Learnings from commercialisation and innovation strategies at a firm, industry and international level with limited budget and resources
Speaker: Elizabeth Lewis-Gray FTSE
Australia is well regarded for its innovation inputs but is a below-average performer on our innovation efficiency or outputs. To convert our research capability into a strong innovation eco-system we must better learn the skills of collaboration and commercialisation.
Through the founding and management of Gekko Systems, the involvement in the identification and development of the METS (mining equipment technology and services) industry and the establishment of an international not-for-profit dedicated to energy efficiency, many opportunities for commercialisation strategies have been tested.
At an industry level, regional innovation culture and mindset have a significant impact on outcomes.
An alternative approach to the shock testing of naval ships
Speaker: Dr Stuart Cannon FTSE
In order to complete the verification and validation of a warship it is necessary to determine that the platform meets requirements and specifications and that it fulfils its intended purpose. One of the key requirements is that it is able to withstand and survive underwater explosions.
Traditionally this has been completed via a full scale shock test which is both costly and time-consuming. This talk will discuss the traditional approach to shock testing of warships and outline an innovative approach using seismic airgun technology.
Elizabeth Lewis-Gray FTSE
Chairman and Managing Director, Gekko Systems
Ms Lewis-Gray is co-founder, Chairman and Managing Director of Gekko Systems, a global gold technology business with offices in Vancouver, Perth, Johannesburg, Moscow and its HQ in Ballarat.
She is also founder, Founding Chair and now Patron of CEEC International – a not-for-profit established to improve energy-efficiency in mining through improved comminution (crushing and grinding) practices.
Ms Lewis-Gray has had extensive exposure to commercialisation, innovation and industry strategy development during her eight years on the Board of Innovation Australia plus 10 years on the Austmine Board – Australia’s peak industry body for the METS sector – the last two years as Chair. The Federal Government then appointed her to establish and Chair the Industry Growth Centre for the METS industry (METS Ignited).
She holds the qualifications Bachelor of Economics, Diploma of Finance and Investment, and Master of Business Management. She has been awarded an Honorary Doctorate (Federation University), featured in the AFR 100 Women of Influence, won an Innovation Heroes Award (Warren Centre of Engineering, University of Sydney), has been a finalist in the Ernst & Young Entrepreneur Awards, and has seen her company recognised as one of the Deloitte Fast 50 Technology Companies. She is a Fellow of the Academy, AusIMM and INSIA.
Dr Stuart Cannon FTSE
Research Leader, Defence Science and Technology Group
Dr Cannon is the Program Leader for Surface Ship Science and Technology at DST. In this role he is responsible for leading the research program that supports all the current and future surface ships for the Royal Australian Navy.
He is the current science and technology adviser for both the Hunter Class Frigates and the Arafura Class Offshore Patrol Boats. He was elected a Fellow of the Academy in 2016.