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Innovation the focus in November

Bundaberg innovation November
Surfing Scientist Ruben Meerman, Shark Tank Australia's Glen Richards, QUT'S Rowena Barrett and RedEye's Wayne Gerard will be some of the innovators part of November's Hinkler Innovation Series events.

The month of November will be a major showcasing of innovation and entrepreneurship when the Hinkler Innovation Series and a collaboration of events kick off in the region.

Professionals in the national innovation space, including Shark Tank's Glen Richards, Surfing Scientist Ruben Meerman, QUT’s Derek Richard and Wayne Gerard, Queensland Chief Entrepreneur and Co-Founder of RedEye, will travel to the region to partake in activities that aim to get community members thinking big.

Mayor Jack Dempsey said from Monday 7 November to Friday 11 November, students and aspiring entrepreneurs alike would be spoilt with a range of specialised activities that help to shape ideas, concepts and designs while providing inspiration for the future.

“Innovation and technology play such an important role in the shaping of our region and with this in mind, Council is always ready and willing to advocate more opportunities in this space for our bright, young future leaders,” he said.

“From networking events with leading Australian tech and innovation rock stars to challenges, business tours and more, there will be plenty to get involved in.”


School visits

  • Surfing Scientist Ruben Meerman and QUT’s Scientific Director – Cancer and Ageing Research Program Derek Richard will lead the week with school visits around the region.
    The dynamic duo will present their fascinating findings on genetics (who we are and the world we live in) and the science behind exhaling carbon and weight loss.


ACS Bundaberg Chapter Presents: Tech Leader’s Fireside Chat

  • This event will bring together a cast of innovators and tech experts who will share their career triumphs, challenges and insights into the cutting edge of emerging technology. The panel will provide the valuable advice and invite you to bring your burning tech career, leadership or technology project questions to ask on the night. The event will also provide a valuable networking opportunity for Bundaberg’s local tech and business communities.
    When: 5 pm to 7.30 pm, Bundaberg Multiplex. Tickets available here.


Hinkler Innovation Series

•This popular breakfast, hosted by Bundaberg Regional Council, brings together a panel of judges for the Hinkler Hotseat, a themed event where chosen local innovators will have a chance to present their big tech ideas.
• Shark Tank Australia’s Glen Richards will form part of the panel alongside local judges.
When: 6 am to 9 am, Bundaberg Multiplex. Tickets available here.

Social Innovation Challenge

•Participants will work in teams and engage in ideation, design thinking, Arduino programming and prototyping to solve a problem put forward by a person with a disability. Teams will pitch their solution to a panel of experts.
When: 10. 30 am to noon, Community Lifestyle Support, 48 Ashfield Road. Registration available here.


Entrepreneurship Immerse Day

• This joint collaboration between Queensland University of Technology and CQUniversity will be an immersive experiential, problem-solving challenge similar to sprints, challenges and boot camps run by tech giants like Google and Amazon. Students will participate in a rapid ideation session following design thinking principles, they will generate a range of possible entrepreneurial solutions.
When: 9 am to 2. 30pm, Bundaberg Multiplex.

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