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Innovation & Collaboration: Are you ready for Economic Development in 2020 and Beyond?

12 July @ 10:00 am - 1:00 pm


EDA Tasmania Presents – Innovation & Collaboration
Are you ready for Economic Development in 2020 and Beyond?

The world is changing rapidly, and Tasmania will need to adapt, innovate and collaborate to keep up. Already identified as a key challenge[1] TECHNOLOGICAL CHANGE, such as artificial intelligence, automation and advances in biotechnology are transforming existing industries and changing the skills required for high-quality jobs.

This Economic Development Australia event will see three exciting presenters looking towards future economic trends, and how economic development practitioners can be equipped to meet these opportunities.

Presenter Nick Palousis will delve into the 4th industrial revolution, unpacking the future of jobs and the impacts of emerging technology. Dave Shering will share how Augmented Reality is already part of economic growth in Tasmania’s tourism sector and how AR might help to drive further economic growth. Daryl Connelly will outline how the Cradle Coast Authority’s Regional Futures Plan is driving economic opportunities in advanced manufacturing, entrepreneurship and innovation in Tasmania’s north-west.

The cost of the ticket also includes Coffee/tea on arrival and lunch, so stay around and introduce yourself to likeminded people.

[1] Australian National Outlook 2019 https://www.csiro.au/en/Showcase/ANO


9.45              Coffee/tea on arrival

10.00            MC, Erin McGoldrick, EDA Tas National Board Member
Welcome and introduction/housekeeping

10.10            Daryl Connelly, CEO Cradle Coast Authority
The Cradle Coast Authority (CCA) led the development of the Regional Futures Plan in 2018, with and on behalf of the region and its nine member councils. The Plan provides the blueprint for an ambitious and collaborative new approach to economic development, which will see economic development staff from councils and other agencies seconded to CCA to work on regional issues and support implementation.  The Plan has been backed by stakeholders as the region’s overarching economic development framework and key strategic response to an ageing workforce and other challenges.  Daryl will talk about the rationale that underpins the approach, and some of the early learnings.

10.40            Nick Palousis, CEO and Founder of 2XE
Industry 4.0: The next wave of economic disruption
What’s coming our way in industry, economic development and jobs

Nick’s presentation will explore how Industry 4.0 presents the next big challenge for economic development strategy, using examples of the field to show how emerging disrupting technologies are converging to present unprecedented opportunities – and risks – for metropolitan and regional economies. Nick’s presentation will conclude by offering practical tips and advice for integrating Industry 4.0 within the economic development planning process.

11.25            Dave Shering, CEO
Augmented Reality and Economic Development – what is happening now, and how might this combination drive future growth.  What does the future look like for AR implementation?  How might Augmented Reality help contribute to economic development practices?  How do we harness the economic benefits of the growing field of AR?  These questions and others will be explored.

11.55            Q&A Panel discussion – Daryl, Nick and Dave

12.10            Networking lunch
Catch up with ED practitioners from around the state and across the sectors

1.00               Forum closed


Daryl Connelly

Before joining the Cradle Coast Authority in mid-2018 as Regional Economic Development Manager, Daryl was the Executive Officer at Switch Tasmania, an organisation that he co-founded to support people with a business or business idea. He holds a Master of Business from the University of Tasmania and is a graduate of the Tasmanian Leaders Program.

Daryl was appointed as CEO of the Cradle Coast Authority in December 2019, to oversee a period of organisational reform, including a renewed focus on economic development and council collaboration. He is Cradle Coast born and bred, and lives at Forth with his wife and two daughters.


Nick Palousis

Nick is a serial entrepreneur and qualified nerd. He is the CEO and Founder of 2XE, an award-winning consulting firm that combines technical expertise, commercial savvy and entrepreneurial spirit to help its clients maximise their productivity and capacity for growth. To date, Nick and his team have worked with over 500 organisations across Australia.

Nick has degrees in Mechatronics Engineering (First Class Honours) and Mathematical & Computer Science. Being an engineer by qualification, Nick takes methodical approach to the development of business strategies that are both practical and bold. To Nick, being a business strategist is more than just a job – it’s a reason for being. Over the past 15 years he’s applied his skillet to almost every major industry sector, both nationally and in over ten countries. His work has been recognised through numerous awards, including a British Council Eureka Prize, and invited to contribute to projects that influence the global economic agenda via the World Economic Forum.

Dave Shering

David Shering is the founder, principal and creative director at one of Australia’s leading Experience Design firms – Handbuilt Creative.  He has a borderline obsession with how user experience (UX) design and emerging technologies can be used together to unlock radical new ways to engage people.  David has spent 20 years exploring how to conceive and inject philanthropic value into user experiences to fuel rapid exponential growth in brand and product advocation – resulting in volumes of pro-active word-of-mouth referrals.

Handbuilt are currently spearheading Australia’s charge into next-gen Augmented Reality, being one of the first companies on the planet to combine a series of emerging technologies to seamlessly and persistently place dynamic 3D experiences into real life locations – to the delight and astonishment of end-users.  The Tasmanian company has received 23 international awards for their work, including one of the World’s highest digital accolades at the Webby Awards in New York. Handbuilt are also Telstra Business Award winners, and employ a team of seven talented staff (and a friendly sheepdog) in their cottage-based HQ in the heart of the historic colonial town of Richmond.

David has designed, developed and managed projects for brands such as Microsoft, Telstra and EY, and Handbuilt enjoys a wide client base ranging from global and ASX-listed brands, through to small start-ups, NGOs and NFPs.


EDA Member $15
Non Member $40


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12 July
10:00 am - 1:00 pm


Economic Development Australia


Blundstone Arena – Ricky Ponting Room
15 Derwent Street
Bellerive​​, Tasmania 7000 Australia
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