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: Home Grown

Thursday 29 March 2018, 5:30pm - 8:30pm

Festival of Ambitious Ideas is back, celebrating Canberra's innovators, game-changers and status quo challengers.

To kick off 2018 our first theme for the year is 'Home Grown', showcasing a range of organisations and projects that have built on the uniqueness of Canberra - its landscape, people, industries and personality to create innovative businesses, events and programs.

Our speakers will talk about their inspiration; challenges they have faced along the way and future opportunities they see for Canberra.

The Festival of Ambitious Ideas follows the Ignite format where each speaker has only 5 minutes 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 with opportunities to network and explore topics further after the presentations.

Our speakers for this Festival of Ambitious Ideas are:

  • Dane Liepins, Corin Forest
  • Philippe Odouard, XTEK
  • Andrea Hutchinson, Fashfest
  • John De Margheriti, Academy of Interactive Entertainment (AIE)
  • Frank Cassidy, PSNews
  • Antonio Mozqueira, Climate Change Policy - ACT Government
  • Jenny Edwards, Light House Architecture and Science
  • Roger Ta, Canberra by the Glass
  • Yumi Morrissey, Zilpah Tart
  • Dion Oxley, Quizling
  • Marisa Martin, Suitcase Dollhouse
  • Sunny Forsyth, Abundant Water
  • Lisa Roberts, Provincial Plants and Landscapes
  • Vanessa Gazy, Cirrus Films



$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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