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August 31, 2020 | 8:00 am
October 2, 2020 | 5:00 pm


The Bendigo Invention + Innovation Festival (2020BIIF) turns 10!

To mark this milestone, this year’s theme is Optimism through Innovation celebrating Greater Bendigo’s role as Victoria’s premier regional city in innovation and manufacturing.

2020BIIF will be a fully virtual FREE program starting on Monday August 31 and extending to Friday October 2 to give participants greater access and involvement to a series of engaging events.

Deputy Head of the Australian Space Agency Anthony Murfett, CEO Austmine Christine Gibbs Stewart, Paul Cooper and Michael Sharpe from the Advanced Manufacturing Growth Centre, Victor Perton from The Centre for Optimism, AI Group CEO Innes Willox, Dr Leah Heiss from the RMIT Wearables and Sensing Network and Bendigo and Adelaide Bank Managing Director Marnie Baker, and Dr Peter Riddles from CSIRO are among some of the keynote speakers headlining the festival.

Some of the festival highlights include:

  • An Optimistic Future for Regional Victoria
  • Opportunities for Australian Regional Manufacturing
  • Greater Bendigo’s New Gold Rush
  • Virtual Reality and the Internet of Things
  • Showcasing Innovation Series
  • Regional Growth Summit
  • Festival of Failure
  • Engaging all ages in STEAM (science, technology, engineering, arts and mathematics)

The program will combine live streamed presentations from national and international key speakers, panel discussions and inspiring videos to showcase local businesses and innovation. Due to the impact of the pandemic, the festival’s popular Inventor Awards has been postponed for 2020, but the Festival of Failure remains a highlight during the series of virtual events.

To register for 2020BIIF, please visit www.biif.com.au