Latest Newsletter- Speakers and other stories for Regional Innovation Week

More news on Regional Innovation Week in the Bega Valley. Topics in this newsletter :-


  • Welcome to our speakers – Startuppers, Corporate High-flyers, and outstanding young people


  • Ed Husic Federal MP and Opposition Spokesperson on Innovation to cut the ribbon for CoWS Creativity Suite and speak at Hackagong Bega


  • Find a hustler, hacker or hipster – Co-Founder Speed Dating…our funnest event!


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Just under two weeks to Regional Innovation Week (Wed 27 April to Tues 3 May)

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It’s hotting up for Australia’s first ever Regional Innovation Week and the stories just get better. Here are some snapshots of where things are at :

Headline Speakers including Jane Cay founder of Cooma’s online fashion high-flyer Birdsnest and Zac and Dan from rapidly emerging StartUp Crowd Carnivore

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Attendees at the  Regional Technology Decision-Makers Forum on April 27thwill get a great insight into the Birdsnest success story from CEO Jane Cay, and her hard-working CIO, Anthony Marshall. Dan Tarasenko and Zachary Sequioa of fast-rising local startup, Crowd Carnivore ( will also be joining us for the SeaChange StartUp Camp. Other terrific speakers include :-

  • Max Kaye, creator of the Flux software solution to democratise politics – SMH article here.

  • Dr Sarah Pearson Head of Canberra Innovation Network

  • Aidan Coleman, CEO of Bega Cheese

  • Alison De Kleuver, Executive Director Programs and Operations, Ernst & Young

  • Brendan Yell of StartUp Grind (our MC for StartUp Camp)

  • Pete Cooper, The Start Society and iCentralCo

  • Tricia Pye, The Tec Exec, MatchMaker in residence

  • Tim Mahlberg,  specialist in the ‘Future of Work and the Digital Workplace’

  • Nathan Waters, founder of Hackagong

  • Shawn ‘the Ninja CIO’ Raines, Manager ITBS, Queanbeyan City Council

  • Cr. Michael Britten – Mayor for Bega Valley Shire Council

Ed Husic Federal MP and Opposition Spokesperson on Innovation to cut the ribbon for CoWS Creativity Suite  and speak at Hackagong Bega

Ed Husic is a formidable member of Federal Labors’ senior team, and as Opposition spokesperson on Innovation, participates passionately in the national debate over policy direction in relation to everything from suitable tax laws for Startups to broadband availability. He will join Innovation Week on Friday the 29th and plans a busy day participating in a panel discussion, cutting the ribbon on CoWS Near The Coasts creativity suite, and addressing the hackers at Hackagong Bega.

Find a hustler, hacker or hipster – Co-Founder Speed Dating…our funnest event!

Its probably a widely shared view that duos or trios have better odds of succeeding than solo-flyers, particularly if the founding partners have complementary personalities – the so-called hipster-hacker-hustler dynamic.  Our Co-founder speed dating gives you a chance to see who’s around, and get a glimpse as to where another person may be heading and a deeper conversation may result. Who knows, you may link up with that perfect startup partner you always dreamt about!

Thanks to Tricia Pye, the Tec Exec, who will run proceedings on the night – more info here.

All the deets…

All the details – times, locations, everything can be easily accessed at our dedicated web-page

Promote via the Poster – At the website (, a poster is available to download – please pop a poster up at your workplace or local community venue.

We’ll get back to you with more details and updates in a about a month’s time…but if you want to keep abreast of things…please join the IntoIT Sapphire Coast Google Group –

Or get in touch on with any questions.

A big thank you to our partners, sponsors and cooperating groups :-

  • Lighthouse Innovation – visit here.

  • Bega Valley Shire Council – visit here.

  • University of Wollongong Bega Campus – visit here.

  • Department of Industry and Investment – visit here.

  • Bega District News – visit here.

  • Hackagong – visit here.

  • Questacon – visit here.

  • Inspiring Australia – visit here.

Other News and Activities :-

Code Night at CoWS Near The Coast Digital Co-Working Space (Bega) – first Thursday of every month – next event May 5th.

The numbers are growing. Taster for next month – Bash on Ubuntu on Windows (if we can get hold of it) and more fun with Leap Controllers. Also the WISPs guys will be working away on their Internet Blackspot Elimination technology For more details visit

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Best Regards,

Liam O’Duibhir

Co-founder IntoIT Sapphire Coast (

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