Australian Innovation

Hunter Central Coast Innovation Festival Award Winners

The Closing Event for the Hunter Central Coast Innovation Festival (HCCIF) was held last Friday 21st May at NBN Studios, Newcastle.

60 business leaders and event holders attended the function where the success of the 2010 Festival was celebrated, Festival sponsors and supporters were recognised and Hunter Central Coast Innovation Award winners were announced. NBN’s recent innovations and digital technologies were also showcased by CEO, Deborah Wright and TAFE students demonstrated their skills in food preparation and performing arts.

The highlight of the event was the announcement of the HCCIF 2010 Innovation Awards. Chairman of the HCCIF Neville Sawyer AM announced joint winners of the Hunter Innovation Award.

Coal Services won for its innovative and world class virtual reality training facilities at Argenton and Singleton where miners are exposed to real situations within both an underground and open cut mine in a technically advanced simulated environment.

Newcastle Innovation was also chosen as a 2010 winner for its event Australian Clean Coal: Research, Development and Demonstration. Guests were exposed to the latest information from leading experts from around Australia on carbon capture; carbon storage; integrating renewable energy sources with coal-fired power generation; and alternative applications for clean coal.

Central Coast Chair of the HCCIF, Frank Sammut, presented the Central Coast Award to Silvertrees Web Development for its innovative internet based solutions for business. Derek Taylor, Industry and Investment NSW, was also recognised for his role in working with Silvertrees to develop an on-line expo site to coincide with the launch of the Hunter Central Coast Innovation Festival.

“With 47 events and more than 3,500 people attending these events, the Hunter Central Coast Innovation Festival has proved to be a great success in 2010” said Neville Sawyer AM, Chairman of the Hunter Central Coast Innovation Festival.

“The Hunter and Central Coast regions are increasingly gaining recognition for being innovative and the support for this year’s Festival is testament to this.
Events focusing on Mining, Health, Education, Energy, Industry and Business, Environment and Diversity showcased the Hunter and Central Coast’s innovative products, services, equipment, technology, science and engineering and it’s highly skilled, dedicated and inventive workforce.” continued Mr Sawyer.

“The Hunter Central Coast Innovation Festival 2010 has been three weeks full of events showcasing innovation across the Hunter and Central Coast. RDA Hunter has been proud to co-ordinate the Festival which would not have been possible without the support of our sponsors, especially the State Government through Industry and Investment NSW.”

“Innovation and creativity is a key priority for RDA Hunter. The HCCIF is a great platform to increase public awareness about the importance of innovation and creativity for the Hunter and Central Coast and RDA Hunter will be working to make the Hunter Central Coast Innovation Festival even more successful in 2011” continued Mr Williams.

Supporting the Hunter Central Coast Innovation Festival in 2010 were Industry and Investment NSW, RDA Hunter, RDA Central Coast, Morgan Cradock, AusIndustry, TAFE Hunter Institute, University of Newcastle, NSW Business Chamber Central Coast, Gosford Council, Wyong Council, Hunter Valley Research Foundation and the Australian Innovation Festival.

Our media partners were NBN Television, 2NURFM, The Herald and 2GO.
For more information about the HCCIF contact Todd Williams on 4908 7300 or Kate O’Mara on 0412 303 744.
Coal Services: Belinda Ward 6571 9954
Newcastle Innovation: Andre Urfer 4921 8777
Silvertrees: 4368 6674
Derek Taylor: 4340 8700

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