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Lord Mayor seeks out city's problem solvers

Lord Mayor Adrian Schrinner has once again called for the city’s small business, entrepreneurs, academics & corporate leaders to come together to solve Brisbane’s city-wide challenges.

The call comes as part of the 2019 Brisbane Innovate Summit, a program which provides residents and businesses the opportunity to work side-by-side to solve Brisbane’s big questions.

Now in its fourth year, the annual summit will take place on Wednesday 9 October at Brisbane Convention and Exhibition Centre and will see approximately 400 locals develop solutions to three key challenges: 

• Amplifying small business growth: How can we make Brisbane a city of small business powerhouses for ongoing economic growth and job prosperity?
• Innovating for construction: How can we use technology and innovation within the property and construction industries to drive sustainability and efficiency?
• Engaging out of town students: How can we empower regional and international students to connect with and contribute to Brisbane?
Lord Mayor Adrian Schrinner said Brisbane’s own residents and businesses offered a wealth of experience. 

“We’re looking to bring together a wide cross-section of the city’s ecosystem which includes small business owners, startups, academics, students and everyone in between,” Cr Schrinner said. 

“Brisbane Innovate is the city’s platform to bring people from all walks of life together in the same room with complementary problem-solving capabilities and insights to work towards shared city goals and formulise approaches that will ultimately drive economic growth.

“The three 2019 challenges demonstrate the depth and breath of the discussions that the participants will cover and I encourage anyone with an interest in amplifying small business growth, innovating for construction and engaging out of town students to apply and get involved.

“New world cities have high problem-solving capabilities, and the Brisbane Innovate is our answer to ensuring Brisbane fosters and grows these skills.”

Cr Schrinner said past Summits had seen some great conversations and connections emerge as participants teamed up to work towards a better way.

“Last year the summit tackled the challenge of reducing social isolation and as a result is now in the process of developing a home-based business pop-up hub concept which would offer support services similar to Brisbane city’s The Capital, but in the suburbs and on an ad hoc basis,” Cr Schrinner explained.

The Summit’s full event program has now been released and features a fireside chat with Lord Mayor Adrian Schrinner and Deputy Mayor Krista Adams, a large-scale design-led workshop and a keynote address from Matthew Tobin, co-founder and managing director or international public art and architecture firm UAP.

Tobin, whose firm led the elaborately layered Wintergarden façade, said that the session would further our understanding of how new world cities are innovating. 

“Truly pioneering cities innovate not only within the walls of government, but within communities themselves,” he said. 

“Brisbane Innovate Summit empowers the community to take ownership of shaping their city.”

The Brisbane Innovate program is co-ordinated by Brisbane Marketing in conjunction with Brisbane Council and features both the Summit and a year-round innovation lab. 

To apply visit eventbrite and for more information visit digitalbrisbane.com.au