CREATIVE: Hunter Innovation Festival producer Christina Gerakiteys.Creativity and innovation are the key elements of the Hunter Innovation Festival set to startin Newcastleon Monday, which will run over12 days.
The event begins with ‘Idea Bombing’ on the future of Newcastle, an interactive forum aimed at making day-to-day life easier and more sustainable.
Festival producer Christina Gerakiteys advises people to attendto share and develop ideas, learn about innovation’s evolutionand enjoy the opportunity to network.
On May 8,‘The Internet of Things (IOT)’ is the first Smart City Engagement workshop, run by Newcastle’s IOT Pioneers Group and Newcastle City Council, whojoin forces to help children and adults to understand the internet, harness its power and build internet-related projects.
A day after, on May 9, the Rapid Product Development and Prototyping workshopsees design thinking andproduct development on display, withindustrial designer Josh Jeffress and innovation manager Martin McKenzie.
Inequality and social inclusion will be the subjects discussed at the Hunter Economic Breakfast on May 11.
The speakers will be fromCommittee for Economic Development of Australia, whose CEO Melinda Cilento will present, and social researcher Hugh Mackay.
A collaborative computer programming sprint will take place on May 11 and 12 duringthe University of Newcastle’s New Future Hackathon for Aged.
Teams compete to develop solutions to promote good lifespan health, enable healthy ageing, support socioeconomic participation and enhance productivity in health-care delivery.
Winners will receiveprizes for the best tech solution, runner-up tech solution and rising star.
The Hunter Innovation Festival ends on May 18 with the Innovators Lunch, a relaxed chat about environmental, agricultural and smart city technologies.
For the full program: hunterinnovationfestival.org