Creative Innovation 2017 (Ci2017)



“When it comes to the future, there are three kinds of people: those who let it happen, those who make it happen, and those who wonder what happened.”

We are searching for the most outstanding emerging leaders, exponential thinkers, entrepreneurs and innovators from across Australia who are creating the future. They are the game-changers in society who are not content to just let the future happen, but rather are actively working to implement ideas that make a difference… Leaders that may at times feel afraid or uncertain, yet still rise to confront the needs and challenges of society head on.

The Creative Innovation Global scholarships are provided to emerging leaders to prepare them for the challenges of tomorrow and help them access key decision makers across society and the economy.

Read the Ci2017 Scholarship Winner Media Release

Ci2017 Innovation Leader Scholarship Winners

  • Dr Andrew Clarke (QLD) is Co-Founder of Innofy, an innovative intellectual property service provider that leverages Artificial Intelligence.
  • Solange Cunin (NSW) is Founder & CEO of Cube Rider, which engages students in STEM through their own space mission to the International Space Station.
  • Zoe Edema (NSW) is Co-Founder of Muralisto, a public art enterprise which creates works that address social, political, cultural and environmental issues.
  • Cy Gorman (VIC) is Founder of Nurobodi, a forward-thinking therapy & augmentation startup that seeks to bring about the enhancement of human awareness using sonic and electromagnetic spectrums.
  • Hunter Johnson (VIC) is Founder of Man Cave, which is empowering a generation of boys and young men with the skills, courage and character to reach their greatest human potential.
  • Tahlia Mandie (VIC) is Founder of Kakadu Plum Co, Australia’s native bush superfood company that exists to support the Australian Indigenous people and communities.
  • Joshua Ross (NSW) is Co-Founder of Humanitix, a ticketing company distributing 100% of all profits from booking fees to the charity of the event organiser’s choice.
  • Holley Somerville Knott (NSW) is Founder of Tell Someone Who Cares, a social enterprise aiming to disrupt the palm oil industry.
  • Sakshi Thakur (VIC) is Founder of Skip Labs, a user centred software that collects information and guide organisations in reporting sexual harasment incidents in the workplace.
  • Jackson Yin (VIC) is Co-Founder of iBuild Building Solutions, a disruptor to the prefab building industry which cuts cost by 50% compared to standard building practices and uses sustainable and reusable materials.


Scholarship winners receive:

  • A full place for the entire Ci2017 event
  • The opportunity to present their vision for the future in the conference program and on the website
  • A 60 second speaking spot during the main conference program
  • A free 3 month Exponential Hot Desk membership at Dimension5 co-working space
  • Invitation to mentoring program and events at Dimension5 to build upon learnings, insights and networks gained at Ci2017.

Scholarship Selection Panel:

Tania de Jong AM – Social Entrepreneur, Soprano, Founder & Executive Producer Creative Innovation Global; Founder and CEO Creative Universe; Founder Creativity Australia
Dr Amanda Caples – Victoria’s Lead Scientist, Department of Economic Development, Jobs, Transport and Resources
Peter Hunt AM – Chairman of Greenhill Australia
Enya Cai – Consultant, Advisory at Ernst & Young
Alrick Pagnon – Creative Universe & Creative Innovation Global

Download Ci2017 Program

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 // Creative Innovation Leader
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