Griffith driving regional innovation at 2018 Myriad Festival

Myriad Festival 2017

Griffith University will once again show its community support and engagement as a partner of the Advancing Regional Innovation program at this month’s Myriad Festival.

The program sees the university engage with both Redland and Logan city councils — along with seven other partners – to highlight the game-changing work being done by a group of innovative regional start-ups and entrepreneurs.

Hologram makers BOP Industries, device management firm EC Connect, fellow program partners Substation 33 and the Community Care Smart Assistive Technology Collaborative will showcase at this pinnacle event.

“The aim of the Myriad Regional Delegation Showcase is to demonstrate the very real ways in which these entrepreneurs and start-ups are making an impact on the world around them,” Griffith Business School Yunus Innovation Programme Manager Ms Celeste Alcaraz said.

“These companies typify a core value of fostering creative, connected, engaged and sustainable communities through their actions, and the showcase will provide a chance for them not only to raise awareness about what’s happening in the local innovation space, but to promote the thriving Logan/Redlands region at large.”

Other businesses comprising the Redlands/Logan delegation for the ARIP program include Brisbane-based robotic solutions company Freelance Robotics, agricultural input purchasing digitisers STOCR, electricity access advocates Powerwells, Wi-Fi visionaries Switchnode, vertical garden purveyors Space Plants Pty Ltd and conflict resolution specialists Adieu.

“Griffith University’s Logan campus has earned a reputation for community and industry engagement in the Logan/ Redlands region,” Ms Alcaraz said.

“Our involvement as an Advancing Regional Innovation partner speaks to the University’s ongoing commitment to supporting entrepreneurship and innovation in the local community. We wish this year’s delegate companies the best for their showcase experiences.”

The annual Myriad Festival brings together the world’s most influential thinkers and entrepreneurs for a three-day celebration of creativity and innovation.

This year’s event, which prides itself on the sharing of information and learning more about globally focused innovative programs and opportunities, focuses on seven key themes: Cities, Health, Food, Money, Work, Play and Culture.

Griffith’s presence there extends beyond its Innovation program partnership, with alumnus and Shoes of Prey co-founder Jodie Fox scheduled to deliver a speech on the future of culture on Thursday 17 May.

In addition, new online experience gifting platform NoExpiry, co-created by a group of Griffith graduates, will be launching during the festival.

The 2018 Myriad Festival is an initiative of Advance Queensland, and will be held at the RNA Showgrounds from 16-18 May.

See the event’s website for its full program and further information.