CSIRO – AIP Industry Day – December 2016
For many years now the CSIRO in association with the Australian Institute of Physics (AIP) hold an annual industry day mid-November. The day, which is run as a series of presentations by leading industry figures and includes short tours of the CSIRO, always presents something of interest. The theme of the day varies from year to year and in the past themes have included Advances in Aviation and Aerospace, Medical Device Development, Utilising Design and Development Processes, Advanced Materials and Additive Manufacturing Technologies to name just a few. Scintilla director, Ian Johnson, is a regular attendee at the industry day and believes that as designers involved in the creation of innovation it is important to have exposure to as many industry perspectives as possible. This allows broader and more considered thinking which is applied to our client’s endeavours.
The theme of the 2016 Industry day was Exploring the Lifecycle of Tech Startups. With over 250 attendees, the day, which was run by the ever capable Dr Scott Martin GAICD FAIP, explored a number of tech startups associated with the CSIRO’s collaboration hub, as well contributions from external companies, consultants and industry advisors.
We heard about the technical and commercial challenges from speakers who are developing new technology startups involved in the early stage concept to established companies who have already developed high tech products to entrepreneurs and technical and innovation consultants. The day provided a number of viewpoints and highlighted the challenges that new companies as well as established ones face.
A key part of the day are the tours of the CSIRO Lindfield site. Here, taken over the BBQ lunch break the tours include the innovation hub, laboratories and other scientific infrastructure.
Overall the day provides an opportunity to meet people who are at the cutting edge of technology, science and share a passion for developing innovation.