Social Innovations 2016

Social Innovations 2016

12 speakers discuss Social Innovation as part of the Festival of Ambitious Ideas on 18th August

‘Social Innovation’ is the theme for the upcoming Festival of Ambitious Ideas, a showcase of Canberra’s innovators, game-changers and status quo challengers to be held on the 18th August.

Opened by Georgina Byron CEO of the Snow Foundation, the Festival of Ambitious Ideas provides an opportunity for twelve speakers from a range of different industries and perspectives to share their experiences, successes and challenges and discuss the impact social innovation can have on people’s lives.

Lighthouse CEO Anna Pino says, “The Festival of Ambitious Ideas celebrates the many innovative businesses and entrepreneurial individuals who contribute to our city.”

“Speakers will explore topics such as food rescue programs, community wind farms, youth empowerment and innovation, embedding a social purpose in a for-profit business, bridging the education gap and more.”

The event is designed to be fast-paced, informal and fun and follows the Ignite format where speakers each only have 5 minutes to tell their story and ‘ignite’ the audience.

The twelve speakers are:

  1. Nathan Steggel, Windlab
  2. Frances Crimmins, YWCA Canberra
  3. Cathy Jackson, Niamh Martin and Deakin Jewell - Radford College Food Rescue Program
  4. Craig Fitzgerald, Aspen Medical
  5. Deb Evans, Tjillari Justice
  6. Melanie Saballa, ACT Government - ACT Microcredit Loan Program
  7. Noreen Vu, OrangeSky Laundry
  8. Ian Ross and Lee Harrison, Homeshare
  9. Matt Tripet, The Fly Program
  10. Michael Bones, Future Super
  11. Richard Etherington, Kokonut Pacific
  12. James Gutteridge, Teach for Australia



01 June 2016


Festival of Ambitious Ideas


Address :

Unit 6, 65 Tennant Street, Fyshwick ACT 2609

Phone :

+61 2 6163 8300


+61 2 6163 8399


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