Leading the STEM entrepreneurship events in NSW #SparkFest

By Dr Astha Singh

Australia’s largest festival for startups, innovators and entrepreneurs kicks-off this month from 19th Oct – 4th Nov. Spark Festival 2018 has brought along a line-up of Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) inspired events with a flair for business and entrepreneurship.

Along with learning about communicating STEM concepts to the wider society, learning about entrepreneurship in STEM is also vital. It will better prepare the next generation of the STEM workforce with a stable channel for discovery, innovation and enterprising talent. It will also continue to impact society and to inspire the younger generation to pursue STEM disciplines. We want to help them pursue the 21st century STEM careers and not just the jobs. These prospects that are already thriving successfully may include intellectual property protection, technology commercialisation, technology transfer, data science, cyber security, synthetic biology, biotech, ag-tech or simply being entrepreneurs to commercialize their ideas with building products or technical services.

Whether you are getting started in a science related career or have a strong inkling to work on an idea. Are you an innovator, student or executive? Or do you just have flair to learn? With more than 140 events (mostly free) this festival is a one-of-a-kind opportunity to connect and find your place in the world of entrepreneurship. The selection of events across NSW in STEM will set the platform up for learning, networking, professional development and discussions.

Below is a list of STEM inspired events during the 16 days of #SparkFest 2018

  1. Create innovative apps to help regional NSW flourish
    27-28 October 2018, all day event, University of Technology Sydney
  2. Innovation and Commercialisation of Sustainable Technology
    24 October 2018, 7pm-8pm, Stanton Library, North Sydney
  3. Nandin at ANSTO
    26 October 2018, 9.30am-12.30pm, ANSTO, Lucas Heights
  4. Robotics WorkShop
    20 and 27 October 2018, 1.30pm-3.30pm, Manly
  5. Spin on Spin outs
    29 Oct 2018, 2pm-5pm, Sydney Startup Hub
  6. Tales from the Hardware startup World
    25 October 2018, 5.30pm-8pm, CSIRO Lindfield
  7. The Future of Energy
    22 October 2018, 6pm-8pm, University of Sydney
  8. The role of Women Entrepreneurs in tackling Climate Change
    30 Oct October, 5.30pm-8pm, Energy Lab Chippendale
  9. Transport for NSW: Co-Developing New Technology
    23 October 2018, 10am-11.30am, Sydney Startup Hub
  10. Women In STEAM
    1 November, 12.30pm-4pm, Sydney Startup Hub
  11. How to build physical products
    25 October, 6:30pm — 9:00pm, University of Technology Sydney
  12. IP housekeeping before you scale in Ag-Tech
    25 October 2018, 7:30 am – 9:00 am, Norton Rose Fulbright Australia
  13. Sydney Climathon
    26 October — 27 October, 5:30pm — 8:00pm, Energylab Chippendale
  14. Turning Trash Into Cash: Innovation in up-cycling
    26 October, 10:00am — 3:00pm, Funhouse Studio
  15. 3D Printing for Humanitarian Needs
    27 October, 2:00pm — 4:00pm, The Learning Space, Rhodes
  16. CannaTech Sydney
    28 October — 30 October, 10:00am — 4:00pm, Doltone House, Sydney
  17. The Save On Meats case study
    29 October, 8:30am — 11:00am, Sydney Startup Hub
  18. Driving the Red Meat Industry to Carbon Neutrality
    1 November, 5:30pm — 7:30pm, Cicada Innovations
  19. Minimum Viable Security | practical tips
    2 November, 12:30pm — 2:30pm, Sydney Startup Hub
  20. Design Thinking & Coding for Kids
    27 October, 10:30am — 4:00pm, Blacktown

You can follow #SparkFest on Twitter and Facebook on @SparkFestivalAu and LinkedIn on @spark-festival. For more information and to register for events please log on to www.sparkfestival.co