Creative Innovation 2019 (Ci2019)

Congratulations – Ci2012 Scholarship Winners!

Thursday, 6 September 2012

With well over 100 outstanding applicants received from around Australia, the selection panel has named 10 winners of the Innovation Leader Scholarships for Ci2012.

Thanks to all applicants for the time and effort put into the scholarship applications. Special Congratulations to the 10 Scholarship winners below – each of which will receive a place at Ci2012 enabling them to meet and discuss ideas and issues with other creative thinkers and an opportunity to present their work to the audience.

  • Susan Barton (VIC) – Founder/Director of The Lighthouse Foundation
  • Jami Bladel (TAS) – Artistic Director and CEO of Kickstart Arts Tasmania
  • Sally Hill (NSW) – Founder and Editor of Sustahood
  • Rowan Lamont (QLD) – Founding Director of Transformative Technology Research Group
  • Dr Shelley Meagher (VIC) – Co-Founder of Do it on the Roof
  • Avis Mulhall (NSW) – Founder of Think Act Change, Loo Loo Paper and Co-Founder of
  • Darryl Nichols (NSW) – Co-Founder of The Garage Sale Trail
  • Julian O’Shea (VIC) – Founding Director of Engineers Without Borders Institute
  • Susan Wade (VIC) – PhD candidate in the Faculty of Education at Monash University focusing on gifted individuals on the autism spectrum
  • Arron Wood (VIC) – Founder of the Kids Teaching Kids program

For further information, please refer to the media release:

"Without a doubt the best conference in Australia with a delightful mix of creativity and big thinking bringing together an eclectic group of industry, community and education leaders. Once again, I’ve come away enthused by new ideas, more aware of future trends, and heartened by the kindness of humanity. We all have a role to play and it should be a collective one." Kerry Anderson, Founder of Operation Next Gen

"Conferences are boring. Creative Innovation is more like a rodeo for ideas, and you are guaranteed to leave wanting to make the world better for everyone." Andrew Despi, A.kin

"Kudos to Tania for organising the the 2019 CI Conference in Melbourne - it is the best I have attended so far. All the speakers and sessions were very well-planned. I have attended many conferences and this is the first I did not have the 'luxury' to skip any sessions. Your effort in this space has truly made Melbourne a global innovation and entrepreneurship hub." Danny Ong, Deakin University

"I wanted to pass along how incredible I thought Creative Innovation was and how much your passion for life and for humanity was inspiring to all of us. It was a privilege to be included and one that I am very grateful for." John Pickering, Chief Behavioural Scientist

"Creative Innovation is a transformational platform built by changemakers for changemakers. It is an educational adventure showcasing the forefront of ideas internationally." Melissa Warner, Ci2019 Scholarship Winner & Education Officer, Mind Medicine Australia

"Creative Innovation 2019 was one of the most well-organised events I’ve ever taken part in. From beginning to the end, every detail had been planned through and taken care of. Secondly, are the production values. As a result, it was possible to attend all the sessions without suffering conference burn-out, happy in the knowledge that the next piece of content was guaranteed to delight and challenge the senses." Richard Claydon (Singapore)

"Well done on another successful Ci conference. Your energy, passion and sheer determination to ensure the conference delegates get a fantastic experience is admirable." VP People & Global Capability | P&GC, Woodside Energy


There are a host of incredible opportunities to partner with us on this world class innovation event. If you are interested in becoming a partner or creative collaborator for the upcoming conference, please contact:

Tania de Jong AM // Founder and Executive Producer
Tel: +61 (0)3 8679 6000

Alrick Pagnon
Tel: +61 (0)3 8679 6000

“Remarkable, mind blowing, brilliantly choreographed – easily the best conference ever and I’ve been to plenty. Truly wonderful and amazing.”

Jim Grant, Partner, Dattner Grant

“Thank you for a challenging and rewarding couple of days. The quality of the team you had at the conference was extraordinary! These events will change people and thereby the world.”

Craig Carolan, Director Private Wealth, ANZ

“I came to learn – I came away inspired! Best conference ever.”

Paul Duldig, University of Melbourne