The North Coast Innovation Festival is a useful networking tool between policy makers and business.
The North Coast Innovation Festival is a useful networking tool between policy makers and business.

Innovation festival takes off

THE Coffs Coast doesn’t just boast a seaside location, it also has intellectual capital tied up in the ocean.

The coming together of an unlikely trio of local identities proved this at the launch of yesterday’s North Coast Innovation Festival at the National Marine Science Centre.

Internationally renowned in their own fields, an underwater photographer, a global water technologies consultant and a marine biologist served as examples of the region’s innovation and entrepreneurial growth.

Mark Wolf, of Greenspan Technologies, whose company is working with mining companies to develop ocean monitoring devices, served as an example of the region’s business diversity.

Underwater photographer Gary Bell and Associate Professor Steve Smith of the National Marine Science Centre showed the scope for research, development and conservation.

“That’s what this festival is about, networking between business and government departments and talking about innovation,” Mr Wolf said.

“This gives everyone in our region the opportunity to showcase innovation in their business or to adopt these approaches and work smarter not harder.”

More than 87 festival events are planned on the North Coast, aiming to build partnerships between government departments and business, value-adding towards future economic growth.

For a full list of festival events, visit www.ncinnovationfestival.com.au.



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