From: Schedule, InnovationACT, 2009
Date Event Speaker 30th April Introduction to Innovation Seminar Benjamin Shine 6th May Intellectual Property for Innovation Seminar Robert Miller (Spruson and Ferguson) 13th May Team Formation Evening 20th May Product and Market Definition Seminar John Hemphill (Pyksis) 27th May Financial and Resource Management Seminar Nick McNaughton (Blue Cove Ventures) 3rd June Environmental and Social Sustainable Seminar ANU Green 10th June Business Plan Writing and Presentation Seminar Lachlan James 1st July Elevator Pitch Competition Monday 20th July Business Plans and Presentations Due 22nd July Business Plan Presentations 29th July Gala Awards Dinner
Thursday, April 30, 2009
Innovation ACT Launch
Greetings from the launch of Innovation ACT at "spacedock" (aka John Curtin School of Medical Research) the Australian National University in Canberra. This is a program to teach innovation to students at the ANU and University of Canberra. The guest speaker was fabric artist Benjamin Shine, with hsi work including a portrait of President Barack Obama. As well as art, Benjamin does commercial design work, including the logo for the Aphasia Alliance (a topic I was lecturing on today). After a series of seminars on how to turn an invention into a product or service, the students (and staff) from teams, prepare proposals and compete. The winners receive practical experience to implement their idea. One innovation with the program is that it is no confined to profit making patented idea, but can include non-profit open source community benefit idea. John H. Howard, author of Innovation, Creativity and Leadership talked at the launch. The program events are open and a entertaining as well as informative. As part of the program I will be speaking at the "Environmental and Social Sustainable Seminar",6pm, ednesday, 3rd June. My postings from last year's program are also available.
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I am not convinced that innovation can be taught, though people can be taught some of the tools of innovation.
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