Australian Innovation

NSW Government Launches 2010 Australain Innovation Festival

The 2010 Australian Innovation Festival will feature over 600 events promoting innovation across the nation, Minister for State and Regional Development Ian Macdonald said today.

Mr Macdonald said the ninth annual festival, which was launched in Sydney today, runs 26 April to 30 May and will feature more than 200 events in NSW.

"This year's festival theme is Building Sustainable Businesses, signifying not only the growing need for environmental awareness but also the challenges of prospering in an increasingly competitive global environment,” Mr Macdonald said.

"Innovation and sustainability are working hand in hand. Innovation is driving business sustainability and the need for greater sustainability is driving innovation.

"Innovation remains key to meeting our future challenges and supporting prosperity through improvements in productivity and business competitiveness.”

Mr Macdonald said the 2010 Australian Innovation Festival will increase public awareness about the importance of innovation by focusing on three pillars of future economic growth - excellence in research, development and commercialisation.

"NSW remains committed to supporting innovation to help maximise jobs, productivity, investment and exports in key sectors of our economy and to build an educated and clever State,” he said.

"The NSW Government’s continued endorsement of the Australian Innovation Festival is part of that commitment.”

Parliamentary Secretary Noreen Hay said the NSW Government will be involved in a number of events in this year’s Australian Innovation Festival to be held in Sydney, the Hunter and Central Coast, Illawarra and North Coast.

"Some highlights include NSW Manufacturing Week from 3 May which will inspire and encourage manufacturers to be more innovative through workshops, seminars and site visits," she said.

"The NSW Government has committed $50,000 over two years to support a coordinator for the highly successful North Coast Innovation Festival which will run throughout May, with regional businesses coming together to share new ideas.

"Industry & Investment NSW will then stage MicroBiz Week 31 May to 4 June, a week of dedicated workshops and events targeted at the solo, home based and micro business sector."

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