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Innovation focus at Joondalup business forum

Innovation focus at Joondalup business forum

PROGRAMS and initiatives driving innovation in the economy will be the focus of a business forum in Connolly next week.

Federal Minister for Industry, Science and Technology Karen Andrews will provide the keynote address at the City of Joondalup’s first business breakfast for 2020 at Joondalup Resort on March 12 from 7am.

More than 150 members of the local business community and key City stakeholders are expected to attend the forum where the minister will share some of the Federal Government’s key programs and initiatives driving innovation in the economy.

With the City boasting Australia’s largest cyber security talent pipeline and cutting-edge research capability, businesses in the region are well placed to leverage innovative technologies to drive growth.

Joondalup Mayor Albert Jacob said technological advances in areas such as artificial intelligence, automation and cyber were transforming industries, creating new opportunities and changing the skills required for business success.

“In this economic climate, innovation is an essential cornerstone of sustained economic growth and prosperity,” he said.

The forum will include an interactive panel discussion featuring the minister, Silvana Macri from Stay Cyber Safe, Glenn Murray from Sapien Cyber and Pia Turcinov from Women in Technology WA.

There will be discussion about getting more girls involved in science, technology, engineering and maths (STEM) learning, such as the recent announcement from ECU Joondalup that two $10,000 scholarships would be offered to entice more women to study cybersecurity.

Tickets cost $30 and registrations via joondalup.wa.gov.au will close on March 9.

There will be an optional networking session from 9.10am to 10am following the presentations and breakfast.