Local government co-hosting innovation summit next week

International experts in creating smart, sustainable cities will speak at a two-day summit in the City of Logan this month in a bid to accelerate the innovation journey for communities across Queensland.

Unpacking Innovation, on 18-19 May at Springwood, is the first in a series of events encouraging all levels of government, education and business to share ideas, collaborate and fuel innovation.

Speakers from the United States, Spain, Canada and the United Nations will feature in the program alongside Australian experts from CSIRO, QUT, Queensland Health, Lendlease, Pacific Group and a range of small businesses.

City of Logan Mayor Luke Smith said the event was the first of its kind for local government and presented an exciting opportunity for collaboration across industries, bringing local and international industry and community leaders together to connect, collaborate and co-create.

“This event will mark the start of an important series of conversations about unpacking innovation, what it means and its role in next generation local government,” Mayor Smith said.

“Everyone can contribute ideas to help shape the liveability, productivity and sustainability of our towns, cities and regions.

“There is so much innovative work happening in our local areas, so we’re inviting people from throughout our community to join us to help turn inspiration into tangible actions and outcomes.
“By kick-starting this series of conversations we hope to create an ongoing learning and sharing environment that will help shape better communities for everyone.”

Minister for Innovation, Science and the Digital Economy and Minister for Small Business, Leeanne Enoch said the changing world required a focus on innovation to ensure Queensland continues to grow and thrive in a shifting global economy.

“If we are to succeed in the future we must invest in new ideas, create new connections and cultivate new industries and job opportunities,” she said.

Minister Enoch and the Minister for Local Government and Minister for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Partnerships, Mark Furner, encourage business and community representatives to join the discussion on new approaches as a State.

The program and free tickets are available at https://www.unpackinginnovation.com.au/

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