The Bendigo Inventor Awards is Australia’s premier invention program connecting industry, government and community, to advance new inventions in areas of social impact. We identify, encourage, support, promote and celebrate great ideas in the areas of Environmental Sustainability, Agriculture, Health and Emergency Services &Disaster Management. Through a competitive process which fosters a culture of ingenuity and commercial courage, we create an environment in which new ideas are actively encouraged and allowed to take flight.
*The opportunity to win cash prizes, including $2,500 Category Prizes and a $5,000 top prize!!
*The opportunity to connect with potential investors and others who can assist you in taking your ideas forward
*The opportunity to display your invention at our showcase event
*Educated feedback from an esteemed panel of judges, covering technical and commercial aspects
*The potential to be acknowledged as a finalist, category winner, runner-up or Inventor of the Year
After the immense success of the 2017 Festival of Failure, we are excited to be bringing this creative and inspiring event back in 2018. Recognising that in all of history there has never been an inventor that delivered a game-changing invention at their first attempt, the Festival of Failure nurtures the spirit of the inventor, of our entrepreneurs, to embrace failure as part of their journey toward making a major contribution to our society by delivering a breakthrough invention.
The Festival of Failure uses humour, entertainment and the media to share a powerful message- that we need not be afraid of failing. Indeed, if we are to be bold and brave inventors and entrepreneurs we must embrace our failure alongside our success. It is in failing that we learn how to improve.
Check out highlights from the 2017 Festival of Failure here and here.
“An inventor fails 999 times and, if he succeeds once, he’s in. He treats his failures simply as practice shots.” – Charles F. Kettering
2018 Date TBC
A hackathon is an event, typically lasting several days, in which a large number of people meet to engage in collaborative computer programming.This event will provide valuable opportunities for tech-preneurs to connect with each other and participate in the Bendigo Inventor Awards.
“A hacker, to me, is someone creative who does wonderful things.” – Sir Tim Berners-Lee
Profiling the best and brightest emerging inventors, the Gala will celebrate the pathway to success, honouring the many setbacks and failures encountered by our inventors along the way.
Our Gala will provide a powerful narrative around the resilient nature of the inventor, their guts and determination. Highlights from the Annual Gala will be shared via the website and social media channels to inspire and nurture emerging talent.
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Whether a backyard tinkerer or a medical researcher, Australia has always, through its geographical isolation, been a nation of inventors. In 1906, the surf lifesaving reel was designed by Lyster Ormsby and built by John Bond. In 1929, Alfred Traeger built a pedal-powered radio as the communications for the Royal Flying Doctor Service. In 1958 Dr David Warren invented the black box flight recorder, while in 1965 Jack Grant of Qantas invented the inflatable escape slide which doubles as a life raft. These are just a few examples from a long list, which includes the invention of zinc suncream (1940), disposable plastic syringes (1949) and the baby safety capsule (1984).
As a nation, we recognise the value of a culture that promotes new ways of doing things. Australia’s Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organisation (CSIRO) has been fostering Australian invention for over 100 years. Scientists are constantly working to solve problems in areas as diverse as medicine, agriculture, pest eradication and geology.
About BE BENDIGO
BE BENDIGO is excited to be hosting the Bendigo Inventor Awards. BE BENDIGO is the pre-eminent organisation for business and industry in the Greater Bendigo Region. With approximately 600 members we are also one of the largest regional chambers of commerce in Victoria. We aim to create a more vibrant economy by unlocking the potential of business and individuals.
The Bendigo Inventor Awards is supported by BE BENDIGO, City of Greater Bendigo, Engineers Australia, VicSuper, Bendigo Health, Red Cross, KPMG, Latrobe University, Deakin University, Monash University, Goldfields Local Learning and Education Network, Australian Turntable Company and GOLD FM.
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Nomination period Monday 7th November to Friday 20th January 2017