TCI-Network Oceania chapter held it's annual gathering at UTS (University of Technology Sydney) thanks to the host Professor Roy Green, retiring Dean of the UTS Business School.  This year's event was a smaller gathering with preparations already underway for a larger biennial event in 2018. 

 

 

The day kicked off with a pre-meetup launch of Australia's first national cluster support programme delivered by Mirjana Prica and Peter Schutz of FIAL (Food Innovation Australia Ltd), a national industry growth centre and organisational member of the TCI Network.

 

 

This was followed by a tour of the Creative Industries precinct at UTS where, within in a 1 kilometre radius, a large proportion of Australian startups are germinated.

The Creative Industries team talked to delegates about their big aspirations for positioning the locality around Ultimo in Sydney as the beating heart of the nation's creative industries, connecting and collaborating across regions and countries with an initiative known as KINDRED", a knowledge exchange positioned at the intersection of creativity, technology & commerce.
 

 

The host and retiring Dean of UTS Business school Professor Roy Green then gave an excellent tour and overview of the business school housed in the Frank Gehry designed building.  

The afternoon kicked off with a presentation by Ifor Ffowcs Williams, on global trends in the world of clusters. He was followed by Professor Graham Wren from University of Strathclyde who outlined the UK's current approach to industrial policy and some of the work being undertaken by the Catapult programme and Centre's of excellence and their relationship and integration with existing cluster activity. (pp attached) EC Guest Alessandro Rainoldi, Head of Unit S2E team Smart Specialisations Platform, outlined current developments and growing integration of Europe's regional clusters with the Smart Specialisations Platform. 

 

"The 2017 oceania Meetup was highly interactive and informative. Participants were able to update on the latest trends globally and discuss and debate the pros and cons of the differing approaches to clustering for growth."

Tracy Scott-Rimington, Chair, Oceania chapter