MTAiQ Events Calendar

  • 07
    May 7, 2021

    5:30 pm-9:00 pm
    TAFE Queensland Coomera Campus
    198 Foxwell Road, Coomera, QLD, 4209
    Try the latest in VR technologies from a variety of industries. Industry expo, drinks and nibbles. Industry presentations.

    About this Event

    VR Industry expo and networking.

    Try the technology from a variety of industries using VR. Industry case study presentations from Austech Connect, Watkins Steel and Red Hill Innovations about the development of the tech and how it is being used in industry. Canapes will be served. Drinks available for purchase.

    Industry presenters:

    Ken Lee Managing Director of Austech Connect. Austech Connect is one of Australia’s leading developers of web-based Augmented and Virtual Reality experiences, interactive digital technologies and 3D model creation.

    We are proud to be a 100% Australian owned and operated company, based on the Gold Coast, employing local IT and creative talent.

    Through Augmented Reality we can bring products, books, brochures, events, buildings and cities to life! In a world cluttered with promotions and advertising, this can help differentiate you from the competition and take your marketing and customer engagement to the next level.

    Our vision is to make it easy for people and businesses to connect in a memorable and enjoyable way. We combine technology, art and communications to deliver digital products and experiences that are unique, frictionless, simple to use and designed to help drive business sales.

    We strive to continuously produce a quality product that provides the best solutions for our customers and business partners.

    Red Hill Innovations: Damian Murphy is an Engineer and Innovation leader with over 28 years experience in the design and management of bespoke structural and façade engineering projects, in Australia and internationally. His specialty lies in Architecturally challenging buildings, exposed structure, lightweight and glass structures, façade systems, long span structures. This includes projects that cover a broad range of building types, including airports, commercial, mixed use, performing arts centers, civic buildings, museums, hospitals, retail developments, public spaces, sports facilities and bespoke designs.As the founding Director of Red Hill Innovations Damian seeks to uncover the true meaning of human centered design in the construction industry by creating stakeholder engagement exercises using digital tools and added value to enable operational experiences.

    Projects that lie at the intersection of these ideals include;

    BAC Skywalk Wayfinding VR project (Aurecon)

    BAC SUP virtual design concepts (Aurecon)

    Gold Coast Airport Terminal multi-functional VR model (Aurecon)

    Activated House Design with costing (Red Hill Innovations + TAFE Queensland Gold Coast)

    By continuing to uncover meaningful operational activities in the Virtual world we can make faster and better decisions in the real world.

    Watkins Steel/ Holovision: Des Watkins, Managing Director. The Watkins Steel Group has been based in Brisbane since 1968 providing end to end design, drafting, fabrication and installation solutions to the construction, industrial manufacturing, mining, technology and many other sectors. Employing 100 people in high skilled trades, design, site based delivery and leading edge VR and AR roles, the Group uses the latest 3D visualization technologies with advanced robotics to produce an infinite variety of steel structures with unparalleled accuracy. It has transformed the part that steel fabrication plays in providing modern structures and systems that we all rely on every day.

    Holovision was created in 2018 spearheaded by the innovative spirit of Watkins Group, to manage an increasing demand for optimised workflows capable of capturing, transforming, registering, and displaying data within acceptable time-frames, supporting risk mitigation and decision making processes. The construction industry in particular, is experiencing a faster data growth rate due to the high accuracy sensors used for surveying and quality assurance. Machine-generated data is expected to add to this complex information workflow, increasing the demand for optimised processes capable of crunching Terabytes of data extracted by sensory equipment mounted on robotics agents such as drones and AGVs.

    This data explosion started to be deployed on different spatial realms through VR, AR and more recently Mixed Reality experiences. The future success of Australian Industry requires business leaders of the future to adapt to new strategies for implementing these technologies in their organizations. Our goal in this presentation is to highlight the differences between VR and AR applications in our industry, looking at some case studies developed to support our clients in Steel Manufacturing and Construction.

    Of interest to industry, students, educators, people interested in technology and VR.

    Industry partners include Watkins Steel, Holovision, Austech Connect, Red Hill Industries, Maxart, Croomo, Real Serious Games, Tutis Vreddo, Fika Entertainment, TAFE Queensland

    This is a COVID safe event. Do not attend if you are unwell.

    Register HERE!

  • 19
    May 19, 2021

    8:00 am-12:00 pm
    Brisbane Convention & Exhibition Centre
    Glenelg St, South Brisbane, QLD, 4101

    Queensland Small Business Month – May 2021 celebrates the small businesses that make a vital contribution to our state’s economy and play an important role in each region and community across Queensland.

    The Australian Industry Group will be hosting two events in May to support this initiative and to assist businesses navigate the many grants and support products that are available to them.

    There is an increasingly diverse range of Local, State and Federal Government assistance available for business – supporting business growth, innovation, employment, international trade and much more. Navigating the government assistance available can be challenging. Many businesses consider applying for a government grant or service at some stage but don’t know where to start or what is required.

    This event will bring together representatives from all levels of government to provide information to businesses on the assistance that is available and how best to access it.

    If you need any support during the registration process, please contact Vickie Rapkins on 07 3244 1756 or

    Register HERE.

  • 27
    May 27, 2021

    All day
    Customs House
    399 Queen Street, Brisbane City, QLD, 4000

    A one day Cutting Edge Science Symposium on Responsible AgTech Innovation

    About this Event

    In May this year, CSIRO’s Digiscape Future Science Platform and Responsible Innovation Future Science Platform will be hosting a one day Cutting Edge Science symposium on Responsible AgTech Innovation.

    This full day event will bring together key stakeholders to explore how the combination of science, agriculture and responsible innovation can strengthen Australian farming and land management.

    Event Format

    The symposium will run as a hybrid event, with attendees joining us both In-Person and Online.

    The In-Person event element will run at Customs House, in the Brisbane CBD.

    The Online experience will run via our virtual hub. Content will be streamed live and sessions will be interactive. You will also have networking tools allowing you to connect virtually with the other symposium attendees.

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    In person attendance is strictly limited and primarily by invitation only, however, we have set aside an allocation of in person tickets available for general industry attendees.

    Applications for these tickets can be made via Eventbrite. If you are successful we will notify you by early-May.

    Symposium Program

    • 8.30 Registration + Arrival tea & coffee
    • 9.00 Welcome to the AgTech Symposium
    • 9.20 The global quest for responsible digital agricultural innovation
    • 10.40 Morning tea
    • 11.10 Combining the world of IoT, analytics and machine learning in agriculture and beyond
    • 11.40 Panel discussion: What does responsible innovation mean to the agricultural community?
    • 12.20 Lunch
    • 13.10 Rapid Fire: Overcoming data trust issues in AgTech
    • 13.40 Panel discussion: What does Responsible Innovation mean in the world of AgTech?
    • 14.10 Afternoon tea
    • 14.40 Fostering a Responsible AgTech ecosystem
    • 15.10 Beyond 2041. What will the farm of the future look like?
    • 15.50 Close
    • 16.10 Networking drinks

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    The full program including session descriptions and speakers can be found via this link.


    • Kate Andrews, Executive Officer, NRM Regions Australia
    • Kelly Bronson, Canada Research Chair (II) in Science and Society, University of Ottawa, Canada
    • Roger Butler, Group Leader, Domain Engineering Group, CSIRO
    • Callum Eastwood, Senior Scientist, Dairy NZ, New Zealand
    • John Fargher, Co-founder & Chief Revenue Officer, AgriWebb
    • Denise Higgins, Senior Manager Strategic Planning & Evaluation, Centre for Entrepreneurial Agri-Technology, Australian National University
    • Emma Jakku, Research Scientist, CSIRO, Australia
    • Marie-Agnès Jouanjean, Agricultural Economist, The World Bank, Paris
    • Laurens Klerkx, Professor, Knowledge, Technology & Innovation Group, Wageningen University, The Netherlands
    • Justine Lacey, Director, Responsible Innovation, Future Science Platform CSIRO
    • Martijn Mooij, Senior UX Designer, CSIRO’s Data61
    • Andrew Moore, Leader, Digiscape Future Science Platform, CSIRO
    • David Rose, Elizabeth Creak Associate Professor of Agricultural Innovation and Extension, University of Reading, UK
    • Cara Stitzlein, Cognitive Engineer, User Experience Researcher, CSIRO’s Data61
    • Alan Thomson, Business Development Manager, AgriTech, Hitachi
    • Gerry Turpin, Senior Ethnobotanist, Tropical Indigenous Ethnobotany Centre
    • Tim Wark, Digital Innovation Director, AECOM
    • Torres Webb, CSIRO, Office of Chief Scientist
    • Viveka Weiley, Future Digital Worlds Lead, CSIRO’s Data61
    • Leanne Wiseman, Professor in Law, Griffith University

    Staying Covid-safe

    A few Covid-Safe notes for those attending the event in person:

    • We ask that you stay at home if you are unwell, have a cough, fever, sore throat, fatigue, shortness of breath, or have been in contact with a positive COVID-19 case.
    • At the venue there will be plenty of space. We ask you not to crowd up unnecessarily. It’s up to all of us to help keep a sensible distance between one another.
    • It goes without saying that you should always do what feels right for you. Feel better wearing a mask, do that. Want to maintain a bit of extra distance whilst chatting, that’s okay too. We are all in this together and encourage you to embrace the awkward.

    Register HERE!

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