Entrepreneurial Personas: What role do I play in the entrepreneurial ecosystems? Talk, Mingle & Drinks, Wednesday 25 July 6.00pm-8.00pm

Entrepreneurial Personas: What role do I play in the entrepreneurial ecosystems? Talk, Mingle & Drinks, Wednesday 25 July 6.00pm-8.00pm

Entrepreneurial Personas: What role do I play in the entrepreneurial ecosystems? (Disruption and Drinks: Occassional talks, mingle and drinks on creative social entrepreneurship) Entrepreneurial Personas brings a human-centred approach to understanding the diversity of entrepreneurs found in entrepreneurial ecosystems, like the Sunshine Coast. This talk by Drs Retha de Villiers Scheepers and Erica Mealy from the University of the Sunshine Coast (USC), provides an overview of the 14 entrepreneurial personas that emerged from a SCC-USC collaborative research grant. A shared understanding of entrepreneurial personas can help: Entrepreneurs work out where they fit into the overall ecosystem and how their motives and behaviour differ, and how they contribute. Supporters of entrepreneurial activity, like the Old Ambo, co-working spaces and support agencies to design programs for specific groups. Better communication with entrepreneurial sub-groups. Our Presenters: Dr Retha de Villiers Scheepers teaches entrepreneurship and innovation management at the USC at both undergraduate and postgraduate levels. She volunteers in the Sunshine Coast start-up community as a Startup Weekend organiser and #SiliconCoast facilitator creating opportunities for entrepreneurial students to extend their network and to share and grow their start-ups and meet like-minded individuals. Retha’s main research interests are related to the entrepreneurial experience within startups and existing organisations.  Dr Erica Mealy is a lecturer in Information and Communications Technology in the USC School of Business.  As an accomplished software engineer with 14 years industrial experience Erica has a passion for sharing her drive for making and coding to inspire the next generation of innovators and professionals.  She has been writing code for over 20 years and has experience in areas as diverse as sports analysis, train control, safety critical...
Artificial Intelligence – Future Business Benefits Forum: 5.00-7.00pm July 11

Artificial Intelligence – Future Business Benefits Forum: 5.00-7.00pm July 11

Artifical Intelligence – Future Business Benefits Forum Are we in a new AI bubble or will deep learning (DL) deliver on all its promises? Due mainly to deep learning, the past decade has seen incredible, exciting and somewhat unexpected progress in AI. Recently, the debate about the best approach for achieving real AI seems to be reignited as some DL systems fail to live up to the original hype. A growing number of AI researchers think we should take a fresh look at both symbolic and connectionist architectures, and even explore more hybrid solutions. In a non confronting and easy to digest manner, this two hour panel, Q&A and mingle session will discuss the current nature and practical aspects of AI. It will de-bunk the myths and recommend how businesses can embrace AI, both now and in to the future. The forum will also suggest what tips can be provided when looking at service providers to support a business’s AI needs. Our panel will consist of three informed and influential thinkers, writers and speakers on AI. Dr Natalie Rens is the Artificial Intelligence Specialist for the Office of the Queensland Chief Entrepreneur, where she works on strategies to advance AI capability in Queensland. She is the organiser of Brisbane.AI, a meetup with over 2,000 members. Recently, Natalie also founded her own company, Spaceport AI, with the goal of developing technologies that will enable humans to live in space.  Natalie holds a Bachelor in Biomedical Science (honours), Master in Cellular and Molecular Neuroscience, and a PhD in Neuroscience. Her research focused on the use of machine learning and computational models to...
To discover what really happens at a Long Table Dinner join us on Monday 16 July.

To discover what really happens at a Long Table Dinner join us on Monday 16 July.

The last Old Ambo Long Table Dinner had not only the usual one to one conversation exchanges over the great food we shared, but a number of announcements and entertaining contributions are shared across the long table.   Surrounded by the colours of the Loud and Clear exhibition (on the walls of the Old  Ambo for a whole month and introduced to us by John) people shared their various creations Matt presented his mum’s cook book. Matt’s enthusiasm was appreciated by Robyn, the author and by a number of us who purchased some copies. Glenda, the beautiful host of the evening gifted us with her great singing and Jenny added to it with quite a bit of involvement from the audience. Judith presenting her brooches.  Come and join us on the 16th of every month, you might have a song, a brooch, a painting, a book or something altogether different to share as well. If not, just come and add some JOY. Remember to rsvp to Ludmila -...
Beyond Sight – a sensory art exhibition: Old Ambo Gallery 2, 13 March to 16 April 2018

Beyond Sight – a sensory art exhibition: Old Ambo Gallery 2, 13 March to 16 April 2018

Beyond Sight is a sensory art exhibition for people of all abilities and builds and extends the creative practice of artist Katrin Terton. Look, listen, feel, smell, imagine and enjoy. Katrin’s work is accessible for people with no or low vision and at the same time intends to create awareness among the sighted population about vision-impairment. Her use of organic materials and found objects generate thoughts about our environment and the non-descriptive nature of the works invites individual imagination and interpretation. At Old Ambo Gallery 2, 13 March to 16 April 2018 Exhibition Hours: Monday to Friday 10.00am to 4.00pm and Saturday 10.00am to 3.00pm. Closed Easter Friday.  Contact Katrin: 0439 708 385 Web Site: www.katrinterton.com April Ambo Long Table Dinner Katrin is also the featured artist at our 16 April Ambo Long Table Dinner (ALTD). Come along to April’s ALTD at 6.00pm to meet and be inspired by Katrin.  ALTD RSVP’s to ludmila@edgeware.com.au or message 0434 357...
Pieces of Me – Old Ambo Gallery 1, 13 March to 16 April 2018

Pieces of Me – Old Ambo Gallery 1, 13 March to 16 April 2018

Pieces of Me is a very personal exhibtion by Peter Rowe, an artist with a difference. Born with Down syndrome and other conditions that limit his ability to speak, it wasn’t until Peter was nearly 30 that he was introduced to Facilitated Communication (FC) – a system that finally gave him a way to communicate and share his view of his world and experiences, the good and the bad. Since discovering FC Peter has become an exhibiting artist, Presenter and has written, illustrated and published eight children’s books. In Peter’s words “It has meant the world to me to be able to express myself through art and writing. It is very therapeutic and has helped me to become who I am. In many ways my art and my writing have given me a voice to speak with; they have allowed me to express my thoughts, dreams and experiences and given me a way to communicate my feelings and share my hear.” Peter has a deep love of art, drawing and writing and they have been an important part of his journey. Peter’s paintings, mostly abstract express his thoughts, dreams, and experiences and have allowed Peter an outlet to communicate his feelings. The evolution of Peter’s art over the years is symbolic of his transition out of darkness, confusion and fear, with his more recent works capturing the colour and light of his new found enjoyment of life. In spite of a lack of formal training, many of Peter’s earlier paintings show his natural flair with colour, but for a long time he still continued to include faces in these paintings,...
Kaospilot: Learning Innovation and Innovation in Learning with the Kaospilot Principal,  Christer Windeløv-Lidzélius, talk and drinks, 26 April 6.00-8.00pm

Kaospilot: Learning Innovation and Innovation in Learning with the Kaospilot Principal,  Christer Windeløv-Lidzélius, talk and drinks, 26 April 6.00-8.00pm

Kaospilot: Fostering Leaders and Entrepreneurs - Learning Innovation and Innovation in Learning This talk by Kaospilot Principal, Christer Windeløv-Lidzélius will take us through the story of the school, its pedagogical platform and philosophy. A number of core principles that have found to be valuable for fostering leaders and entrepreneurs will guide the talk. These principles will be illuminated by case stories and different models. Towards the end of the last century, geopolitical vicissitudes, technological breakthroughs and globalization, were just some of the changes the shaped a new time. Peoples preferences, ideas about society and sense of meaning also underwent changes. As old jobs were disappearing and competition increased innovation became the mantra – indeed the panacea for virtually all challenges. But innovation proved to be a fuzzy concept – easier said than done. Education also became an object for these changes and ideas. Not immune to change, but responding very slow, the need for new type of educations that could tackle the complexity- balancing societal needs and individual preferences, left room for new type of initiatives. Here Kaospilot emerged as a response to how to navigate uncertainty, tap into people’s motivation and creativity and help them carve out new paths.  Kaospilot were founded in 1991 by Uffe Elbæk, grounded in his work with disengaged young people. Since then it has grown to considerable stature in Europe, influential across Europe and now internationally, and celebrated by Business Week, Fast Company, Forbes, Wired and Monocle magazines. Described as a ‘hybrid business and design school, a multi-sided education in leadership and entrepreneurship’ Kaospilot is based in Aarhus, Denmark, with a campus in...