Opportunities for business and investment in smart cities, critical infrastructure, security and space

Sundowner – keynote, panel session, pitch sessions and networking

Keynote & Welcome Address

Craig Scroggie

CEO and Managing Director - NEXTDC

Maria Suarez

Deputy Mayor - Sunshine Coast Council

Pitch Sessions

CAROLINE PATTON

Empowering Businesses

DAVE BIGGAR

Pioneering Adventure & Composite Printing

MATTHEW NEVIN

Cyber security challenges

MATT HOBSON

Australia's most awarded rum brand

Introducing the Panel

Tim Kelly

Director – MEF Sunshine Coast (Moderator)

Gerrit Olivier

Chief Scientist – Fleet Space Technologies

Peter Williams

General Manager of Sales – Southern Launch

CAROLINE PATTON

Empowering Businesses – Accuteque

Simon Webster

Executive Manager, Advanced Capability – Queensland Fire and Emergency Services

MARK BILLING

Business Expansion – Geospatial Intelligence

Michael Whereat

Smart Cities Lead

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The Sunshine Coast is a regional powerhouse with the fundamental digital infrastructure to support a broad and deep technology-driven business eco-system.

The 'Testing Tech in Paradise industry sundowner' is a business and industry networking event to explore the opportunities for business collaboration and investment around the cross-sector nature of space, smart city applications, cybersecurity, critical infrastructure protection and advanced manufacturing which is thriving in the region and making a national and international impact.

Keynote & Welcome Address

Craig Scroggie

CEO and Managing Director - NEXTDC

Maria Suarez

Deputy Mayor - Sunshine Coast Counci

Emerging and Future Demand on Critical Digital Infrastructure and
securing Australia’s sovereignty

Introducing the Panel

Tim Kelly

Director – MEF Sunshine Coast (MODERATOR)

Gerrit Olivier

Chief Scientist – Fleet Space Technologies

Peter Williams

General Manager of Sales – Southern Launch

Simon Webster

Executive Manager, Advanced Capability – Queensland Fire and Emergency Services

Caroline Patton

Empowering Businesses – Accuteque

Michael Whereat

Smart Cities Lead - Sunshine City Council

Mark Billing

Business Expansion – Geospatial Intelligence

Pitch sessions

Caroline Patton

Empowering Businesses

Dave Biggar

Pioneering Adventure – Driven Manufacturing

Matthew Nevin

Co-Founder and CEO

MATT HOBSON

Founder & Chief Imagineer

The Sunshine Coast, Australia is not just another pretty face – it’s a region that has invested heavily in its digital infrastructure. The emerging CBD is a smart city and is equipped with WiFi 6, the latest standard for wireless networks, offering speeds up to three times faster than its predecessor.

This stunning piece of sub-tropical coastline will host seven Olympic and two Paralympic events during the Brisbane 2032 Olympic and Paralympic Games, offering an exciting moment for athletes and sports enthusiasts, but also a tremendous opportunity for tech entrepreneurs in the sports technology sector.

This makes it an ideal location for tech companies to test and trial their new technologies. Whether it’s IoT devices, sports-tech applications, or next-gen consumer electronics, the robust digital backbone ensures that businesses can test their technology in a real-world environment.

The Sunshine Coast, is an unbeatable location for businesses looking to establish, relocate or expand.

Wendy Macdonald

Investment Lead – Economic and Community Development, Sunshine Coast Council

Want to talk to Sunshine Coast council now? Call Wendy for a confidential chat

PRE-EVENT SUNSHINE COAST VIP TECH TOUR

THE LEGITIMATE PLACE FOR NEW TECH IN AUSTRALIA!

(*subject to availability, places strictly limited)

Sunshine Coast Council is inviting delegates of the Australia in Space Sundowner networking evening on a complimentary guided Tech Tour of the Maroochydore CBD in the afternoon of Wednesday 3 July.*

The VIP Tech Tour will commence at 2.00pm with a Welcome Address and light refreshments held in the region’s City Hall, followed by a guided tour of the international broadband cable landing station and NEXTDC edge III data centre, CBD overview presentation by Walker Corporation, and the new tech enabled Maroochydore CBD’s digital assets. At 4.30 the main event will commence at Altitude Nine, Level 9 City Hall.

  • OPTION 1: START at City Hall, Maroochydore, QLD 2.00pm to 4.00pm

    Sunshine Coast Council is inviting delegates of the Australia in Space Sundowner networking evening on a bespoke VIP Tech Tour. The VIP Tech Tour will commence at 2.00pm with a Welcome Address and light refreshments held in the region’s City Hall, followed by a guided tour of the international broadband cable landing station and NEXTDC edge III data centre, CBD overview presentation by Walker Corporation, and the new tech enabled Maroochydore CBD’s digital assets.

Duration

Depart BNE at 12.00pm, for an afternoon tour at 2.00pm, sundowner event at 4.30pm and return to BNE by 8.30pm.

Includes

Sunshine Coast Tech Tour of the new, greenfield smart city Maroochydore CBD, SC1 Sunshine Coast Data Centre and cable landing station and sundowner networking event.

Cost

Free – limited places available.

How to apply

Register your interest by Wednesday 19 June via the Register button below:

(*subject to availability, places strictly limited)

Afternoon itinerary to include:

At 4.30 the main event will commence at Altitude Nine, Level 9 City Hall.

  • OPTION 2: PICK UP Brisbane 12.00pm, attend VIP Tech Tour & Industry Sundowner Networking Evening and return Brisbane *

    Depart Brisbane by private charter (location to be confirmed) at 12.00pm for the Tech Tour at 2.00pm and Sundowner Event at 4.30pm.

    We will depart the Sunshine Coast by 7.00pm (approx.) and return to Brisbane.

    If would like to ‘stay and relax’ on the Sunshine Coast – see Accommodation details below**

(* places strictly limited)
(** at delegate’s own expense)

15% off best flexible rate – SCAN THE QR CODE

Holiday Inn Express & Suites Sunshine Coast
42 First Avenue and Fairway Drive, Maroochydore, QLD 4558 Australia

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Opening Series Webinar

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Closing series webinar

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This is the first in a series of events focused on the Sunshine Coast region to generate awareness of the technical and critical infrastructure capabilities to support business and industry in the smart cities, critical infrastructure, security and space sectors.

Series Opening Session – Introducing the Panel

Dr Adrian McCallum

Discipline Lead for Engineering  University of the Sunshine Coast

Tim Kelly

Director – Manufacturing Excellence Forum, Sunshine Coast

Rylea McGlusky

Business Development – Geospatial Intelligence

Wendy Macdonald

Investment Lead – Sunshine Coast Council

Michael Whereat

Smart Cities Lead – Sunshine Coast Council

Closing Series Webinar

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Speakers to be announced

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Register now for the Sundowner on Wednesday 3 July

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