Griffith supports public innovation as major sponsor of 2019 BiiG Conference

Griffith University is proud to announce its support of innovation in the public sector as the major sponsor of the 2019 Business Innovation in Government (BiiG) Conference, being held in Brisbane this October.

Griffith’s presence at the conference extends to presenters, including its keynote speakers — Mr Alex HannantandAssociate Professor Ingrid Burkett, the co-directors of the University’s Yunus Social Business Centre, based in Logan — as well as presenters, such as Griffith Business School Dean (Engagement) Professor Anne Tiernanand Social Marketing @ Griffith DirectorProfessorSharyn Rundle-Thiele.

“At the Yunus Centre, we firmly believe that the development of innovative, collaborative business practices and policy can lead to better outcomes for people, and that ultimately leads to inclusive and sustainable growth,” Associate Professor Burkett said.

Said Mr Hannant: “Griffith’s involvement in the BiiG Conference is a natural reflection and extension of the institution’s strong values to engage with industry and community in ways that are inclusive, effective, and sustainable.

“This is a partnership that makes sense, and Ingrid and I are excited for the opportunity to discuss ourexperienceof what makes social innovation work, and how it can be a valuable tool for the public sector.”

Taking place from 29-30 October at the Brisbane Convention and Exhibition Centre, the 2019 conference will explore the theme of The Changing Work of Innovation — Next-generation Leadership and Practice for Public Value and Social Impact.

Attracting more than 500 public sector leaders annually, the BiiG Conference — a Queensland Government initiative hosted by Queensland Treasury — will this year transition to the national stage for the first time, opening its doors to all of levels of government across Australia and related university and non-government organisation partners.

“Griffith has a 40-year tradition of thought leadership and positive engagement with government and industry to effect positive change in our communities,” Professor Tiernan said.

“The University is proud to be supporting the first BiiG Conference to be welcoming representatives from Queensland and around the country. We look forward to playing a key role in helping to drive and shape the discussion about the opportunities and challenges that Australia’s public sector faces in becoming and remaining a trusted and respected partner to governments, businesses, citizens and communities.”

For more information, see the conference’s website.