As the final Festival of Ambitious Ideas for 2019, we will be celebrating some of the emerging start-ups and entrepreneurs working on innovative projects from a range of different sectors – technology, social enterprise, creative industries and academia.

 Canberra is full of problem solvers who have the drive, talent and inventiveness that can be harnessed to launch new ventures and create new industries. 

“Beta Festival’ is the theme for the upcoming Festival of Ambitious Ideas, a unique event filled with ideas and viewpoints from all corners of Canberra.

The quarterly event is a collaboration between local innovation consultancy, Lighthouse Business Innovation Centre, and the Canberra Airport. It is designed to be fast-paced and informal, following the Ignite format where speakers each only have 5 minutes to tell their story and ‘ignite’ the audience.

“The Festival of Ambitious Ideas provides a platform for the intersection of different fields and disciplines; where academics, public servants and entrepreneurs; experienced speakers and students can all engage in conversation,” says Anna Pino Lighthouse CEO.

The inspiration for the event comes from the Medici family, who in 15th century Italy were instrumental in bringing together scientists, poets, artists and architects in the town of Florence. Here they swapped ideas, learned from each other, and collaborated. This brought about one of the most creative and innovative periods in history - the Renaissance.

“The Festival of Ambitious Ideas brings together people in Canberra who are prepared to give things a go and do something bold,” says Ms Pino.
The speakers for this Festival of Ambitious Ideas include:

Kate Freeman from The Healthy Eating Hub - “The Power of Incremental Change for Diet” 

Dr Andrew Horsley from Quantum Brilliance - “Quantum computing with diamonds”
Rachael Coghlan and Kate Nixon from CraftACT – “Design Canberra Festival”
Linda Cavanagh from Canberra Cyber Security Innovation Node – “Police, Hackers & Cyber: The National Missing Persons Hackathon”
Olga Imbriano from Bellelis – “How a passion and dreams turned into a business”
Brad Butt from Mens Health Downunder – “Lifting the kilt on men’s health”
Emma Hamilton from YouGoCo – “Resolving Problems in Business”
Dr Omar Zuaiter from Dentroid Technologies – “Dentroid®: Needleless, noiseless and pain-free dentistry on-demand”
Lisa La Maitre from Therapy Masters – “Be All of Me”
Stephen Trowell from PPB Technology – “Evolution is cleverer than we are – adventures in building better biosensors”
Jess Barnes from Feather and Barb – “A New Kind of Fit”
Phil Preston from Smart Blox – “Replacing the chain: Putting renewable energy in the right hands”
Kathy Ehmann from Community Toolbox Canberra – “A library of things”
Shannon Pickles from Lightning Rock – “'Metaphysica - Changing the world through Virtual Reality'”


Friday 29 November 2019
5:30pm - 9:00pm

Brindabella Conference Centre
33 & 35 Brindabella Circuit
Brindabella Business Park
Majura ACT

$55.00 (General Admission*)
$35.00 (Students)

*General Admission discount available for groups of 3 or more people ($35.00 per ticket)

Ticket price includes entry to the event, canapés and drinks.


The Festival of Ambitious Ideas is proudly sponsored by the Canberra Airport