News from the Invest & Industry Development Team
The 4th annual Brisbane Innovate Summit was held on Wednesday 9 October with close to 400 Brisbane businesses, students and residents joining forces to solve some of the city's wicked challenges. 38 ideas were developed to solve three significant challenges: how to better engage out-of-town students; how to drive sustainability in our construction industry and; how to empower small businesses of Brisbane.
Over the next few months, these ideas will be developed further in the Brisbane Innovate Lab. Of particular interest: converting e-waste (computers, mobile phones) into 'e-bricks' for housing; a local 'AirTasker for Brisbane businesses', where local businesses can exchange expertise and skills and; a project to connect international students to farmers' markets for cultural exchange, local work skills and language practice.
The 14th annual Lord Mayor’s Business Awards took place at Brisbane City Hall on Friday 18 October with leading start-up and innovation businesses recognised throughout the night. Nightlife Music was the big winner taking home the Australia Pacific LNG Award for Business Innovation as well as the Optus Platinum Business Award. Nightlife Music is the global pioneer in music subscription services and creator of crowdDJ®, which transforms the humble jukebox into the modern era giving businesses a point of difference, captivating consumers in venues and delivering great returns to the entire music ecosystem.
Brisbane-headquartered start-up MOVUS, with its world leading FitMachine® - which is capable of proactively monitoring the condition and operating performance on industrial equipment - took home the ANZ Award for High-Growth Business Start-Up. GroundProbe was a notable finalist for the Queensland Urban Utilities Award for Product Innovation with its latest product SSR-Omni designed to predict and prevent mining disasters.
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