, teams and enterprises to avoid paralysis, embrace change and deliver creativity with impact. It is the engine – which drives innovation.  

At the heart of Design Thinking is understanding and empathising with humans, their problems and unmet needs. By driving all activity through this beating heart, design thinkers innovate with clarity and purpose, simplifying innovation into a series of iterative steps that remain focussed on adding value to their most important stake-holder – the end-user.

During this hands-on workshop, Andrew Jones, co-founder of Innovation and Design Thinking firm G2 Innovation will demonstrate how Design Thinking empowers individuals, enterprises and regions to innovate with greater clarity and impact.  

G2 Innovation

 Founded in 2009, with offices in the UK and Australia, G2 Innovation is a global innovation company with a simple vision: 

TO DELIVER GROWTH THROUGH INNOVATION

G2 Innovation specialise in training businesses in Design Thinking and user-centric innovation, giving organisations the knowledge and capability to implement a sustainable culture of innovation that supports their growth and differentiation. 

G2’s team of innovation facilitators and coaches focus on decoding theory and turning it into practical action, so their training programs are accessible and achievable for anybody from the front-line to the CEO. 

G2 Innovation work with all kinds of enterprises from small companies to multinational corporations to government bodies, and in industries as diverse as aerospace and hospitality.

Andrew Jones

At the age of 9, just moments after being given it, Andrew took apart his first remote control car – he wanted to build something even better. At the age of 13, Andrew’s first business was pimping up old BMX’s for his brother’s friends. By 18, there was little doubt his path would involve design and entrepreneurship, and so began a degree in Industrial Design Engineering. 

It was during his first professional role as a Design Engineer at Parker Pen, when he was charged with improving processes on the frontline, that he discovered another passion – that of transformation through innovation.

Ever since, Andrew has focused his career on supporting others to grow, change and thrive through innovation. In 2009 he co-founded G2 Innovation, a Design Thinking and Innovation Firm in the UK, expanding it to Australia in 2014. G2’s mission is “To deliver growth through innovation” and they achieve this through dynamic training workshops, co-design programs and coaching. G2 Innovation work with teams all over the world and are recognised globally as a leading provider of design thinking and innovation training.

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G2 Innovation Workshop: Strategic Innovation 101

When it comes to innovation, you need to be creative and that includes, with your innovation strategy. Bullet-pointed strategies, using retrospective thinking to plan for the future are out, and in their place, are constantly evolving, real-time, transformative plans that truly reflect what your companies does, could do and needs to do to stay relevant. 

During this workshop Andrew Jones, co-founder of Innovation and Design Thinking firm G2 Innovation, will transform your approach to innovation, showing you how to find your purpose, motivate your teams around innovation, and tailor your innovation activity for better execution. 

Come along and learn what it takes to be successful at innovation and how to make it happen.

G2 Innovation

 Founded in 2009, with offices in the UK and Australia, G2 Innovation is a global innovation company with a simple vision: 

TO DELIVER GROWTH THROUGH INNOVATION

G2 Innovation specialises in training businesses in Design Thinking and user-centric innovation, giving organisations the knowledge and capability to implement a sustainable culture of innovation that supports their growth and differentiation. 

G2’s team of innovation facilitators and coaches focus on decoding theory and turning it into practical action, so their training programs are accessible and achievable for anybody from the front-line to the CEO. 

G2 Innovation work with all kinds of enterprises from small companies to multinational corporations to government bodies, and in industries as diverse as aerospace and hospitality.

Andrew Jones

At the age of 9, just moments after being given it, Andrew took apart his first remote control car – he wanted to build something even better. At the age of 13, Andrew’s first business was pimping up old BMX’s for his brother’s friends. By 18, there was little doubt his path would involve design and entrepreneurship, and so began a degree in Industrial Design Engineering. 

It was during his first professional role as a Design Engineer at Parker Pen, when he was charged with improving processes on the frontline, that he discovered another passion – that of transformation through innovation.

Ever since, Andrew has focused his career on supporting others to grow, change and thrive through innovation. In 2009 he co-founded G2 Innovation, a Design Thinking and Innovation Firm in the UK, expanding it to Australia in 2014. G2’s mission is “To deliver growth through innovation” and they achieve this through dynamic training workshops, co-design programs and coaching. G2 Innovation work with teams all over the world and are recognised globally as a leading provider of design thinking and innovation training.

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The Era of the Entrepreneur - Kerry Anderson

When the CSRIO’s 2016 ‘Tomorrow’s Digitally Enabled Workforce’ report heralded the next 20 years as being ‘the era of the entrepreneur’ it was worthy of note. References to the ‘Gig Economy’ can be found everywhere. The way we work is clearly changing and fast. But have we sufficiently changed the conversation from job seeking to job creation? Kerry Anderson, business advocate and author of ‘Entrepreneurship: It’s Everybody’s Business,’ shares her thoughts on this important topic.

Kerry Anderson is founder of the Operation Next Gen Program, working with rural towns across Australia encouraging them to look at existing landscapes with fresh eyes. Committed to sharing positive stories of rural businesses, Kerry writes a regular column for Inside Small Business and is the author of Entrepreneurship: It’s Everybody’s Business. She is a frequent speaker at national and international forums.

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Innovate or Suffocate - Kerry Anderson

How future proof is your business? Take this simple ‘health check’ and explore strategies to innovate and strengthen your business into the future. Led by Kerry Anderson, business advocate and author of ‘Entrepreneurship: It’s Everybody’s Business’, this practical workshop will enable you take a fresh look at your business.

Kerry Anderson is founder of the Operation Next Gen Program, working with rural towns across Australia encouraging them to look at existing landscapes with fresh eyes. Committed to sharing positive stories of rural businesses, Kerry writes a regular column for Inside Small Business and is the author of Entrepreneurship: It’s Everybody’s Business. She is a frequent speaker at national and international forums.

7:00-10:00 pm

Festival of Failure

The Festival of Failure will use humour, entertainment and the media to share a powerful message – that we need not be afraid of failing!

The Festival of Failure will de-stigmatise the notion of failure and will teach people to take a positive approach to their setbacks.

This year’s Festival of Failure will feature:

Greg Champion

Greg will discuss clangers, stuff-ups, faux pas, embarrassments and outright disasters that he has experienced. 

Greg came to notice in the Eighties on ABC radio with the song I Made a 100 In The Backyard At Mum’s. Now he’s released over 30 CDs, and won a few gongs in the VMI category: ‘Vaguely Minor Identity’. Champs has been a member of national ABC radio programme The Coodabeen Champions for 36 years. Greg grew up in the Hectorville Home For The Visually Unpleasant, and nowadays does guest speaking, where he’s classified as a DeMotivational Speaker. A three time runner-up in the Australian Underachiever Awards, Champs has no criminal record.

Jenni Screen

Jenni will have a cheeky look into how our perception frames the experiences we have with the word failure. Sprinkled with tales from Jenni’s own life, in both, sport and the journey of trying to become a mother. 

Jenni Screen is a massive over achiever in all areas of her life and her worst critic. After a professional basketball career spanning 16 years in multiple countries and with two Olympic Medals & a World Championship with the Australian Women’s Basketball Team, a team she captained in the latter part of her career, she now finds herself with two degrees. Currently Jenni is working as a Strength & Conditioning Coach, a Teacher at Deakin University and a Mentor with her STRYVE 365 program in various organisations focusing on Leadership, Identity & Culture. 

Bindi Cole Chocka

Bindi Cole Chocka is a resilient and indigenous contemporary photographer, new media artist, writer and curator who speaks compellingly through her creative work. Chocka’s presentation “It’s whats inside that counts” references her life story and experiences, such as her Aboriginal heritage, the importance of Christianity in her life, and the impact of politics, the law and other power structures on her lived experience and that of her family and community.  In her early twenties, Bindi found herself in prison on the other side of the world.  It was a turning point.  As Bindi says, “Strangely, in this dark, scary place I started to find out who I really was.”  

 
Award-winning artist Bindi Cole Chocka was born in 1975 in Melbourne, Australia. She studied at Northern Melbourne Institute of TAFE, Federation University and is currently undertaking a PhD at Deakin University. Bindi Cole Chocka is a resilient and ingenious contemporary photographer, new media artist, writer, and curator who speaks compellingly through her creative work. In 2010, Chocka was listed as one of the Top 100 Most Influential People in Melbourne. 
 

Andrew Jones

It takes time, resources and patience. It also takes failure because without making mistakes, it’s impossible to know when we’re on the right path to success. So, how do we reconcile our acknowledgement that failure is important with our fear of the loss, pain and ridicule it can create?  How do we fuel innovation? 

Andrew believes that the future is there to be made, not feared. He is unerringly passionate about innovation and its integral link to value creation and growth, and is dedicated to training people to innovate. Originally an Industrial Design Engineer, Andrew has spent 20 years working with companies, helping them to develop and grow through innovation. This includes successful collaborations with brands such as; Parker Pen, Nestlé, Coca-Cola, Ford, Nurofen, Scholl, Gaviscon as well as a large number of SMEs.

Tuesday, Sept 4th

7:30-10:00 am

futuremapTM // Future-proofing Australian manufacturing

Competing in today’s increasingly digitalised world and winning in the fourth industrial revolution requires global context and market access, entrepreneurial leadership, a culture of innovation and the adoption of new emerging technologies. But above all, it needs a different set of thinking.

As part of the Bendigo Invention and Innovation Festival, David Chuter, CEO and Managing Director of the Innovative Manufacturing CRC (IMCRC) will be hosting a free futuremap™ // future-proofing Australian manufacturing SMEs workshop.

futuremap™ is a business diagnostic tool that enables manufacturers to assess the current state of their business and map their maturity levels and capabilities in the areas of

  • Market positioning,
  • Leadership, strategy and change management;
  • Innovation and use of technology; and
  • Digital manufacturing (Industry 4.0).

Designed specifically for Australian manufacturing SMEs; the workshop is intended to help them to think differently about the opportunities that emerging digital technologies and new business models pose for their business.

//Why should you attend?

Whether you are new to digital manufacturing or well on the journey, the futuremap™ workshop will give you valuable insights into the current state of your business and then have you consider where you aspire to be and by when.

Interactive and packed with industry examples, the workshop is intended to help you

  • think differently about the opportunities and challenges of digital manufacturing;
  • map the current state of your business with respect to capabilities and characteristics vital for future competitiveness and success, and compare this to where you aspire to be in two years from now;
  • understand the primary gaps between your current state and your aspirations, to assist you to develop your key areas of focus and potential investment; and
  • understand where assistance may be sought to help you on your transition to digital manufacturing.

As David guides you through futuremap™, you will hear about Australian manufacturers who are already embracing digital technologies to transform their business. At the end of the workshop, each participating manufacturer will receive their individual “futuremap™” and be connected with further educational materials and access to a broad eco-system of supporting organisations and programs.

//Who should attend?

Senior representatives of manufacturing businesses (business owners, executives, senior managers).

//What to bring?

Please ensure to bring a WIFI enabled device (laptop, tablet, smartphone) that is charged fully as you will use this during 2.5-hour workshop.

A light Breakfast will be provided.

// About IMCRC

Innovative Manufacturing Cooperative Research Centre (IMCRC) is a not-for-profit, independent cooperative research centre which helps Australian companies increase their relevance through collaborative, market-driven research in manufacturing business models, products, processes, and services. Our vision is for Australian manufacturing to be thriving, relevant and globally integrated.

10:00-11:30 am

That’s a great Idea but are you really ready to commercialise? - Joe Barber AusIndustry, Accelerating Commercialisation

We’ve seen the successes and failures of Shark Tank, read about the buzz and activity in the US and heard stories of amazing ideas that never make it to market.  Commercialising your novel product, process or service is where many founders struggle and see their great idea stall.  Hear from Joe Barber, a commercialisation expert with 14 startups under his belt over 25 years.        Currently engaged through the Australian Government’s Accelerating Commercialisation program Joe tells it like it is, with knowledge and insights to assist you to tackle the next steps and help decide if you’re ready for the challenge.  Joe will offer up to five one-on-one meetings to presentation attendees following the session.

Joe was co-founder of Planet Internet – a dominant national ISP in the late 90’s.  Since then, Joe has founded 14 start-ups across various facets of the IT industry – some failed, some limped along and others were rewarding exits. Joe has spent over 25 years as a startup founder, technology evangelist, mentor and sometimes seed investor.  Joe is a regular public speaker culminating in a global award for “Mobile Marketing Leadership” at the World Brand Congress Summit 2011.  Joe’s technical background and 25+ years of business development and innovation experience have him well regarded as a very knowledgeable “geek” and an astute businessman. Joe’s general business, legal and financial acumen is only surpassed by his broad technical skills and enterprise development experience.  Joe’s current activities as a Commercialisation Advisor with AusIndustry allows him to see some of the most exciting and innovative ideas from the brightest up and coming entrepreneurs.  No one knows everything. Joe can’t cook, rollerblade, fly a jet or run a marathon but he does know about technology, startups and business development.

 

11:30-11:45 am

Bonus Session! Going Global Through Landing Pads - Prathay Chandrakumar

Come hear how the Landing Pads Program can help take your business to the global stage. The Program provides market-ready startups and scaleups with potential for rapid growth, a cost effective option to land and expand into major global innovations hubs around the world. Five Landing Pads have been established in San Francisco, Tel Aviv, Shanghai, Berlin and Singapore.  This session will immediately follow the “That’s a great Idea but are you really ready to commercialise?” session.

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Bendigo Inventor Awards

Come along to the Bendigo Inventor Awards showcase at the Discovery Science and Technology Centre.  Meet our inventors and find out more about their inventions.  Following this we will announce the winners of this year’s Bendigo Inventor Awards.  These are free events, no need to register, just come along! 

www.bendigoinventorawards.com.au

Wednesday, Sept 5th

4:30-5:30 pm

Maker Space Forum

Bendigo Tech School is excited to be hosting Holger Dielenberg, Founder and Director of Melbourne’s leading maker space Space Tank Studio to talk about Maker Spaces.

Tech is dramatically changing every industry in the world, from planning a holiday to printing replacement parts for a car.

Maker Spaces provide the space, the tools and connections between people to create places where they can try out their ideas and make their idea in a low-cost way.

You will find out how these collaborative maker spaces work and how people share resources to make, collaborate, learn and share.

Holger will be presenting his vision for Australia and how the future growth of industries like manufacturing, engineering, design and business is powered by local people’s ingenuity and imagination.

This free forum is for general community-members who are interested in the practical future of making through innovation in Bendigo.  Makers are invited as well as engineers, planners, architects, designers, artists, dreamers, entrepreneurs, strategic thinkers and anyone seeking to find out how maker spaces create a thriving community and economy.

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Let’s Make a Maker Space in Bendigo – a community Workshop

Bendigo Tech School is exploring the possibility of establishing a shared Maker Space to be used by all sectors of our community.  We are interested in providing machinery, technology and fabrication areas to support many makers and entrepreneurs.

The community workshop is for people in business, who are makers, artists, designers and leaders, who want to back the development of entrepreneurialism, product development, creative enterprise and manufacturing in Bendigo.

Joining us is the Founder and Director of Melbourne’s leading maker space; Space Tank Studio Holger Dielenberg who will answer any questions about Maker Spaces and guide us to create our very own vision for Bendigo’s Maker Space.

This workshop is the first discussion and the starting point of how we should go about creating a maker space for the Bendigo community and capture what is important for our community to have in a maker space.

Thursday, Sept 6th

9:30-1:00 pm

Scaling up, Start in the Boardroom - Warwick Peel and Andrew Donovan, Co-Founder at Startup Boardroom

The interactive engagement will allow Founders to go through the process of assembling their advisory board, to know the ideal board composition or best fit-for-purpose solution. This program aims to open up your thinking as to what is possible with the governance oversight, strategic advice and emotional resilience support of a powerhouse advisory board. We help you design a 5-year strategy blueprint.  This is a free event, just register below and grab a free ticket!

Warwick is passionate about progress in the boardroom, Future Directors Institute (FDi) educate and empower directors to understand disruption, cognitive and intergenerational diversity. NED (& Startup Boardroom) appoint Non-Executive Directors and build Advisory Boards, we run Board Matrix strategy for best board composition. At FDi, we harness cognitive diversity to embrace the digital age and new economy. Warwick’s passion for capacity building non-executive directors to think in a parallel universe beyond what seems impossible, our NEDs enact their organisations unlock their potential.

Andrew is a trusted advisor to directors of boards responsible for guiding organisations in the not-for-profit, public sector, and family businesses. His passion is helping them achieve their passions, taking them on a journey of financial and personal growth that can sustain their organisations for generations to come.

Andrew helps boards add value, drawing on my experience as a non-executive director, chairman, board adviser, educator and community builder. He has educated over 6,000 current and aspiring directors across Australia and Asia, and he has proven thought leader on international governance issues.

Startup Program

This is a free event, just register and grab a free ticket! 

Friday, Sept 7th

4:00-7:30 pm

YouTube 101: Bendigo

Join us for an official YouTube event all about cracking YouTube’s best practices and getting your channel set up for YouTube success. This is a free event, register below. 

Delivered as part of Victoria’s Digital Creator Program, this event is designed for anyone who has a YouTube channel and wants to better understand video optimisation as well as those who aspire to be YouTube creators but don’t know where to start.

Presented by online video specialists Changer Studios, and drawing on a pool of experts worldwide, this workshop will deliver insights and tips to help you succeed on the world’s biggest video platform.

This is a free event, register here. 

Saturday, Sept 8th

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Day 1 - Bendigo Health Datathon

On 8 & 9 September 2018, Bendigo Health in collaboration with the Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS), La Trobe University, University of Wollongong, Be.Bendigo and Australian New Zealand Intensive Care Society (ANZICS) will be hosting the inaugural Bendigo Health Datathon.

The Datathon will bring together teams consisting of clinicians, statisticians, data scientists and administrators to understand and explore the use of secondary healthcare data for better health outcomes. The theme of the Datathon is ‘Critical Care Recovery’, with the aim of exploring the health and community outcomes for patients after their journey through the intensive care and hospital setting. Datathon participants will develop innovative solutions to very real problems by applying data analytics and statistical techniques to never-before-combined disparate data sets

The proposed data sets include:

• Australia New Zealand Intensive Care Society (ANZICS) Adult Patient Database (APD)

• Victorian Admitted Episodes Dataset (VAED)

• Victorian Emergency Minimum Dataset (VEMD)

• Home and Community Care Program (HACC)

• Victorian Cancer Registry (VCR)

• Victorian Death Index (VDI)

• Victorian Integrated Non-Admitted Health (VINAH)

• Australasian Rehabilitation Outcomes Register (AROC)

Sunday, Sept 9th

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Day 2 - Bendigo Health Datathon

On 8 & 9 September 2018, Bendigo Health in collaboration with the Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS), La Trobe University, University of Wollongong, Be.Bendigo and Australian New Zealand Intensive Care Society (ANZICS) will be hosting the inaugural Bendigo Health Datathon.

The Datathon will bring together teams consisting of clinicians, statisticians, data scientists, and administrators to understand and explore the use of secondary healthcare data for better health outcomes. The theme of the Datathon is ‘Critical Care Recovery’, with the aim of exploring the health and community outcomes for patients after their journey through the intensive care and hospital setting. Datathon participants will develop innovative solutions to very real problems by applying data analytics and statistical techniques to never-before-combined disparate data sets.

The proposed datasets include:

• Australia New Zealand Intensive Care Society (ANZICS) Adult Patient Database (APD)

• Victorian Admitted Episodes Dataset (VAED)

• Victorian Emergency Minimum Dataset (VEMD)

• Home and Community Care Program (HACC)

• Victorian Cancer Registry (VCR)

• Victorian Death Index (VDI)

• Victorian Integrated Non-Admitted Health (VINAH)

• Australasian Rehabilitation Outcomes Register (AROC)

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