This will be the first GovCamp event in Tasmania and  in 2015, Hobart is hosting two GovCamp Australia events

  • A special mid-week half-day ‘Innovation Dialogue’ forum on 20 July as part of Public Sector Innovation Month, and then,
  • In November, a full-Saturday program connecting 8 capital cities with video links and interactive idea sharing across Australia.

So, please join in this 2015 conversation as we start the dialogue in July – from big picture ecosystem issues to the skills challenges we all face in delivering public services – whether public sector, social sector or civic/service provider innovators.


Monday 20 July, 9am – 1.30pm


Hobart Function and Conference Centre
1 Elizabeth St, Hobart


Download the current program (PDF)

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Eventbrite - GovCampAU Innovation Dialogue: Hobart

About the GovCamp Innovation Dialogues

The facilitated discussion sessions will be held partly in the ‘unconference’ mode of a GovCamp event, including:

  • Leadership panel – featuring leadership guests taking a snapshot of local public innovation
  • Conversation café segment – to stimulate interaction and explore the local public innovation ecosystem
  • Mini-GovCamp discussion streams – exploring the spaces, people and conversations of value to local public innovation
  • Local showcase – includes the best of GovHack 2015 + other events, tools and initiatives
  • Closing roundup session and lunch

These half-day events will bring together a range of public sector leaders and practitioners, together with innovators from industry and civil society.


The purpose of the session is to stimulate discussion, debate and sharing of knowledge about public sector innovation, as well as highlighting cases from within and outside the sector for innovative delivery of public policy and services. Each city session will work towards two key outcomes:

  • Mapping the local public innovation ecosystem
  • Identifying key innovation soft skills of high value to public service professionals.

Hobart panel guests

We anticipate around four or five panel guests will join us for an interactive conversation about public innovation in Tasmania, bringing diverse perspectives from different levels of the public sector as well as other sectors.

Subscribe for updates on the final panellist line-up. Currently confirmed are:

Prof Anthony Arundel

Anthony Arundel has been a Professor of Innovation at the AIRC since April 2010 and is also a Professional Fellow at UNU-MERIT, a joint research institute of the United Nations University and the University of Maastricht in the Netherlands.  Anthony’s research interests cover the innovation strategies of firms, knowledge flows between firms and the public research sector, innovation in the public sector, intellectual property rights, environmental innovation, and health and agricultural biotechnology.

Craig Perkins

Craig has worked in regional development and local government for almost past 17 years, including 8 years as CEO for RDA Tasmania and its predecessor. Over this period, he has worked with communities to support their strategic development in terms economic growth and improving social capacity.

Craig has also been an elected member with the Meander Valley Council for nearly 4 years, including mayor for 3 years.

Geoff Atkinson

Geoff Atkinson has been the Manager of the Tasmania State Office since 2000. Prior to taking on his current job he worked across a diverse range of policy areas within the Industry Portfolio including Small Business, Science and Technology Policy and Innovation Programs.

AusIndustry is the programme delivery division of Australian Government Department of Industry and Science. As an important part of the Australian Government’s Single Business Service, AusIndustry’s state offices provide outreach services to support Australian businesses to conduct research and development, grow, take up new technology, develop new products, processes or services and access tax or duty concessions.  In recent years, the Tasmanian AusIndustry Office has delivered a number of regional innovation and investment funds to assist businesses to grow and generate new, sustainable jobs.  Geoff manages a team of 9 staff in Hobart and a Regional Manager based in Launceston.


GovCamp Australia organisers: Allison Hornery and John Wells from Cofluence

People are saying…

“Being a part of Innovation Month, these events are also about trying something a bit different. They are about having different types of conversations – involving public servants from all tiers of government, as well as those from industry, academia and not-for-profit organisations.”

Glenys Beauchamp PSM

Secretary of Department of Industry and Science

“I’m really looking forward to the national roundup on 31 July…when I’ll get to hear feedback from each of the city Dialogue events and hopefully get to meet some of the other public sector innovators from around Australia attending the end-of-Month forum.”

Alex Roberts

Innovation Advocate, Public Sector Innovation Network

“This isn’t just about ‘blue sky thinking’ but a new opportunity to explore and connect – with people like you – better ways to Get Stuff Done in a spirit of public purpose.”

John Wells

GovCamp Australia co-convenor

Hobart partners

Department of Industry and Science
Public Sector Innovation Network
Australian Innovation Research Centre

And thanks to…

Carol Harding

with special thanks to…

Alex Roberts and Rob Thomas from the Public Sector Innovation Network