Challenge-based Innovation Forum 2019

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National Gallery of Australia

Parkes Pl E, Parkes ACT 2600

Canberra, ACT 2600


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Around the world public and private organisations are turning to ‘the crowd’ for solutions to their key challenges:

  • NASA uses challenges to discover solutions they need for space exploration.

  • UK Government uses challenges to improve patient health outcomes.

  • IBM and Fairfax are partnering with Xprize to unearth solutions to global problems.

Challenge-based innovation is providing new ways of looking at issues and resulting in the creation of unique and innovative solutions. Join us at the Challenge-based Innovation Forum to hear from world experts and learn how it could benefit your organisation. Over this two day forum held in Canberra you will:

  • Hear – insights and experiences from experts from around the globe.

  • Network – with policy makers, private sector providers and innovative companies.

  • Learn – through hands-on workshops on Challenge-based innovation.

Guest speakers include:

  • Matthew Portnoy (SBIR)

  • Sarah Pearson (Innovation Xchange)

  • Matthieu Boutard (Google)

  • Thea Knill ( NSW Government)

  • Jon Hazell (UK Small Business Research Initiative)

  • Nicole Kelly (QLD Government)

  • Milan Konopek (Innovation Solutions, Canada)

  • Zoe Piper (Data61)

  • Jack Mansfeild (Optus)

  • Zenia Tata (Xprize)

  • Ben McNeil (Thinkable)

  • Craig Rogers (Small Business Innovation Research for Defence program)

  • Annie Ryan (Business Research Innovation Initiative)

  • Alan Finkel (Australia’s Chief Scientist)

  • Janna McCann (Bizlab)

  • Charlie Day (Office of Innovation and Science Australia)

Don’t miss your chance to be a part of a world-leading community-of-practice coming together to solve the world’s most prevalent challenges by harnessing innovation


$300.00 AUD plus GST

Ticket Includes:

  • Access to the 2 day forum, inclusive of workshops.

  • Morning Tea, Lunch, Afternoon Tea for the duration of the forum.

  • Networking drinks upon conclusion of day one.

  • Access to the SME demonstration pit on day two.


What are Challenge-based innovation programs?

Challenge-based innovation programs are calls to action aimed at accelerating research, development, and demonstration in problem areas where increased attention would have a significant impact.

Long-standing examples of Challenge-based innovation programs from around the world include the US Government’s Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) program and the United Kingdom’s Small Business Research Initiative (SBRI). Both of which have track records of delivering significant impact in their relevant countries. New initiatives such as Canada’s Innovative Solutions Program and Australia’s Business Research Innovation Initiative (BRII) are gaining momentum, as well as private sector models such as Xprize.

Why are we hosting this forum?

The forum has been designed and implemented by the Australian Government to create a space for leaders to discuss, uncover, and improve their own policies and structures around innovation programs while enabling guests to learn about what programs are in action around the world. The topic of discussion will be focused around the challenges faced within various sections / phases of each individual program.

Who should attend?

  • Representatives from international, national and state government and private organisations involved in Challenge-based programs who are keen to collaborate and share their lessons learnt
  • National and state government agency representatives, including from policy, service delivery, innovation labs and procurement areas who are looking for new approaches to solve long-term challenges

What can I expect to learn and experience

  • Different Challenge-based models implemented in the public and private sectors
  • Successes and challenges from international government programs, including from the US, UK and Canada
  • Changing the culture in government agencies and bringing in outside sources of innovation
  • Strategies to overcome barriers in implementing a challenge model in your agency
  • Australian SME showcase and demonstrations of solutions developed directly to solve agency challenges

Other benefits

  • Draw on the knowledge, expertise, and international connections will assist in establishing your programs next steps
  • Access to an evolving world-class community-of-practice
  • Providing a platform for opinion leaders to share their expertise and global perspective to identify policy.
  • Encouraging agencies to engage in Challenge-based activity and collaborate with each other and with international and state government jurisdictions, including in the promotion of proactive policy development.
  • Sharing lessons learnt from other initiatives to enhance current initiatives and support the design of new approaches.

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