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Creative approach to Qld’s advanced manufacturing ideas

May 31, 2017 • Media Release

The Palaszczuk Government is putting creative approaches to manufacturing in the spotlight at Brisbane’s first BrisMakerFest at the State Library of Queensland this Saturday.

Minister for State Development Dr Anthony Lynham said the day of workshops and presentations were designed to encourage Queenslanders to get involved and find out if the new wave of advanced manufacturing holds a career for them.

“This unique event will bring together manufacturers, researchers, entrepreneurs, designers, educators and thinkers in one place to share and test ideas, techniques, and technologies,” Dr Lynham said.

“The one-day program presented by my Department of State Development in partnership with State Library of Queensland (SLQ) will feature a series of workshops and presentations by Queensland’s advanced manufacturers and technology game-changers.

“Participants will hear from a varied group of speakers from a teenage software tycoon to a Young Australian of the Year, Telstra Business Woman of the Year, a Swedish Professor, an American entrepreneur and a Brisbane artist.

“They will also be able to design and create wearable technology, fabricate furniture using CNC routers, build drawbot robots, and join in a host of other workshops and activities that are on offer at the event.

“It is the ideal platform for individuals and businesses to map their future by discovering the depth of opportunity within Queensland’s advanced manufacturing, education and technology sectors.

“BrisMakerFest is part of the Palaszczuk Government’s Advance Queensland Initiative which is committed to supporting the transition of traditional manufacturing into advanced manufacturing.”

Science and Innovation Minister Leeanne Enoch said it was great to see another worthy community event focused on equipping Queenslanders for future jobs, being helped by a Palaszczuk Government initiative.

“This festival is just one of many ways we’re supporting innovation and putting in place the building blocks for new industry in Queensland,” she said.

“Advance Queensland is all about nurturing good ideas and encouraging business and the BrisMakerFest ticks all the boxes to create opportunities and produce skilled workers for our manufacturing and tech industries.”

Dr Lynham encouraged Queensland’s designers, creators, and makers to be part of the inaugural event, and to discover how the government can support them on their manufacturing and entrepreneurial journey.

“The Palaszczuk Government is committed to supporting Queensland makers and entrepreneurs to realise their ideas,” Dr Lynham said.

BrisMakerFest will be held at The Edge – State Library’s experiential model for the library of the future.

The Edge program is at the forefront of re-imagining libraries for the 21st Century and seeks to empower creative experimentation in art, science, technology, and enterprise.

Through The Edge program, State Library provides a platform for makers to prototype their ideas in the community-access Fabrication Lab, equipped with professional machinery, such as a CNC Router, Laser Cutter, and 3D Printers

Makers, manufacturers, DIY enthusiasts and students are encouraged to register now at www.statedevelopment.qld.gov.au/brismakerfest

Image credit: www.statedevelopment.qld.gov.au

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