Hunter Innovation Festival





The Hunter Innovation Festival will take place from May 17 – May 27.

Program:  HIF Program 2017 V1




 Smart Ideas – Get Your Smartz ON…

Date: 23.05.17

Time: 6:45am – 9:00am

Venue: Watt Street Arc

Tickets: $27.12 available here

With so much change happening and so much information available, how can you tell what’s SMART for you to take on? Our speakers have their own ideas for building a smarter future? We’ll throw in a few workshop activities and show you how to do an Innovation SLAM to develop ideas and move them onwards and upwards.

Our special guest speaker will let you into the world of pitching and hustling so that your ideas, products and services rise to the top and take centre stage.

Smart Ideas Competition 2017

Do you have a Smart Idea?

It might be a product, a service, or even simply a concept. Your Smart Idea might be about creating a business, helping your community, contribute to the Creative Industries, be focused on health or sport or creating better leisure opportunities.

The top 3 ideas, selected by our panel, will be asked to pitch a 180 second presentation at the Hunter Innovation Festival Smart Ideas breakfast launch on Tuesday May 23 at Watt Street Arc, Newcastle. The winner will be announced at the event.

Prize Package

  • $1000 cash to assist execution of idea
  • Mentoring package from the Business Centre and access to 2 workshops of choice (Value $600)
  • 2 places at a Design Thinking Workshop presented by Ideation At Work (Value $150)
  • Access to Hunter Innovation Festival workshops  ($250)

The Hunter Innovation Smart Ideas Competition is being run in conjunction with the Newcastle Herald. Keep scrolling for details.


You should if you are an entrepreneur, intrapreneur, CEO, leader, business owner, manager or anyone who has an idea to pitch and a product or service to sell. Want to start-up, scale-up or simply get the innovation where you are?

Light Breakfast

A real coffee (think latte and flat white and cappuccino) and light breakfast will be served from 6:45 – 7:15 in the foyer. We will move into the theatre ready to start the presentations at 7:20am.

Please pre-feed your parking meters to be on the safe side…

Smart Ideas Competition 2017

How to Enter

Entries may be submitted in a written format or through video.

Written entries must be 500 words or less, and be accompanied by an illustration or photographs of the product or concept.

Video entries must be no longer than 3 minutes.

Email entries to with the  Hunter Innovation Smart Ideas Competition in the subject line. Videos can be emailed or delivered to the Newcastle Herald offices.  Competition closes at 5pm on Wednesday 10th May.

Selection Criteria:

  • Innovative concept/product/service
  • Identification of problem that is being solved
  • Identified target market
  • Readiness to transition from idea to execution. Your idea may already be in development.
  • Availability on the morning of Tuesday May 23.