Tuesday 21 August:  Evening

Welcome Event: This is an unofficial event for delegates and speakers to network prior to the event should they be inclined. Beverages can be purchased at the bar.


Wednesday 22 August: confirmed Conference day 1 sessions and speakers - 8.00am - 5.00pm

State of the regions and an overview of the future of workJack Archer, CEO - Regional Australia Institute

Breakout Session - Innovation barriers, solutions and priorities in smart regional cities (Sponsored by Wagga Wagga City Council):  Peter Thompson, General Manager, WWCC

What is coworking, incubation and acceleration?:  Joy Taylor - Community Manager, Canvas Coworking Inc; David Masefield - CEO & Founder, Startup Toowoomba, Director Canvas Coworking Inc., Angie West - Space and Collaboration Lead, Pollinators

Councils, chambers and initiatives - The role of council in innovation ecosystems: Dr Stephen Saunders - Section Leader, Industry and Destination Development, Coffs Harbour City Council

Councils, chambers and initiatives - Evocities: An exploration of collaboration: Jo Hewitt - A/G Team Leader Economic Development, Albury City; Project Manager, Evocities

Councils, chambers and initiatives - The role of  the business chamber in innovation ecosystemsKatie van den Brand - Vice President, Bunbury Geographe Chamber of Commerce and Industry Regional Innovation Consultant, Maker + Co and Meshpoints.

Councils, chambers and initiatives - Entrepreneurship is everybody's business: Kerry Anderson - Founder, Operation Next Gen

We need you! Creating a functional workforce development plan for the Riverina (Sponsored by RDA - Riverina): Rachel Whiting - Chief Executive Officer and Director of Regional Development, RDA - Riverina

Cut the Commute - VR and AR is offering a rural, regional seat at the table: Scott O'Brien - CEO & Cofounder, Humense


Wednesday 22 August: Evening - 6:30pm - 10.30pm

The Wave Awards Gala Dinner: Marquee by the Murrumbidgee. Keynote Speaker: Bill Russell - General Manager, International and Commercial, Raine & Horne Group


Thursday 23 August: confirmed Conference day 2 sessions and speakers - 7.00am - 3.30pm

The 8point8 Great Debate! (Sponsored by Hubb Hubb): Teams to be advised shortly! Debate facillitated by Fleur Anderson - The Rural Business Collective

Venture capitalist angel investment for the futureChristine Kaine - Founder, Business Angels

Universities in the innovation ecosystem (Sponsored by Charles Sturt University): Laura Dan - Director Knowledge Exchange and Engagement, CSU

How the use of the internet will impact the future of work (Sponsored by NBN Co.): Amber Dornbusch - Head of nbn™ local NSW, ACT, NBN Co. ; Craig Murphy - Cloud Advocate Leader | Developers, Startups - A/NZ, IBM (Q & A Panellist)

Mobilising the night time economy in your town / city: Harumi Arrascue-Watanabe - Night Time City Project Manager, City of Sydney

Activating vacant spaces across your town/city: Christopher Saunders - General Manager, Renew Newcastle

Where to from here? : Dianna Somerville - The Regional Entrepreneur


More sessions and speakers announced soon!



Keynote speakers, panel members and more information announced soon.

We have been inundated with the response to our EOI for speakers,
there are so many people wanting to be part of this conversation.