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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: Lessons from the Future

Wednesday 23 August 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 theme for this event will be 'Lessons from the Future'. Our speakers will look at some of the future trends such as the role of information and ideas in fuelling the global economy; the bioeconomy and the impact of biotechnology; personalisation; the changing nature of organisations and leadership; being a global citizen; safety and security; disruptive technology and the changing nature of learning and education.

The Festival of Ambitious Ideas follows the Ignite format where twelve 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 with opportunities to network and explore topics further after the presentations.

Our speakers for this Festival of Ambitious Ideas are:

  • John De Margheriti, Academy of Interactive Entertainment
    (Education) Over the Horizon - What Education will look like in the Future
  • Olympia Yarger, Goterra
    (Food Security) War on Waste: An Army of Soldier Flies
  • Nick McDonald-Crowley, Capital Estate Developments
    (Urban Design) Creating Identity Through Built Form
  • Dr Vini Gautam, Australian National University
    (Biotechnology) Studying the Brain... On a Chip
  • Michael McGoogan, The RiotACT
    (The Changing Media Landscape) In search of a new business model for regional media
  • Lesley Harris, Capital Giving
    (Fundraising) Fundraising Future - savvy donors will follow the money
  • Marianne Gould, MyHealthTest
    (Health: Remote and Decentralised Care) Personalising Healthcare, One Drop at a Time
  • Mae Van Rensburg, Brand New Mindset
    (Mental Health) Changing your Mindset: Technology in Mental Health
  • Dr Damith Herath, University of Canberra
    (Cyber Security) Robots for Job Growth
  • Charne Esterhuizen, MAAK
    (Fashion & Technology) Building a better fashion industry for the future
  • Beth Berry, Life Pharmacy Group
    (Pharmacy & Community) Keeping Pharmacy in the Community
  • Morteza Saberi, UNSW Canberra
    (Artificial Intelligence) Big Data or Big Headache: Buzzword or Wise Word



$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 and Denman Prospect

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