Geelong Innovation Expo 2016

April 1, 2016

expo16Event date: 15 June, 2016                   

The fourth annual Geelong Innovation conference and Expo was held this year on the 15th of June at The Pier in Geelong. The annual Expo is a business conference event that brings local industry leaders, Deakin University, the CSIRO and more together to present new ideas and extend our local innovative culture. Presenters show you the latest from industry / Deakin partnerships highlighting collaboration and new technology. We are pleased to confirm that the Expo was officially opened by Victoria’s Minister for Small Business, Innovation and Trade, Hon Philip Dalidakis.


Lunchtime Keynote Speaker – Larry Lopez, Director of Accelerating Commercialisation an AusIndustry initiative to assist SMEs, entrepreneurs and researchers to commercialise novel products, processes and services.

Andrew Jones – G2 Innovation, once again Andrew will inspire us with practical steps towards a permanent innovative culture

Emily White and Sean Warren (Boomaroo Nurseries) working towards their goal of the most innovative commercial nursery in the world.

Chris Gilbey (Imagine IM) and Ross George (Austeng) – announced plans to produce graphene in Geelong at the Austeng facility. In production now!

Prof Maria Forsyth – Associate Director of the ARC Centre of Excellence for Electromaterials Science (ACES) where she leads the research effort in metal-air batteries and the development and understanding of new electrolyte systems.

Prof Kon Mouzakis – Director of Deakin’s Software and Technology Innovation Laboratory

Dr Alessandra Sutti (Deakin)  – Novel material from lab to market – how to find the shortest time to production

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Backwell / Sanford IXL – new technology in rapid prototyping

Davies Collison Cave – intellectual property experts

RDV Geelong Office – your connection to business advice and assistance from the Victorian Government

Print in 3D – Paul Cartwright and co will have the latest to show you in the world of 3D printing

Cleantech Innovations Geelong – new local projects in sustainability

IISRI – haptic feedback remote ultrasound machine

Furnace Engineering – supplier of carbon fibre manufacturing equipment

ManuFutures – the newly announced industrial incubator for future technology – to be built at Deakin Waurn Ponds

ATS Applied Tech Services – new automation technology

Research Commercial – your link to Deakin University researchers

CSIRO – supporting local Geelong innovation

Deakin Industry Innovation Unit – your connection with the CADET facility at Deakin University

Conflux Technologies – new designs and processes in 3D metal printing

Carbon Nexus –

Phillips Ormonde Fitzpatrick- experts in intellectual property

Industry Capability Network – your connection with major projects in Australia

ACID – Australian Centre for Infrastructure Durability

Institute for Frontier Materials – Advancing technology in novel materials for any industry

Textile Composite Industries – a whole new industrial base to be gained from hemp products

Upstart Challenge – providing a program to promote the next generation of entrepreneurs

Virtualex – additive printing new innovative heat exchangers

This year we had more opportunities for you to network new ideas and new business with industry and Deakin people at the Expo while also offering a great line up of presenters. A formal lunch concluded the morning. This is the premier free event promoting Geelong innovation.

More details available from Michael Williams, Industry Innovation Manager, 0439 882366 or


The Geelong Manufacturing Innovation Expo 2016 has received funding from the Australian Government, Department of Employment. Funding was also received from Enterprise Geelong and Deakin University.