ON the Agenda

ON Core features two segments and all sessions are by invitation only. The first is only for our Alumni, Mentors and Facilitators, and in the second we bring together the wider ON community.

For a deep dive into the sessions and masterclasses, take a look through the Session Program.

Segment One: ON Core Focus Session (ON Alumni, Mentors and Facilitators only)
10:30am – 2:45pm (AEDT)
Panel sessions and masterclasses, including a networking lunch featuring insights and lessons from ON Alumni for ON Alumni.

10:30am Arrival and registration
11:00am In the Plenary

Acknowledgement of Country, welcome and overview

Tennille Eyre and Phoebe Jackson Morison

In the Plenary In the Studio
11:30am Panel with Q&A:

ON startups: Insights with hindsight and what I wish I’d known from the start

Moderated by Tennille Eyre

James Bradley – Co-founder, Diffuse Energy 

Helen Souris – CEO, CardiHab

Louise Brown – Co-founder and CEO, HydGene Renewables


Fireside Chat:

Innovation visionaries: leading the frontier with Clare Fairfield

Interviewed by Phoebe Jackson Morison 

12:15pm Networking Lunch
1:25pm In the Plenary

Guests seated for session two

In the Plenary  In the Studio
1:30pm Panel with Q&A:

Celebrating diversity in innovation

Moderated by Torres Webb

Joni Sytsma – CTO, iLAuNCH Trailblazer, UniSQ

Luli Adeyemo – Executive Director, TechDiversity and Founder/Director, Best Case Scenario

Scott Allen – Managing Director, Nallawilli Pty Ltd


Storytelling for success with Catriona Dixon, Toothless Parrot Communications


Segment Two: ON Core Main Event (All Stakeholders) 
2:45pm – 5:00pm (AEDT)

We’re opening the doors to the wider deep tech innovation and investment ecosystem for a special plenary session that will explore upcoming initiatives with the potential to transform the sector, opportunities to be unlocked, and how to best play your role in uplifting Australian innovation.

2:45pm Arrival and registration
  In the Plenary 
3:10pm ON Core Main Event START
3:20pm Welcome to Country

Uncle Allan Murray

3:30pm Keynote address:

Professor Doug Hilton AO, Chief Executive (CSIRO)

3:50pm Fireside Chat:

National interventions powering innovation.

Moderated by Dr Jill Freyne, CSIRO’s Deputy Chief Scientist

Dr Thomas Ting – Executive Director, Australia’s Economic Accelerator 

Sandra Roussel – General Manager Venture Capital and Entrepreneurship, Department of Industry, Science and Resources

Dr George Feast – Deputy Director SME Connect, CSIRO

4:15pm Panel with Q&A:

The power of the innovation intersection: Where commercialisation and investment collide.

Moderated by Jen Baxter, Head of Operations at Main Sequence and Executive Manager in CSIRO Strategic Programs

Callum Benson – Senior New Ventures Manager, Monash University 

Dr Silvia Pfeiffer – Director and Co-Founder, COVIU 

Clare Birch – Investment Associate, Blackbird


5:00pm – 7:00pm Networking:

Connect across the ON community, investment, government, and industry.