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Launched in 2013, this annual event is based on the Ignite format, where 12 speakers get 5 minutes to tell their story and 'ignite' the audience.  This has fast become the 'go to' event to meet and hear about innovative projects from a diverse range of well known and emerging entrepreneurs.  The Festival has a theme each year and speakers are sourced from a range of different industries.

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Festival of Ambitious Ideas: Interesting People Doing Interesting Things

Thursday 2 November 2017, 5:30pm - 8:30pm

Festival of Ambitious Ideas showcases some of the innovative businesses and initiatives in Canberra across a variety of sectors.

The popular Festival of Ambitious Ideas is on again, celebrating Canberra's innovators, game-changers and status quo challengers.

As we approach the end of 2017, we will be celebrating some of the individuals and organisations working on innovative projects from a range of different sectors - technology, social enterprises, young entrepreneurs, creative industries, government and academia.

The Festival of Ambitious Ideas follows the Ignite format where our speakers only have 5 minutes each to present their ideas and 'ignite' the audience. In a little over an hour, guests are treated to a range of different ideas and perspectives. The event is designed to be fast-paced, informal and fun.

If you're interested in innovation, big ideas and passionate people who are game to try new things and keen to share their experiences; then this is the event for you!

Our speakers for this Festival of Ambitious Ideas are:

  • Elizabeth Scott, Canberra Academy of Dramatic Art (CADA)
  • Prof. Gordon Waddington, University of Canberra
  • Mark Gaykema, Rosemark Water Tanks
  • Anne Masters, Gallery of Small Things
  • Dr Leif Hanlen, Data61
  • Clyde Rathbone, Karma
  • Korske Ara, World Photo Day
  • Dr Sue Williamson, UNSW Canberra
  • Sean Fenemore, Savage Yeti
  • Catherine Jaktman, Jaktman Gallery
  • Dr Joseph Winter, Australian Institute of Sport (AIS)
  • Lisa LaMaitre, Canberra Wise Women
  • Steve Rohan-Jones, Big Picture Events



$55.00 (General Admission)* and $35.00 (Students) - ticket price includes entry to the event, canapés and drinks.

*General Admission discount for groups of 3 or more people ($35.00 per ticket).

Spaces are limited so please register as soon as possible.


The Festival of Ambitious Ideas is proudly supported by the Canberra Airport


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