The Summit featured some of Queensland’s most eminent leaders with 300 people attending from government, business, academia and industry.

Open by Hon. Annastacia Palaszczuk MP,  Premier and Minister for the Arts

Premier’s Opening Address

Session One: Positioning Queensland as a Research and Education Powerhouse

MODERATOR – Dr Cherrell Hirst AO


Professor Peter Coaldrake AO, Vice-Chancellor,  Queensland University of Technology

Dr Stefan Hajkowicz, Principal Scientist in Strategic Foresight, CSIRO

Professor Sandra Harding, Vice-Chancellor and President, James Cook University

Professor Peter Høj, Vice-Chancellor and President, The University of Queensland

Professor Ian O’Connor, Vice-Chancellor and President, Griffith University

Professor Jan Thomas, Vice–Chancellor and President, University of Southern Queensland

Session One Recording

Session Two: Robotic Revolution

KEYNOTE AND MODERATOR – Dr Catherine Ball, Managing Director, Elemental Strategy


Professor Jonathan Roberts, Professor in Robotics, Queensland University of Technology

Professor Mandyam V Srinivasan AM, Professor of Visual and Sensory Neuroscience and Electrical Engineering Queensland Brain Institute and The University of Queensland

Ivan Storr, CEO & Co-Founder, Blue Ocean Robotics Australia

Session Two Recording

Dr Catherine Ball’s Presentation

Professor Roberts’ Video

Professor Srinivasan’s Video

Session Three: Growing Regional Queensland

MODERATOR Professor Jim Cavaye, Program Director, University of Southern Queensland


Councillor Matt Burnett, Mayor of Gladstone

Kevin Byrne, Chief Executive Officer, Advance Cairns

Shane Charles, Chairman, Toowoomba and Surat Basin Enterprise

Councillor Margaret Strelow, Mayor of Rockhampton

Session Three Recording

Session Four: Secrets of Innovation Success

KEYNOTE AND MODERATORSteve Baxter, Entrepreneur, investor, and ‘Shark’ on Shark Tank Australia


Hon. Leeanne Enoch MP, Minister for Innovation, Science and the Digital Economy and Minister for Small Business

Nicholas Marchesi and Lucas Patchett, Co-Founders, Orange Sky Laundry

Sarina Russo, Founder and Managing Director, Sarina Russo Group

Mark Sowerby, Founder and Managing Director, Blue Sky Alternative Investments

Session Four  Recording

Summary Report on the Summit.

Mark your Diaries – Thursday 24 August 2017, Hilton Brisbane Hotel.

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