Konica holding innovation panel

Konica Minolta is holding an event titled Catalysing innovation – how to innovate in a challenging environment next Tuesday March 20 at the Powerhouse Museum in Sydney from 6pm to 9pm.

Hosted by Tracey Spicer, the event will include a panel that will explore some of the factors that can ignite or inhibit the growth-oriented spark within organisations.

Konica Minolta says, “The event is the culmination of Konica Minolta’s Innovator Series, launched in 2017. The series is an initiative developed to identify and share the stories of professionals that dedicate their time and talent to advancing progressive thinking within their chosen fields.

“Konica Minolta started the series in part as a response to the sense that we are in the decade of disruption; a continuous high level of uncertainty, volatility, and confusion facing many parts of society and business. The ferocious speed of change leaves many individuals and organisations challenged with how to evolve and adapt in a world where technology application is rapidly outpacing legal definitions, where AI and robots may replace a vast amount of human contribution to the economy and where future generations will build their careers in sectors and industries that do not yet even exist.”

The panel of five includes: Sue O’Conner, a director at Mercer Superannuation, Yarra Valley Water, chair ClimateWorks, and also sits on the advisory council and works with the Monash Sustainable Development Institute.

Ben Sorensen, who works on commercialisation for Defence & QLD Govt, alongside roles at CSIRO’s Data61; PwC sessional chair, QUT; leader, disruptive innovation leadership course, Qld Innovation Hub; venture lead.

Jeff Sharp, group manager technology and innovation, Downer; non-executive director, Imatis Pty Ltd; manager strategy and strategic development, Visionstream Pty Ltd; director, Charge Point; co-founder and director, Playz.

Lauren Capelin, head of venture community, Reinventure Group; director, Yellow Balloon Ventures; co-founder and chief knowledge officer, Collaborative Lab; community director, Collaborative Lab.

Martin Keetels, innovation lead, Konica Minolta; director, Redhair Events; non-executive director, Melanoma Patients Australia; state sales manager (leadership program), Konica Minolta; national commercial counsel and national bid manager, Konica Minolta.

Following the panel session there will be a Q&A followed by drinks and canapes.

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