Registration opens at 8.30am

MC: Cherie Topfer

SPEAKERS – 9am to 12.30pm

Sarah NoletA globally recognised food systems innovation expert and the CEO of AgThentic, a global food and agriculture technology consulting firm.

Dr Sultan Linjawi
Working with Coffs Harbour-based technology company, Thirsty Studios, Dr Linjawi has been able to assist and educate people world-wide on how to manage diabetes.

William Gooderson
The 5 Golden Rules For Startup Sustainability. An Associate Principal with our sponsor FoundX-Crowe Horwath, Will brings a wide range of experience in civil and military project and program management.

Rick Chisholm
Founder of InnovestSME, this communications expert works helping owners of small to medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) achieve and exceed their business goals.

Demogene Smith
The Future of E-Health


While grazing on some delectable finger food wander the stands to uncover the up and coming businesses of the region. Hear their elevator pitch, test their product, discuss their market, share your feedback and help make them the next local success.

PITCH FINALISTS – 2pm to 4.30pm

Kiss Ankle Co – Craig  Hubbard
An ankle brace that works with the joint’s own bio-mechanics to prevent, repair and regenerate ankle injuries.

Smart Trail – Chris Winn
A physical network of low energy bluetooth beacons designed to engage visitors via smart devices throughout the Coffs Harbour area.

Rate Us App – Lorraine Chowdury
An app for clients in the aged care, disability and education to provide feedback on the service they receive.

Oxygen Health Clinics – Peter Stone
The establishment of a world class hyperbaric medical unit at the Specialist Medical Centre, Coffs Harbour.

Dreamtime Mentors – Matthew Smith
A Zero Waste education consultancy that develops, designs, manufactures and supplies zero waste reusable products.

Thrive – Sarah Pryor
An app that connects individuals, groups, businesses and organisations to local volunteer opportunities.

Move To My Town – Roger Tindale
Website and app designed for users considering a move to towns and cities in regional and rural Australia.


The workshops are supported by Macquarie University and their experts will also be on hand to guide the student builders. Participating students were selected by submitting brief essays on robots and what they would like to create.

10am to 11am – Students in Years 5 and 6

1pm to 2pm – Students in Years 9 and 10


4.30pm to 5.30pm – Celebrate the successes of the day with drinks and nibbles.