The Festival of Ideas brings together members of the community, James Cook University, government departments, the media, and industry to engage in a discussion about what we might do - creatively, innovatively and differently in Townsville.
The Festival provides an opportunity to develop new language, thinking and enthusiasm for what might be possible for each of us individually, and for our community collectively. The people of North Queensland have always been inventive, and our experiences and the solutions we’ve created for ourselves give us a competitive advantage.
The Festival of Ideas will be a day-long event, made up of a symposium in the morning, concurrent masterclasses in the afternoon, and networking in the evening. The Festival will help Townsville to:
Value imagination and help turn ideas into reality
Create ideas by identifying patterns, defining new problems and solutions
Create commercial opportunities in knowledge transfer
Eliminate barriers to growth for micro, small to medium sized enterprises
Build human capacity and capital to support economic and social uplift
Date: Wednesday 2 November 2016 Time: 8.30am – 12noon
Led by master facilitator, Geraldine Doogue, guest speakers will be given 15 minutes to present their views, followed by a facilitated interactive 1 hour Q&A with the audience. Speakers will draw on their areas of expertise to help the audience explore issues related to:
Global Futurism: The intersection of markets and technology and geopolitical shifts (demographics).
Digital Futures: Emerging industries, growth industries, start-ups and connectivity.
Regional Spaces: How do regional places like Townsville, and North Queensland create our own competitive advantage, and make agglomeration economics work for us.
Masterclasses will run concurrently and participants will have the opportunity to attend a different masterclass in each session. Date: Wednesday 2 November 2016 Session 1: 1.30pm – 3.00pm Session 2: 3.30pm – 5.00pm
You'll have the opportunity to participate in two of the following areas of discussion: