Creative Innovation 2019 (Ci2019)


Exponential Innovation Leaders
Scholarships to attend Ci2019 Asia Pacific

“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 Ci2019 Scholarship Winner Media Release

Scholarship winners receive:

  • A full place for the entire Ci2019 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 Ci2019.

Scholarship Selection Panel:

Tania de Jong AM – Social Entrepreneur, Soprano, Founder & Executive Producer Creative Innovation Global; Founder Creative Universe, Creativity Australia, Mind Medicine Australia, The Song Room, Dimension5, Pot-Pourri
Peter Hunt AM – Investment Banker & engaged Philanthropist; Founder Women’s Community Shelters and Mind Medicine Australia
Justin Presser – Former CEO, Marketing Director and Engineer

Eligibility Criteria:

  • Australian or New Zealand based (can be an international student on a study visa)
  • Developer or owner (individually or jointly) of the innovation
  • Documented plan to implement your innovation
  • Can be a commercial, social or other type of innovation

Ci2019 Scholarship Winners

  • Professor Ruth Salom (VIC) is Professor / Director of Pathology at Monash University, and has developed an AI and Internet based technology for rapid diagnosis for cancer and other pathologies to support the lack of medical resource and training in 3rd world countries. This innovation has already shown that we can successfully train AI to diagnose breast cancer in 92% of cases.
  • Madeline Green (TAS) is the Co-Founder of Otlet a social enterprise enabling scientists to share, source and request biological samples for scientific research projects. Otlet facilitates the sustainable reuse of the 94 million biological samples collected by scientists across the globe annually.
  • Jordan Yim (VIC) is Co-Founder and Director of INHAABIT, designed for the future of retail, allowing you to see furniture in situ in your own home using only your standard mobile device. INHAABIT is already one of Australia’s leading Augmented Reality start-ups in a market that is set to grow from $48BN to $170BN globally by 2022.
  • Kerry Anderson (VIC/WA) is Founder of Operation Next Gen, a social enterprise program to empower and transform rural Australian communities for Entrepreneurship and Innovation utilising current community resources.
  • Melissa Warner (VIC) is Education Officer of Mind Medicine Australia, a forward-thinking charity for next generation mental health care. The charity acts as the central node for the promotion of regulatory approved and research backed psychedelic medicines to assist with the treatment of mental health in Australia. First clinical trials have commenced at St Vincent’s in Melbourne.
  • Will Zhong (VIC) is Co-Founder and Partnerships Guru of Goodie, a social enterprise platform which matches young volunteers (“Goodies”) with volunteering opportunities offered by non-profits by using social media marketing strategies to increase outreach and scalable proprietary technologies.
  • Angus McDonald (NSW) is Director of Compass IOT, a commercial enterprise leveraging the ‘Internet of Things’ to record, analyse and deliver real time reporting of public and private transportation data for effective future town and transportation planning and government policy.
  • Claire Bremner (TAS) is Founder of KELPD, a social enterprise start-up in the FMCG sector that aims to build a bridge between environmentalism and commercialisation by harvesting and promoting nutrient rich sustainable KELP related food and wellness products from Tasmania.

Read the Ci2019 Scholarship Winner 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