What is Innovation Month?
Innovation Month 2014 (7 July – 1 August) is a practical exploration of innovation for members of the public service and its partners. It is about sharing ideas, experiences, techniques and challenges.
The theme of Innovation Month 2014 is ‘Empower, Collaborate, Transform’.
- How can I get involved?
- Cross agency events list
- Posts about Innovation Month
- Event ideas
How can I get involved?
Innovation Month 2014 is a collective effort, led by interested people in public sector agencies, working together and with others outside of the public service who value innovation.
- You can attend an event! Have a look at the list of events and see what appeals (please note events are being added as they are finalised)
- You can organise an event – on your own or with your colleagues! If you would like to run an event but want some assistance, you can look at our ‘how-to-guide’ to event management which offers guidance on helping you prepare your own event
- If you would like to organise an event but need some ideas about different types of events, you might get inspiration from this list
- You can register your event! If you would like register your event with us for listing on this page, you can complete the event registration form (available here) and psi [at] industry.gov.au?subject=Registering%20an%20event:%20Innovation%20Month%202014">send it to us (preferably by 6 June). Even if your event is only for people within your agency, it would be great to include it in the list to let other people know what’s happening, so send it on to us
- You can help organise Innovation Month! If you would like to participate in organising Innovation Month, please psi [at] industry.gov.au (subject: Innovation%20Week%202014) (email the team)
Additional information about Innovation Month, event suggestions and briefing will be added here and on the blog in the lead up to July 2014. You can also follow developments on Twitter using the #PSInnovate14.
Cross agency events list
Events are being added as they are finalised. Please check the registration pages for specific event details. Current events scheduled include
- 7 July Innovation Month Launch Glenys Beauchamp PSM, Secretary to the Department of Industry, will launch Innovation Month 2014. The Launch will share some of the latest developments and highlight the broad scope of innovation underway in the APS, as well as being the formal opening event for the Innovation Month 2014 programme. An event for members of the APS, 11:00am to 12pm, Canberra.
- 7 July Innovation Podcasting This introduction to podcasting as a social knowledge tool is a complimentary 1-hour session (repeated over 2 dates). The session will highlight some of the key methods, tools and mindsets needed for knowledge-based podcasting. Presented by the team behind the international Gov 2.0 Radio podcast, it will be hosted in the state-of-the-art podcast studio at the University of Canberra's INSPIRE Centre.
- 7 – 28 July: Innovative Solutions Competition Teams will collaborate, using their subject matter expertise, to construct a potential implementation plan for their idea. This is intended to be a learning a development opportunity around problem solving, design, prototyping, and creative thinking. An event for DHS staff only.
- 8 July Innovation Summit 2014: Pattern Breaking and beyond… The Pattern Breaking and beyond Summit will be an interactive, informative and inspirational event allowing you to walk away with practical tools on how to nurture new ideas, whether they are simple or more sophisticated, within your organisation. An open event, 9:00am to 5:30pm, Scarborough House, Atlantic Street, Woden, Canberra. Tickets cost $48
- 10 July Policy Visualisation Network Discussions The Policy Visualisation Network will be running a series of discussions in this half-day event based in Canberra with online participation available in various cities around the country. Speakers will be the Acting Australian Statistician of the ABS, Jonathan Palmer, Senior Researcher from the Department of Parliamentary Services Toby Bellwood, Director of the Capability & Standards Spatial Policy Branch at the Department of Communications, Tim Neal, Director - Coordination and Gov 2.0 at the Department of Finance, Pia Waugh, and Branch Head of the ABS Customer Services Branch Merry Branson. 9.30am to 12.00pm. Various locations. Click your city link below to register for the event: Canberra Sydney Melbourne Brisbane Adelaide Hobart Darwin
- 10 July Change Governance and Alternative Models for the Public Sector Changes and innovation in public sector management and governance affect all public service agencies and employees. This presentation will compare public sector management in Australia with other Anglophone countries. It will raise awareness of effective change mechanisms, and alternative models for the public service. Presented by John Halligan, Professor of Public Administration, Institute of Governance and Policy Analysis at the University of Canberra. An event for APS Staff, 2.00 - 3.00pm, Canberra.
- 10 July: Foreign Ideas. Three staff get a platform to share an innovative idea or unique external experience in a TEDx-style event. Topics will encompass a range of foreign policy, trade, aid and development issues. An event for DFAT staff only.
- 10 July Google Glass a certain reality The Department of Education will present a forum on wearable technologies. Alexander Hayes, from the University of Canberra and University of Wollongong – will look at the socio-ethical implications of wearable technology in education. Matthew Purcell (and students) of the Canberra Grammar School – will share their experiences of the application of Google Glass in school based learning and provide a demonstration. Department of Education, 10-11am,Canberra.
- 11-13 July GovHack An open data competition that runs across the country simultaneously. GovHack seeks to draw participation from anyone in the community that has an interest in unlocking the potential of data, innovation and entrepreneurism. You will have access to freshly released data to create apps, data visualisations, mashups, ideas, art – unleash your creativity! Join in, enjoy the free food and compete for kudos and the chance to win amazing prizes! An open event, 3pm 11 July – 6pm 13 July (AEST), in a number of Australian cities.
- 14 – 18 July iDHS Online Forum POWER Challenge For one week, the iDHS Online Forum will host a Challenge asking staff to provide their ideas on how they should be recognised and rewarded for innovative ideas that lead to change in the department. The iDHS Team will host the challenge and will monitor the iDHS Online Forum throughout the week. An event for DHS staff only.
- 15 July What’s it like to be in a Start-Up? A perspective from industry – At this Innovation Month event Rory Ford, local entrepreneur and founder of Canberra co-working space Entry 29, will share his experience on what it’s like to work in a start-up and the start-up scene in Canberra (An event for Department of Industry staff only)
- 15 July Is Australia ready for the public service to be truly innovative? Hear public sector leaders and commentators discuss whether Australia is ready for a truly innovative public service. Traditionally, the words, innovation and public sector, in close proximity in the same sentence have caused some nervousness. Is it the fear of failure through doing something different? And, sometimes, is it just too hard to justify and rationalise some fails as part of the overall innovative process. $77pp (including GST) for IPAA ACT Members $110pp (including GST) for Non IPAA ACT members, 6:00pm to 7.30pm, Questacon Learning Centre, Deakin.
- 16 July Geospatial forum - Australian Urban Research Infrastructure Network The Australian Urban Research Infrastructure Network (AURIN) is a powerful new tool for urban research, planning and design funded through the National Collaborative Research Infrastructure Strategy (NCRIS). Presenters from AURIN will show some of its many capabilities, highlighting its innovative design and the benefits it can bring to researchers from many fields. 11.00am-12.30pm,Department of Education, Canberra.
- 17 July What might the public service of the future look like? – At this Innovation Month event Jane Treadwell, former CEO of DesignGov, and Alex Roberts will discuss the lessons from DesignGov and what such innovation labs might indicate about how the public service is changing (An event for Department of Industry staff only)
- 17 July Uncomfortable Ideas for the Public Service – ‘Failure: is it the dirty word that we can all learn from?’ Two senior presenters will discuss failure and its role in innovation at the first of this lunchtime speaker series about the uncomfortable ideas that might be inhibiting innovation in the public service. An open event, 12pm, Canberra. Presented by the Department of Industry and supported by NICTA’s eGov Cluster.
- 17 July The datagovau birthday bash Join us for a 'live' GovCampus recording (formerly Gov 2.0 Radio) featuring John Sheridan, Australian Government Chief Technology Officer and Pia Waugh, Australian Government Director Coordination and Gov 2.0, joined remotely by international special guests Prof Sir Nigel Shadbolt, co-founder of the Open Data Institute, UK, Jacques Mailloux, CIO, Elections Canada, and Richard Pietro, of the Open Government Tour 2014 (#OGT14), Canada. An open event, 5:30 PM to 7:00 PM, the INSPIRE Centre, University of Canberra
- 18 July Risk & Innovation Canberra This workshop, run by the Australian Centre for Social Innovation, is for anyone serious about innovation and developing policy and programs that are more effective at creating social outcomes. The event will explore innovation and risk from a range of perspectives and will focus on how to reduce the risk of innovation and how to use innovation to reduce risk. An open event, 1 - 4pm, Canberra.
- 19 July GovCampAU This year Innovation Month will feature the first nationally ’networked’ GovCamp. Building on GovCamps from previous years, the events will be an 'unconference’ style with participatory sessions and social knowledge sharing on a range of innovation themes. So far, Innovation GovCamp events have been confirmed in Canberra, Sydney, Melbourne and Brisbane with other cities to follow. An open event, 10:00am-5:00pm.
- 21 July Risk & Innovation Melbourne This workshop, run by the Australian Centre for Social Innovation, is for anyone serious about innovation and developing policy and programs that are more effective at creating social outcomes. The event will explore innovation and risk from a range of perspectives and will focus on how to reduce the risk of innovation and how to use innovation to reduce risk. An open event, 1 - 4pm, Melbourne.
- 22 July Idea management systems: the devil’s in the details This interactive workshop, featuring expert input from public servants with experience in developing and maintaining systems, will explore developing idea management systems and some of the challenges an organisation can face in implementing the popular innovation tool. An event for members of the APS, 2 – 4pm, Canberra.
- 22 July Future State 2030 looks at the future of the public service as we know it. How will government position itself to handle megatrends including shifting demographics, the rise of the individual, economic interconnectedness, economic power shifts, climate change and urbanisation? Run in conjunction with KPMG. DFAT Building, Barton, Canberra.
- 23 July Learning about Design This one day workshop, led by the Design Capability team from the Department of Human Services, will cover the what and why of design, design principles, frameworks and tools, and using design in the workplace. An event for members of the APS, 9:00am to 4:30pm, Canberra. (Now fully subscribed, a waitlist for tickets is in place).
- 23 July 2014 Science Talk: Geoscience Australia’s leading role in the Open Data Network This talk by Dr Sue Fyfe and Tim Mackey will explain the series of projects over the past few years that have cemented Geoscience Australia’s role as a leading exemplar of Open Data across the Australian Government. This talk is presented as part of Geoscience Australia’s Wednesday Seminar series. Open event, 11am-12pm Wednesday 23 July Sir Harold Raggatt Theatre, Geoscience Australia, Canberra. Free, no bookings required.
- 23 July The Great Innovation Debate; Innovation should make you feel uncomfortable 12:00 P.M. – 1:30 P.M. 23 July, An event for DHS staff only.
- 23 July Risk & Innovation Adelaide This workshop, run by the Australian Centre for Social Innovation, is for anyone serious about innovation and developing policy and programs that are more effective at creating social outcomes. The event will explore innovation and risk from a range of perspectives and will focus on how to reduce the risk of innovation and how to use innovation to reduce risk. An open event, 1 - 4pm, Adelaide.
- 23 July The Art of Intrapreneurship: How to innovate like an entrepreneur This short, 3.5hr hands-on workshop is for passionate and purpose-driven Government employees who wish to develop their entrepreneurial skills to create a more innovative & collaborative culture in their organisation. Being facilitated by leading intrapreneures in government, you will lead your own learning journey through a selection of the topics such as rapid prototyping and pitching, relational mapping, and piloting. These topics have been drawn from a combination of disciplines across entrepreneurship, social sciences and design-thinking that is currently being used in Government organisations to help drive innovation. An open event, 9:00am to 12.30pm, Melbourne.
- 24 July Uncomfortable Ideas for the Public Service – ‘Leadership or Leadersunk: are new models of leadership needed for innovation in the public service?’ Two senior presenters will discuss leadership in the modern APS and how it can support innovation in the public service at this second event in the lunchtime speaker series on uncomfortable ideas that might be inhibiting innovation in the public service. An open event, 12pm, Canberra. Presented by the Department of Industry and supported by NICTA’s eGov Cluster.
- 24 July Risk & Innovation Sydney This workshop, run by the Australian Centre for Social Innovation, is for anyone serious about innovation and developing policy and programs that are more effective at creating social outcomes. The event will explore innovation and risk from a range of perspectives and will focus on how to reduce the risk of innovation and how to use innovation to reduce risk. An open event, 1 - 4pm, Sydney.
- 25 July Creating a culture and environment for Innovation Dr Jill Charker, CEO of ComSuper will talk about how ComSuper is taking the first steps to create a culture of innovation and will touch on how ideas don’t have to be big to have a real impact before introducing Paul Lowe, Head of the 2011 Australian Population Census program. Paul will talk about how the problem of increasing lack of participation in the Census was addressed through an innovative communications campaign. An event for APS staff, 1.30pm to 3pm, Belconnen.
- 28 July 2014 Design Thinking Crash Course. This crash course is a 2-hour long, fast-paced, hands-on project which will take you through a full design cycle and provide you with an opportunity to try out design thinking. No artistic talent, design experience, or knowledge about design thinking is required at all! You just need a willingness to participate - it'll be fun, noisy and highly interactive! Facilitated by Clare Conroy (Sticky Note Consulting) using a methodology and materials developed by the Institute of Design at Stanford University. For APS staff only, 10:00am to 12pm, Department of Communications, Forrest, Free.
- 28 July Local Innovations Show us how you’ve solved challenges in your workplace! The iDHS Team will be launching a new, permanent page on the iDHS Online Forum that highlights innovative ideas that staff have implemented in their work areas. Staff will be able to submit stories, photos, and other images detailing the problem they’ve solved and how. By highlighting staff creativity, the iDHS Team hopes to encourage innovating thinking as well as add to a growing culture that celebrates innovation and invention. An event for DHS staff only.
- 29 July Doing more with less: Do networks work? Communities of practice, working groups and networks can help organisations innovate by giving people a way to share knowledge and to collaborate on policy and program issues. A lively panel discussion will explore communities of practice, working groups and networks. How do they leverage the knowledge of members to develop policy? Do they impact program delivery? Are they always the answer for time-poor staff? An event for DFAT staff only.
- July 29 Innovation Month Lunch Seminar: Creative Capital presented by Peter Dawson It’s Innovation Month and to celebrate we have invited Peter Dawson, author of the new book Creative Capital to talk to staff about the many inventions and innovations to come out of Canberra. An event for IP Australia staff only.
- 30 July Cross-agency collaboration – what’s the magic ingredient? Collaboration is a key component of effective innovation. This workshop, jointly run with the Department of Industry and Department of Education, will look at what makes for successful inter-agency collaboration. An event for members of the APS, 9:30am – 12:00pm, Canberra.
- 30 July Transforming Public Consultation in the UK using Electronic Channels Consultation with the public is core to government function and a critical part of service delivery and change; frequently these consultations are paper-based, labour intensive, and only elicit response from a particular demographic. This interactive webinar will cover how the Local Government Boundary Commission for England has transformed their consultation portal to broaden their consultee base, and how the Registers of Scotland is crowd-sourcing data from interested stakeholders via an innovative portal to perform their regulatory function. An open event, 1pm-1.45pm (AEST), online
- 31 July Uncomfortable Ideas for the Public Service – ‘Create or Decline: Can you be an effective public servant if you’re not innovating?’ Two presenters will discuss whether a changing world means that it is becoming more risky to stick with the status quo, and whether for individual public servants innovation will be a core part of their role. This is the third event in the lunchtime speaker series on uncomfortable ideas that might be inhibiting innovation in the public service. An open event, 12pm, Canberra. Presented by the Department of Industry and supported by NICTA’s eGov Cluster.
Innovation Month 2014 is being supported by a number of external partners. Partners include:
- GovCamp Australia
- Institute of Public Administration Australia, ACT Division
- NICTA’s eGov Cluster
- !NTHUSE program at University of Canberra INSPIRE Centre
Posts about Innovation Month
- 20 May: ‘Proposed event for Innovation Month’
- 8 May: ‘Innovation Month 2014 – oh, the things you’ll see!’
- 16 April: ‘Collaborating across agencies – what’s the magic ingredient?’
- 26 March: ‘What (could be) happening at Innovation Month 2014’
- 19 March: ‘Innovation Month 2014: the how-to-guide to event management’
- 12 March: ‘What you want from Innovation Month 2014’
- 5 March: ‘Innovation Month 2014: Empower, Collaborate, Transform’
- 18 February: ‘Innovation Month 2014 – Dates and Running Events’
- A lot of creative ideas come from connecting different types of knowledge or experience and applying it to new areas. Why not invite in an expert speaker from another agency, another profession or another sector that could have relevance and insight to how your agency does things? Or get some people together to watch a TED Talk that might inspire some ideas for your agency?
- If you know someone in your agency who has skills in running activities relating to creativity, design and innovation, or just how to do one thing better, why not ask them to run a mini class to share their knowledge with others in the organisation?
- Ever considered doing a massive open online course (MOOC)? Why not get a few people together from your agency or others and do a course relating to design, or innovation, or something that might help you develop new approaches for the problems faced by your agency(ies)?
- What are the key ideas, innovations and creations that affect your job now? Why not hold a lunch-time trivia event and include some questions that show how innovation matters to everyone
- What are the key things that are making it harder for you to do your job? What drives you mad when trying to do your job? Why not have a brainstorming session with your colleagues to explore some ideas about how things could be done differently?
- Black Swan Challenge – A black swan challenge is an invitation to an agency’s staff (or a sub-group of the agency) to try and identify possible unexpected events that could impact on the agency’s work
- Foresighting/horizon scanning – what are some of the ‘out there’ trends and developments that might impact your work area in the future? It may not happen for a long time (or at all) but an important part of innovation is about responding to innovation and change from outside of your organisation. The best way to do that is to first identify possible developments on the horizon. Why not get together with your team to discuss some of the things at the ‘edge’ that might affect what your team does?
Innovation Month 2014 is supported by the leaders of the Australian Public Service (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.”
You can read about previous innovation events:
- Innovation Week 2011 – in 2011 the Department of Agriculture, Fisheries and Forestry held an inaugural Innovation Week (2-5 May)
- Innovation Week 2012 – in 2012 a number of agencies and stakeholders collaborated, making Innovation Week 2012 (1-8 June) an even bigger and more exciting series of events
- Innovation Month 2013 – in 2013 there were even more events, spread over Innovation Month (20 May – 14 June).