Creative Innovation 2019 (Ci2019)

Welcome Notes

Tania de Jong AM, Founder & Executive Producer Ci Global

We are excited and delighted to invite you to join us at the Paris ­end of Melbourne in beautiful Autumn. This really is the best time of the year to be in marvellous Melbourne. Creative Innovation 2019 Asia Pacific will take place 1-3 April. The theme for Ci2019 is “Human Intelligence 2.0 – A collective future. How we will manage the transition?”.

Giant Disruption always heralds huge opportunities. But are we ready? This very important conversation is designed to bring about a manifesto for change in ourselves, our organisations, our communities and our world.We were so thrilled that Creative Innovation Global was named Corporate Event of the Year in the Australian Event Awards and as one of the Anthill SMART 100! It certainly is an incredible honour and tribute to all of our amazing Creative Innovation Global team.

Ci2019 will be the place to connect, create, disrupt, change, explore, question, share, grow, learn…and then take action! A place to be entertained and inspired. A place to re­invent and shape the sustainable future we want. Join big and small business, industry, entrepreneurs, educators, venture capitalists, community and government leaders from around Australia and the world for ‘positive human collisions’ that will change the course of the future!

Ci2019 is a cross-­sector, community ­wide program and the cross­-pollination of ideas at this event is a significant factor for anyone wishing to innovate and develop more of a culture of collaboration, entrepreneurship and innovation.

Agility. Perhaps no word is more important for today’s leaders. The ever-increasing pace of change demands that leaders be ready, willing, and able to quickly adapt and change course. As the saying goes, “It is not the strongest of the species that survives, nor the most intelligent that survives. It is the one that is most adaptable to change.”

This is a rare opportunity to learn, connect and share ideas across sectors with some of the world’s most influential thinkers and innovators under one roof.

We look forward to co­-creating the future with you at this inspirational global event.

"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