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Innovation as Competition: Australia’s Asian Future Summit 2017
September 1, 2017 @ 8:00 am - 5:00 pm
Over the next 20 years, machine learning, the internet of things, artificial intelligence, robotics and quantum computing will fundamentally change the way we work and do business. Driverless cars and smart cities will overhaul traditional industries. The speed at which countries can reskill existing workforces and educate new ones is a crucial factor in whether they will adapt successfully.
Given its sophisticated education system, robust infrastructure and long-term investment outlook, Australia should stand a chance at commercialising technology faster than its Asian counterparts but will it? Asia had a burning appetite for Australia’s ores, but does it have the same appetite for its ideas?
Addressing the theme of Innovation as competition: Australia’s Asian Future Summit 2017 will bring together policymakers, leaders in regional and Australian business, academics and pioneering entrepreneurs for a frank debate about the role Australia can play in boosting Asia’s capacity for innovation. How can Australia compete with Asian countries that significantly outspend it in research and development (R&D)? How can the country export its capabilities in biotech, fintech and agribusiness, along with the strengths of its sophisticated health-care system, to a varied region that in some places has already leapfrogged it? And what can Australia learn from pioneering Asian entrepreneurs about how to capture value from some of the largest markets in the world?