Spark Festival program for 2022

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Australia’s Festival of Innovation, Tech and Ideas is back from 12 – 27 October in Sydney. There are multiple opportunities to learn, to get inspired, make connections with impact, and learn the tools and techniques of the new economy.

We’ve selected some highlights for the STEM community below, or browse the full program.


The new kids on the quantum block

What is it about the Sydney and Australian quantum technology scene that is helping to deliver ground-breaking research, spawn new offerings and attract global players? Hear from some of the newest arrivals to Australia’s quantum technology scene.

When: 5pm, 18 October
Where: Quantum Terminal, Haymarket
Hosted by: Sydney Quantum Academy
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Accelerating Australia’s next Cochlear

Health 10x was designed to support startups focused on solving the world’s biggest health challenges. By facilitating collaboration between startups, clinicians and academics, participants are developing health solutions that could improve the lives of millions of people around the world. 

When:  1pm – 2.15pm, 18 October
Where: George Institute for Global Health, Newtown and Online
Hosted by: UNSW Founders and The George Institute for Global Health
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Careers in Climate Tech

Hear from Climate Tech experts and have in-depth conversations with founders and operators from across the industry about their journeys and what job opportunities exist right now.

When:  6pm – 8.30pm, 18 October
Where: Fishburners
Hosted by: Greenhouse and Earlywork
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Medical Research Speed Dating: Meet Scientists & collaborators

Are you intrigued about the technology that’s driving medical research and expediting scientific discoveries? Come along and mingle with our scientists for behind-the-scenes insights into daily life as a researcher at the Centenary Institute.

When:  5.30pm – 7.30pm, 21 October
Where: Centenary Institute, Camperdown
Hosted by: The Centenary Institute
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Networking in Nature

A regular gathering of a diverse group of professionals and business owners in Sydney’s stunning Royal Botanic Gardens. Each gathering provides rich connections in a welcoming, positive environment and an opportunity to start the day on a healthy and inspired note. New comers always welcome. 

When:  7am – 9.15am, 21 October
Where: Royal Botanic Gardens
Hosted by: Gone Bush Adventures
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Your AI Journey Starts Here

A full-day workshop to demystify Artificial Intelligence, with a focus on machine learning. This workshop is perfect for creatives, entrepreneurs, business professionals, or anyone interested in learning more about AI and its applications.

When:  10am – 4pm, 22 October
Where: The Learning Space, Rhodes
Hosted by: City of Canada Bay Libraries
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Imagining Better Futures with Cybernetics

Discover cybernetic principles to help you navigate complex systems and create a ‘humanity first’ approach to your startup.  Learn how organisations are thinking about sustainable, responsible futures using data for the benefit of everyone; and how startup founders can use cybernetics to unpack complexity for confident decision-making around emerging technologies. 

When:  9.30am – 11am, 25 October
Where: Yirranma Place, Darlinghurst  
Hosted by: ANU School of Cybernetics
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