Past Events

16-Nov-2018 Northern Rivers Clean Energy Hackathon

               

When

 16 + 17 November 2018 

Facilitator

EnergyLab and the Southern Cross Enterprise Lab

Venue

Southern Cross Enterprise Lab, Level 3, A Block, Southern Cross University

Cost

Free

Description

Are you interested in the potential of business and technology to address challenges such as decarbonising our electricity grid, making transport more sustainable, or turning waste to renewable energy? Then we hope you will join us and other like-minded people for the EnergyLab Northern Rivers Clean Energy Hackathon.

EnergyLab and the Southern Cross Enterprise Lab have teamed up to organise this 1.5-day event to bring together a diverse group of people to come up with and develop clean energy startup and social enterprise ideas. This will be a great opportunity to meet new people, work on an interesting idea, learn something new, and have some fun. The winning team will receive prizes and support to help them make their idea a reality.

Everyone is welcome to participate, so whether you're a cleantech expert or new to the area, can code or not, are a hackathon junkie or a first-timer, we hope we'll see you there.

We'll provide everything you need, including great workspaces, all meals, and plenty of snacks to keep you fueled! Teams will receive mentoring from industry, business and tech experts to develop their ideas, business models and pitches.

EnergyLab is committed to growing new energy businesses that reflect the diversity of the communities they serve. We strive for equality, inclusivity and accessibility, and we encourage all people to participate in this event. If you have any concerns about attending this event, please email odette@energylab.org.au.

  • Friday 16 November, 5:30pm - 8.30pm
  • Saturday 17 November, 8.00am - 7:00pm

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14-Nov-2018 Energy Storage: Opportunities and Challenges Beyond the Hype


Wednesday 14th November, 5.30-7.30pm


This presentation will detail the practical, economic opportunities for energy storage, review current major deployments, and investigate some of the significant challenges that remain regarding the practical deployment of energy storage in the Australian context.

Guest Speaker: Dr Glenn Platt, CSIRO

Glenn leads the Newcastle Energy Centre and is Deputy Director of CSIRO's Energy business unit, focusing on solving the energy challenges of consumers, business, and grids. Glenn's particular interests range from solar cooling, electric vehicles, smart grids and the integration of large-scale solar systems, through to energy futures modelling, economics and understanding people’s response and uptake of particular low carbon energy options. Through his work Glenn has spun out or started up 8 technology businesses, in solar, batteries, and energy. Glenn is a graduate of Harvard Business School, holds PhD and electrical engineering degrees from the University of Newcastle Australia, and is an adjunct professor at the University of Technology, Sydney.

Prior to CSIRO, Glenn worked in Denmark with Nokia Mobile Phones on the standardisation and application of cutting-edge mobile communications technology. Before his time in Denmark, Glenn was employed in an engineering capacity for various Australian engineering consultancies, working on industrial automation and control projects.

Glenn is a Vincent Fairfax Fellow, and a recipient of the Australian Financial Review Young Executive of the year award.

Refreshments will be provided by an affiliate company.


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14-Nov-2018 Newcastle Members and Miners End of Year Networking Event

When

14 November 2018 5pm-7pm

Facilitator

Austmine

Venue

Harbourview Function Centre, Wharf Road, Newcastle

Cost

Nil

Description

Austmine's Members and Miners End of Year Networking event provides an opportunity to celebrate with industry colleagues and the Austmine team at the end of a fantastic year for our industry.

Together mining and METS companies have reached new heights in 2018 and are ushering in an exciting digital age driven by new technologies, innovative thinking and collaborative problem-solving. This collective strength and support has enabled Austmine to explore new frontiers for our members throughout the year, such as the creation of international initiatives and projects, facilitation of key industry workshops, increased networking opportunities and greater influence to advocate for our world-leading METS sector.  

The event will facilitate new connections between METS and miners in attendance and will include short presentations, a collaborative group problem-solving challenge and networking drinks and canapes. 

Please note spots for this event are limited to two per company. 

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14-Nov-2018 Business Development Forum

When

14 November 2018 7.30am - 8.45am

Facilitator

Hunter Business Chamber

Venue

Greenhouse, New Lambton Bowling Club, Tauranga Rd, New Lambton

Cost

See prices here

Description

Speaker:  Melissa Edyvean, Bondi Chai Owner

Guest Speaker: Dr Natalie Gillam, Regional Manager Network – Central Coast, Hunter and North Coast, AusIndustry – Business Services at Department of Industry, Innovation and Science 

Topic: From small business to global brand – follow the Bondi Chai pathway to international success

Melissa will share how and why they structured Bondi Chai as an outsourced business so that it could provide them with a lifestyle and not just a job and how that helped grow the business to become an international success.

 

Includes: Gourmet breakfast

RSVP: Monday 12 November 2018

Please advise any dietary requirements upon booking

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14-Nov-2018 Resources & Energy Forum @ HunterNet Office

When

14 November 2018 8.00am - 9.30am

Facilitator

HunterNet

Venue

HunterNet Office, 755 Hunter Street, Newcastle West

Cost

Nil

Description

Resources & Energy Forum

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14-Nov-2018 Planning Your Website and Online Marketing Moruya

                           

When

14 November 2018 10.30am - 2.30pm

Facilitator

Southern Region Business Enterprise Centre

Venue

Moruya Golf Club Evans Street Moruya

Cost

$25 

Description

Facts and Snacks...

Is your website attractive to your potential customers and can they find you easily online?

If you’re not sure that your online presence is working as well as it could be, why not take a bit of time and join us as we guide you through some of the key strategies you need to understand in order to plan and develop a website that works for you.

There will be a break between sessions with lunch provided so take the opportunity to network with the presenter, Chris Edwards and the other participants – you never know what connections you will make and where these could take you…

Then in the next session, discover some cost-effective online marketing strategies to pull more people to your website.

Session One: Planning a Website that Works

A typical mistake many business owners make is to get caught up in the design of their website – the look and feel. But the images and colours come later.

If you have a poor website, you are effectively sending your potential customers to your opposition. You only have seconds to grab them before they search again.

Before worrying about the look and feel of your website, the most important activity you can do is identify the strategy and structure that underpins it. The key to website effectiveness starts and finishes in the planning phase. Your website needs to have just enough to pull people in but not too much that it overwhelms them. Don’t miss this important session and learn ways to make your website work for you.

Your website is your home on the Internet and for many businesses, your website is the first place your customers will discover you. Why not make your home as welcoming as it can be?

Session Two: Cost-effective Online Marketing

Once you have a website that works, cost-effective online marketing will be significantly easier - your site will do most of the pre-sales or sales for you.

Your job then is to simply focus on getting people to your website.

During this session you will look at various ways of increasing your marketing cost-effectiveness online, starting with Search Engine Optimisation and then discussing some other strategies that can drive customers to your online home with little more than petty cash and a little time.

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13-Nov-2018 EcoTech: How to Save the World by 2040

Tuesday 13th November, 6-8pm

About This Event

The UN Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change has just warned us what a 1.5 degree temperature change would look like if we don't take action now. While our Prime Ministers are too busy changing & debating about whether climate change is a myth, three local startups are taking things into their own hands and making it their life's work to help make the world a better place.

General Assembly have partnered up with GrowLab & EnergyLab to bring you three startups changing the world for good. Hear from experts in environmental entrepreneurship, and sustainability who will share their insights into how the startup industry can impact the environment. There will also be time for Q&A with the experts and networking with fellow professionals interested in social impact and climate change.

What you'll learn:
- Why we need to take action and help the environment
- Each of their personal founding stories
- Challenges and learnings they've faced
- How to start your own for the environment startup

Why It Matters: With the growing urgency to preserve our planet, it’s crucial to stay informed on the latest technology, find innovative ways to make a positive impact on the environment, be mindful of our corporate footprint, and connect with like-minded people to turn ideas into action.

Schedule:
6:00pm Check ins, grab a free drink & mingling
6:30-7:00pm Three Lightning Talks
7:00-7:20pm Panel
7:20pm-7:50pm Audience Q&A

For more information and to register, visit here


13-Nov-2018 Gullen Range Wind & Solar Farm Tour Crookwell

                                 


When

13 November 2018 11am - 2pm

Facilitator

Gullen Range Wind Farm

Venue

Crookwell Hotel Bistro 101 Goulburn Lane Crookwell 

Cost

Free

Description

Gullen Range Wind Farm and Gullen Solar Farm are excited to announce the launch of their Wind and Solar Farm Tours. The tours are a great opportunity for the community to visit Australia’s first co-located wind and solar farm, which is located along SERREE‘s (South East Region of Renewable Energy Excellence) Renewable Energy Trail.

Come and see how a wind and solar farm works. Get up close to a wind turbine and a solar array. Find out more about renewable energy.

What to expect on the tour

The tour will be about 2.5 hours long and will comprise approximately 2 hours on the minibus tour itself and 30 minutes at the Crookwell Hotel Bistro, where you can enjoy light refreshments and a mini information display. Children are welcome on the tour, but they’ll need to be able to sit quietly on the bus for the length of the tour. Please consider this, especially if you are bringing very young children.

If you require special assistance, please let us know on the booking form and we’ll see how we can help. You will need to be able to get on and off the minibus yourself, or have someone with you to assist. The tour will involve walking on short sections of uneven ground, however you can choose to stay on the bus if you prefer.

As you will be visiting an operational wind and solar farm, we ask you to wear closed, sturdy shoes and appropriate clothing for all weather types (sunny, rainy and/or windy). Please note that there are no toilets on the minibus. However, there will be an opportunity to use toilet facilities at the wind farm and at the Crookwell Hotel.

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08-Nov-2018 Mining’s Next Horizon Webinar Series: Part 1 - The Next Generation of Minerals – Powering Mining into the Future

When

8 November 2018 12.30pm-1.30pm

Facilitator

Austmine

Venue

Online

Cost

Nil

Description

The mining industry is ushering in a new way of operating, transformed by disruptive innovations, advanced digital technologies and the Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT). This webinar series examines the rapid changes occurring in our industry and creates a vision of the future of mining.

New technologies and alternate energy are transforming minerals demand around the world.

Central to this is the battery revolution. Innovation and technological advancements are creating a future where traditional fuels like gas or diesel can be replaced by cleaner and potentially cheaper energy-storage batteries. This is driving demand for commodities needed in the production process of battery technology, including lithium, cobalt, graphite, platinum and nickel.

This webinar will examine the changing landscape of the mining industry driving demand for the next generation of minerals.

This webinar will explore:

  • Drivers of the demand and uses for the next generation of minerals

  • The global outlook for lithium and other battery commodities

  • Technology utilised for extraction and production of battery minerals

  • Key mineral deposits, jurisdictions and projects

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08-Nov-2018 Digital Bootcamp Ballina

                           

When

 8 + 9 November 2018 

Facilitator

Netstripes

Venue

TBA

Cost

$44.55

Description

Digital Bootcamp is a must-attend workshop for start-ups and small businesses who are serious about growing their business using new innovation and digital readiness techniques. This program covers following topics: Small Business Digital Readiness, Customer Persona and Buying Cycle, Design Thinking and Lean Start-up, and Growth Hacking for Small Business.


Key concepts covered:
- you will learn and be inspired by a leading authority on digital readiness and innovation for small business;
- what is digital readiness for small business and why is it so important;
- important aspects of digital readiness;
- the six traps small businesses must avoid to achieve digital readiness;
- the four steps in achieving digital engagement of your prospective customers;
- how to build a road map to achieve digital readiness;
- the importance of customer persona;
- understanding your customer’s buying cycle;
- three ways to develop customer persona;
- strategising based on your customer buying cycle;
- converting customer needs into products and services based on persona and their buying cycle;
- innovation principles for every business;
- four Priorities and four characteristics of the best innovators in the world;
- design thinking and lean startup model to bulletproof your business;
- validation board: principles and practice;
- what is growth hacking and why it is must for every small business;
- growth hacking strategies for small businesses;
- growth hacking for startups;
- five ways to achieve viral growth. 

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