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Hunter Innovation Festival 2015

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The Hunter Innovation Festival has been an annual event since 2007 and in true innovation style there have been many iterations of how we have presented the festival. This year, in developing the festival theme, we have seen many exciting collaborations resulting in a diverse and stimulating program.
Collaboration is crucial to the success of any business. As businesses find diversification essential to their long-term sustainability, we are seeing more and more left of field collaborations taking place. Great examples are the increasing number of collaborations between fashion designers and big brands, including the successful partnership between Stella McCartney and adidas and closer to home, Peter Morrissey and Big W.
The events this year are collaborations between the University of Newcastle and Hunter TAFE, between New Institute and Newcastle NOW, between The Business Centre and Davies Collinson Cave.
The strategic partners, including Hunter Research Foundation, are cross promoting and sharing social media campaigns.
The theme for 2015 is Smart Ideas. Simple. Everything must start from an idea. And in our current evolutionary cycle, where technology is abundant and can be seen to be taking over so much of our lives, we remember that to be of optimum benefit, technology must engage with our humanity.
We invite you to join the Hunter Innovation Festival as thought leaders, transformers, game changers, ideators, disruptors, challengers or observers. The Hunter Innovation Festival will serve as a platform to exchange ideas about trends occurring on a global level and what is happening in our own arena. By keeping abreast with new ideas and technologies, and marrying those with our humanity, collectively we will be unstoppable in creating a vibrant city where opportunities are plentiful.
The Hunter Innovation Festival will run from 14 -17 July. Below is the list of events. Please visit for a full list of events and speakers
Tuesday 14 July      

Collaboration – Hunter
Innovation Festival

Smart Ideas for a Smart City
Newcastle entrepreneurs with global reach 

Watt Street Arc 7.00am - 9:00am

Newcastle Now and
New Institute

Smart Cities and The Internet of Everything

Newcastle Panthers –The Friendship Room

6.00pm - 8:00pm
Wednesday 15 July      

Three Minute Thesis



Callaghan Campus
10.00am - 12:00pm
University of Newcastle 50 years of Innovation in the Hunter

The Conservatorium


7.00pm - 8:00pm
Thursday 16 July      

The Business Centre,
Davies Collison Cave


Design to Product – An Innovation Journey

The Business Centre 10.00am - 12:30pm

Collaboration – Hunter
Innovation Festival & UoN

Breaking Through the Gender Barrier – Women in

Facilitator – Melinda Smith

Watt Street Arc 5.30 - 8.30pm
Friday 17 July      
Hunter Research Foundation Hunter Economic Breakfast Panthers 7.00am - 9.00am