Meet some of Canberra's 'Interesting People Doing Interesting Things' at Festival of Ambitious Ideas on October 25th

'Interesting People doing Interesting Things' is the topic for the final Festival of Ambitious Ideas of 2018. Showcasing a number of Canberra's creators, innovators and all-round game changers, fourteen speakers from a range of backgrounds and industries will have 5 minutes each to talk on their passion projects, sharing both personal experiences and challenges they have faced along the way.

The event is a collaboration between local innovation consultancy, Lighthouse Business Innovation Centre, and the Canberra Airport. It is designed to be fast-paced, informal and fun with the opportunity to hear a range of different ideas and perspectives, and network afterwards.

Lighthouse CEO Anna Pino says, "The Festival of Ambitious Ideas highlights some of our local hidden treasures – inventive businesses, projects and initiatives led by incredibly inspiring individuals, all based right here in Canberra."

"We are firm believers in the 'Medici Effect' where innovation happens when you bring together people from different disciplines to share ideas," says Ms Pino.

"We are looking forward to the final event in the Festival of Ambitious Ideas of 2018 and hosting upcoming events in 2019," says Stephen Byron, Managing Director of Canberra Airport.

"We love hosting this series of innovators, big thinkers and interesting people who share so much with us and influence the way Canberra grows and develops in business, technology and science."

The speakers for this Festival of Ambitious Ideas: Interesting People Doing Interesting Things are:

Dr Sarah Pearson, Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade
Sarah Pearson is an experienced innovation practitioner and ecosystem builder, scientist, Board Director, and ambassador for collaboration. As DFAT's Chief Innovation Officer, she is responsible for leading, developing and scaling innovation across DFAT, in neighbouring countries, and through whole of government activity. Sarah will be presenting her talk 'Lifting people out of poverty – the Global Innovation Fund approach' at Festival of Ambitious Ideas.

Robert Coorey, Geospatial Intelligence
Robert Coorey has over 30 years' experience in the geospatial and Defence industry, providing geospatial information system products and application consultancy services. As the CEO of Geospatial Intelligence Pty Ltd, Rob has been trusted to deliver corporate wide geospatial solutions to improve decision making for both government and commercial clients. At Festival of Ambitious Ideas, Rob will be presenting his talk 'Machine Intelligence – protecting travellers'.

Scott Leggo, Scott Leggo Gallery
A passionate outdoorsman with a spirit of adventure, Scott Leggo is a leading Australia landscape photographer. Beyond photography, Scott has been a management consultant and business advisor to senior executives, is a former Australian diplomat and Air Force Officer. Scott will be presenting his talk 'Following your passion...' at Festival of Ambitious Ideas.

Debra Rickwood, University of Canberra
Professor of Psychology and Chief Scientific Advisor to headspace: the National Youth Mental Health Foundation, Debra Rickwood applies her research, practice and policy skills to designing innovative mental health interventions and services, particularly for young people and those in psychological distress. At Festival of Ambitious Ideas, Debra is speaking on 'Designing responsive mental health services'.

Nick Tyrrell, GoBoat Canberra
Nick Tyrrell comes to Canberra after a career with some of Australia's largest franchising brands and a stint in politics. His brand GOBOAT set sail here in 2017 and is about to drop anchor in Melbourne in December. At this Festival of Ambitious Ideas, Nick will present his talk 'Making Waves'.

Tiffany King, Pharmacy Guild of Australia
Tiffany King has been in marketing communications for almost 30 years working across the Government and non-Government sectors. Tiffany continues to do her best to stay in touch with the tremendous pace and impact of technology on communication and the profession itself but remains committed to promoting the importance of strategic communication. Tiffany still watches TV for the ads! At this Festival of Ambitious Ideas, Tiffany will be presenting her talk 'Community Pharmacy 2025 – what does the future hold for community pharmacy and patients?'

Andrew Snell, Rollercoaster Digital
Founder and Co-CEO of Rollercoaster Digital, Andrew is a product innovator with a keen solution focus. He brings technology into everyday life. His current work is centred on deep integration of new technologies and next-generation automation. Andrew will be presenting his talk 'Booking the forward facing seat' at Festival of Ambitious Ideas.

Lea Maddocks, Acumen Aquatics & Vivaria
Lea Maddocks is an owner and operator of Acumen Aquatics & Vivaria. As a biologist with a Master of Philosophy in plant sciences and an artist fascinated with the elegance of the natural world, Lea created this business to combine her passions in both fields and serve the community. Using her expertise, Lea provides living features and natural art for homes, schools, therapy providers and businesses, as well as educating people on plant science, animal husbandry, design and sustainability. At Festival of Ambitious Ideas, Lea will be discussing 'The Business of Natural Art'.

Amelia Bidgood, Eat Canberra and Eat Canberra Food Tours
Amelia is a qualified journalist, communications professional and a lover of food and travel. She runs popular food blog, Eat Canberra and launched Eat Canberra Food Tours (Canberra's first food tour company) in 2017. She also runs a boutique communications agency and works with small businesses and individuals on a range of projects. At Festival of Ambitious Ideas, Amelia will be presenting her talk 'Putting Canberra on the global foodie map'.

Ankur Sharma, The Australian National University
Ankur Sharma is a PhD Candidate at the research School of Engineering, Australian National University. He started his PhD in 2015 after finishing an honours degree in Engineering from India. The objective of his research is to develop new generation of flexible and organic semiconductors with potential applications in future mobile phones and other electronic devices. Ankur has a strong passion towards research and believes that as an engineer, he has a key role in developing technologies of the future that are environmentally sustainable too. Ankur will be presenting his talk 'Growing Organic Mobile Phones' at Festival of Ambitious Ideas.

Michele Grimston, CraftACT: Craft and Design Centre
Michele Grimston is Programs Manager at CraftACT and part of the dynamic team who will present over 150 events this November during the DESIGN Canberra festival. DESIGN Canberra celebrates and promotes Canberra as a global city of design with events, exhibitions, talks, tours, markets, artist studios and open homes. The Festival is for all interests and ages and most events are free. Michele will be presenting her talk 'Museum of Possibilities and DESIGN Canberra 2018' at Festival of Ambitious Ideas.

Walkiria Perez, Entry29
As Marketing and Community Expansion Manager for local co-working space Entry29, Walkiria works as part of Canberra's start-up community, supporting local entrepreneurs on their road to success. She finds the motivation, commitment and drive of the innovation ecosystem an inspired place to work. At Festival of Ambitious Ideas, Walkiria will be presenting her talk 'From Bricks and Mortar to The Big Bang Theory'.

Terry Campese, Queanbeyan-Palerang Regional Council
Terry Campese was a professional sportsman for the majority of his working life, joining the Canberra Raiders straight out of Year 12. He spent 12 years playing for the Club, and in 2015 Terry moved to England and played for Hull KR for 2 years. On his return to Australia, he signed as Captain Coach for the Queanbeyan Blues and has worked closely with the NRL. In 2017, Terry came on board as Program Coordinator - Community for Queanbeyan-Palerang Regional Council, helping to deliver a number of community development programs and initiatives aimed at building and sustaining a healthy, strong community in Queanbeyan. At Festival of Ambitious Ideas, Terry will be presenting his talk 'Storybook Café'.

Sharon Tuffin, Karralika Programs
Sharon Tuffin is proud to be the CEO of this home-grown non-government organisation that has been providing specialist drug and alcohol treatment for adults, young people and families for over 40 years. Bringing the best of social policy, community development, evidence-based practice, and a passion to support people to be the best version of themselves, Sharon will be presenting her talk on 'Not labels.........people' to challenge attitudes and understanding of problematic substance use, the impact on individuals, families and communities and to share ideas about what we must do to create an environment for positive and transformational change.

The Festival of Ambitious Ideas: Interesting People Doing Interesting Things will take place at the Brindabella Conference Centre in Brindabella Business Park from 5:30pm on Thursday 25th October. Tickets can be purchased from 


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