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Innovation for Impact Summit

29 August 2023

Solving our greatest challenges through mission-oriented collaboration

29 August 2023, Sofitel Brisbane Central

The inaugural Innovation for Impact Summit, hosted by CSIRO, will bring together leaders in government, universities and research organisations, industry, and communities, to explore how mission-oriented innovation is being deployed to address Australia’s most complex challenges.

As we confront the pressing issues facing our nation – such as the energy transition, a changing climate, tackling the next pandemic – we require a truly transformative approach. Mission-oriented innovation, inspired by the audacious ‘moonshot’ program of the 1950s and 60s, aims to galvanise collaboration at a grand scale towards shared objectives.

The race to put man on the moon demanded coordination across multiple sectors, accelerated the deployment of solutions, and ultimately led to groundbreaking technological advancements that continue to yield benefits to this day. Taking inspiration from this bold approach, mission-led innovation calls for similar levels of ambition, experimentation and participation to tackle the complex challenges of our time, for the benefit of our communities and regions.

This invitation only event will explore examples of mission-oriented innovation in Australia and throughout the world, and consider challenges and opportunities for these approaches to achieve a positive impact in areas of national priority. Speakers from diverse fields will share their experiences in delivering collaborative and mission-oriented initiatives, and provide insights on emerging trends and opportunities for organisations considering mission-led innovation. The keynote presentation will be delivered by Christian Bason, Chief Executive Officer of the Danish Design Center and a leading thinker on the design and implementation of missions. The program will also feature voices from Government, industry and leaders across the Australian innovation system.

To attend this in-person only event, please follow the link below to register. The full event program will be shared in the coming weeks.

We hope you can join us for this important discussion on how we can work together more effectively to deliver impactful innovation that will secure a strong future for Australia.


Sofitel Brisbane Central 249 Turbot St, Brisbane City QLD