Innovation Week 2012

What is it all about?

Innovation Week 2012 is innovation in action! It’s all about collaboration and creativity – sharing new ideas, solutions and priorities to get better results and outcomes.

Events

Innovation Week 2012 is full of open public events and internal agency activities. Some of the key open events include:

  • GovHack (1-3 June) – A two-day event that brings together government, industry and academia to ‘hack’ government data, design interfaces and find better ways to encourage open government. Major grants and prizes are up for grabs over the weekend
  • Keynote address (10:00 – 11:00 am, 4 June) – Dr Bronwyn Harch, Deputy Director, Sustainable Agriculture Flagship, CSIRO will set the scene for Innovation Week 2012. This session is being hosted by Department of Agriculture, Fisheries and Forestry at DAFF National Conference Centre, 7 London Circuit, Canberra City
  • GovCamp (5 June) –leading thinkers and experts across the public sector, academia, industry and civil society join to discuss innovation in government. This is a chance for people to  share knowledge, learn, develop skills, design new services, collaborate and network
  • Connecting and collaborating (10:00 – 11:30 am, 5 June) – Doing it alone won’t get the best results. Damian West from the Australian Public Service Commission and Garry Reynolds from Department of Sustainability, Environment, Water, Population and Communities will discuss ways to connect with diverse stakeholders for excellent outcomes.  This session is being hosted by the Department of Agriculture, Fisheries and Forestry at the National Conference Centre, 7 London Circuit, Canberra City
  • TED talks about great leadership (11:45 – 12:45 pm, 5 June) – Two amusing and inspiring TED talks set the scene for a discussion about leadership, facilitated by Dr Jane Gunn from the APSC. This session is being hosted by Department of Agriculture, Fisheries and Forestry at DAFF National Conference Centre, 7 London Circuit, Canberra City
  • World Wind tour of earthquakes and Australia’s mineral resources (Tours 10am, 12pm and 2pm, 5 June) – Come along to Geoscience Australia in Canberra to take part in a virtual 3D technology tour exploring some of Australia’s key national geophysical and mineral datasets. This will be followed by a visit to the operations hub of the Joint Australian Tsunami Warning Centre. Three public tours will be offered at 10am, 12pm and 2pm on Tuesday 5 June, with numbers strictly limited to 20 visitors per tour
  • SES breakfast (7:10 - 8:45 am, 6 June) – special guest Professor Sandford Borins will speak on the ‘The future of innovation in Government’ at the APS SES breakfast. Professor Sandford Borins is Professor of Strategic Management at the University of Toronto and author of key works on public sector innovation
  • Co-creating with communities (11:30 – 12:30 pm, 6 June) – three academics from Australia and the United States talk about catalysing and energising the intentional co-creation of new knowledge and ideas utilising “community” expertise.  They will explore our understanding of what it is to innovate and, based on the growing body of knowledge on this subject and their own research, will explore the possibility of applying intentional innovation principles to different “community” contexts. This session is being hosted by Department of Agriculture, Fisheries and Forestry at DAFF National Conference Centre, 7 London Circuit, Canberra City
  • Searching the Deep Earth seminar (11:00am – 12:00 pm, 6 June) – Geoscience Australia geophysicist Richard Chopping will present a public seminar on the topic of Searching the Deep Earth: uncovering Australia’s hidden mineral wealth. The seminar will explain the cutting-edge techniques being used to discover Australia’s mineral resources, and explore some of the innovative high performance computing research being undertaken to help uncover Australia’s hidden mineral wealth
  • Public Lecture (12:30-1:30pm, 6 June) – Professor Sandford Borins will give a public lecture ‘Old and New Stories: Narrative and Innovation in Public Management’ – hosted by the Crawford School, Australian National University
  • Pressure cooker – adding value under heat (3:00 – 4:00 pm, 6 June). Farming is not necessarily just about sheep and cattle. Come and share some delicacies from the smokehouse cafe at Poachers Pantry and insights from owner, Sue Bruce, about innovating in the rural sector. Susan Bruce established Poachers Pantry, a gourmet smokehouse, on the family farm close to Canberra over 20 years ago. Facing the loss of their leased farmland in the ACT, Susan needed to make their small property financially viable and after considering a number of alternatives decided to establish a smokehouse producing high quality smoked meat, poultry and game lines for restaurants, hotels and airlines.  Susan will talk about how she identifies opportunities to expand the business and turn a rural location into a strong branding opportunity. This session is being hosted by Department of Agriculture, Fisheries and Forestry at DAFF National Conference Centre, 7 London Circuit, Canberra City
  • GovJam (6-7 June) – This exciting two-day event is an opportunity for public servants to come up with new ideas and practical solutions to a real issue facing government. Design mentors from the private sector will be there to provide advice
  • The value of foresighting (2:00 – 4:00 pm, 7 June) – This session will introduce and discuss the value of foresighting tools such as horizon scanning, emerging issues analysis and risk mapping. This session is being hosted by Department of Agriculture, Fisheries and Forestry at DAFF National Conference Centre, 7 London Circuit, Canberra City
  • Chocolate flavoured science (10:00 – 11:00 am, 7 June) – When you think of your favourite sweets, does innovation ever come to mind? Ever thought of how the science behind lightweight materials from Defence applications could be used in confectionery? How about using 3M technology for chewing gum, or South American frogs’ nests for chocolate? Physicist Dr Sarah Pearson—CEO of ANU Enterprise and former Open Innovation Champion at Cadbury’s—reveals the weird and wonderful scientific secrets behind some of your favourite goodies. This session involves all the senses—taste, smell, feel, touch and hear. Hosted by the Department of Agriculture, Fisheries and Forestry  at the National Conference Centre, 7 London Circuit, Canberra City
  • Innovation network event (4:00 – 6:00 pm, 7 June) – An exciting opportunity for members of the public sector innovation network to meet with one of the world’s leading thinkers in public sector innovation, Professor Sandford Borins. Professor Borins will speak about public sector innovation and its links with narrative (‘storytelling’). This will be followed by informal networking with the Professor and other members of the innovation network. This session will be jointly hosted by the Department of Industry, Innovation, Science, Research and Tertiary Education and the Department of Agriculture, Fisheries and Forestry at the National Conference Centre, 7 London Circuit, Canberra City
  • Landing New Ideas (11:45 am – 12:45 pm, 8 June) – The Western Australian Land Information Authority reveals its secrets to sourcing great ideas from employees. This session is being hosted by Department of Agriculture, Fisheries and Forestry at DAFF National Conference Centre, 7 London Circuit, Canberra City
  • National Broadband Network – how will it change our lives? (1:30 – 2:30 pm, 8 June) – Why are we building a National Broadband Network, and how will it change the way we work and live? The Department of Broadband, Communications and Digital Economy reveals the answers. This session is being hosted by Department of Agriculture, Fisheries and Forestry at DAFF National Conference Centre, 7 London Circuit, Canberra City
  • Inspire me safari – a series of Innovation Week sessions involving some of Canberra’s national attractions. A brochure of the events is available [PDF 712KB][Word 62KB].

Social Media

The Twitter hashtag for events for Innovation Week 2012 is #innovationweek.

Blog posts, videos and other links of interest relating to or arising from Innovation Week will be added here.

Background

In 2011 the Department of Agriculture, Fisheries and Forestry held an inaugural Innovation Week from 2-5 May. It was a great way of showcasing innovation and sharing ideas from the public and private sectors.

In 2012 a number of agencies and stakeholders are building on this initiative, making it an even bigger and more exciting event.  

Innovation Week 2012 is supported by the leaders of the APS. The Innovation Action Plan, which was endorsed by the Portfolio Secretaries, states “Recognising that long term value is captured through dissemination and diffusion of innovations, the APS and its agencies will institute mechanisms to recognise, celebrate and share innovation efforts. This will be done by … agencies holding innovation themed events to discuss, share and celebrate public sector innovation within their agencies.”

The activities and outcomes of Innovation Week 2012 will be reported on to the APS Secretaries Board.

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11 comments

  1. For those interested GovCamp (5 June) will be live streamed from http://www.govcampau.org/.
    GovJAM (6-7 June) will use Ustream http://www.ustream.tv/channel/inspire-centre and we will be streaming mentor presentations and general activity.

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  2. The link to the breakfast information PDF is dead.

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  3. How innvative this would be if some events were held outside of Canberra…..

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    • A number of the events will be live-streamed (we will provide the relevant info when it is confirmed) and agencies and teams were encouraged to think about hosting events in other locations.

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    • Actually, GovHack is running in Sydney and Canberra simultaneously :) It’s like a 48 hour hackfest using government data and competing for prizes. Should be cool, check it out. http://govhack.org/

      GovHack (1-3 June) and GovCamp (5 June) will both be livestreamed, so you can tune in wherever you are. Just tune in to the websites on the day http://govhack.org and http//govcampau.org

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  4. Is there an RSVP / contact person for the Innovation network event (4:00 – 6:00 pm, 7 June) – or do we just turn up?

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  5. Are any of these initiatves streamed online?? Would be great if those outside Canberra could access some of the events.

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    • We will add links here for any events that are recorded and subsequently made public (we are aware that the events are quite Canberra-centric).

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      • Thanks Alex, appreciated.

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