Enable2010 is about Brisbane ‘enabling innovation’ – Business Acumen June Edition

by / Saturday, 12 June 2010 / Published in News

Enable2010 is a bold new initiative to showcase Brisbane as a centre of world-class innovation and collaboration, with a range of events planned from July 19 to 28.

Brisbane Technology Park is a hub of innovation.Culminating with the launch of the Brisbane Innovation Scorecard by Brisbane Lord Mayor Campbell Newman on Wednesday July 28, Enable2010 will celebrate excellence in innovation and challenge industry, education and government to position Brisbane as the epicentre of commercially driven innovation.

Cr Newman said he was dedicated to making Brisbane an innovative, liveable, new world city.

“Brisbane is currently experiencing phenomenal growth that is forecast to continue outstripping other major Australian centers for the next 20 years,” Cr Newman said.

“To remain competitive and achieve our vision of becoming a world-class, easy living city, we must embrace continuous learning and remain at the forefront of innovation.

“I encourage everyone to join in Enable2010 and support Brisbane’s pursuit for world-class knowledge and innovation.”

Brisbane Marketing CEO John Aitken said Brisbane’s reputation as a progressive and globally competitive destination has steadily developed and there is growing recognition in the Brisbane business environment that a spirit of collaboration, open innovation, knowledge sharing and a global outlook are critical to business success.

“As the city’s economic development agency, Brisbane Marketing seeks to foster a culture of innovation within the Brisbane business community and to highlight the essential role of innovation as a key driver of sustainable growth, productivity and the region’s economic prosperity,” Mr Aitken said.

“This partnership is essential in keeping Brisbane a prosperous and entrepreneurial city that remains globally focused and continues to attract leading national and international companies to locate, innovate, create and export,” he said.

Enable2010 culminates with the launch of the Brisbane Innovation Scorecard, a new initiative which will measure Brisbane’s innovation footprint and recognise companies, businesses and individuals committed to excellence in innovation.

The results of the survey, the first of its kind in Australia, will demonstrate Brisbane’s achievements in innovation and promote the city as world-class enabler of innovation.

Other key Enable2010 events include the Innovation Series luncheon on the topic of Eco Innovations: Sustaining Industry and the Environment. This is a fascinating series of presentations and panel discussion looking at eco innovations and sustainability, sponsored by Zernike Australia and presented at the Hilton Brisbane on July 19 from noon to 2pm.

There is also a discussion session on the National Broadband Network, Beyond Installation. This timely discussion follows the latest announcements on Australia’s National Broadband Network, looking at the possible futures created through an ubiquitous broadband infrastructure. The event is on Thursday, July 22, from 3pm to 5pm.

On July 23 is a luncheon event titled Future Energy – Future Solutions. As Australia moves to a lower carbon economy, leadership in the energy sector is perhaps more important than in any other industry – and this event tackles the issue in its Friday session from noon to 2pm.

The Australian Innovation Exhibition, an allied event sponsored by Venture Capital Corporation and Business Acumen magazine, will feature on Monday and Tuesday, July 26 and 27, at Reddacliff Place and Brisbane Square, opposite Conrad Treasury Casino. The event aims to showcase Queensland and Australian innovation to the business community and public, while providing opportunties for potential investors to examine innovations and inventions first-hand. Foundation sponsors include the Australian Association of Angel Investors, AVCAL and the Australian Institute for Commercialisation.

The QUT Dean’s Breakfast is on Tuesday, July 27. This not to be missed event discusses the role of higher education in nurturing and championing the innovators of the future.

Wednesday July 28 is the Lord Mayor’s Leaders of Innovation event and the release of Brisbane Innovation Scorecard. The inaugural Brisbane Innovation Scorecard and recognises those companies, businesses and individuals committed to excellence in innovation. The event runs from noon to 2pm.

Throughout Enable2010, Brisbane Innovators’ Showcases will feature, a rare opportunity to look behind the scenes of a number of Brisbane’s successful exporters and innovators. Various dates and times are to be confirmed, but a highlight is the official opening of TechnologyOne’s new headquarters at HQ Fortitude Valley – a location that is a leader in sustainability in Brisbane.


Source: Business Acumen June Edition