Melbourne-Bandung Innovation Series

Connect, innovate, and thrive!

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Innovation Series is a past program which ran from March to August 2021.


Following these times of unprecedented disruption, the need to innovate and adapt has become even more critical. While the COVID-19 pandemic has closed borders and kept us physically apart, it has also highlighted the many shared challenges we face across countries and emphasised that, now more than ever, we need to look for opportunities to collaborate and learn from each other. 

Melbourne and Bandung are both fortunate to be home to leading universities and established ecosystems of innovators and entrepreneurs which strengthen our ability to innovate and rapidly respond and change.

This year, we’ve joined forces with The City of Melbourne and The Greater Hub at the School of Business & Management, Institute of Technology Bandung (Indonesia) to deliver this four-part interactive virtual series addressing some of Melbourne and Bandung’s Shared City Challenges.

We’ll hear from trailblazing entrepreneurs from each city who will share their innovation stories.   


Attend the interactive webinar sessions happening throughout the year and compete in the Pitch Competition to win from a prize pool of cash and exciting perks to help you bring your idea to the next level.

Find out more about the Pitch Competition here!

The sessions will give attendees a unique opportunity to hear how leaders and innovators from Melbourne and Bandung have tackled Shared City Challenges, ask them questions, and explore different approaches and key lessons learned through innovation.

SPARK Deakin would like to thank our collaborators within Deakin who provided support for this project: the Deakin Indonesia Office, Deakin International, Prof. Alexander Newman, Prof. Steven Gardner, and Dr. Monika Winarnita, Indonesian Studies at Deakin. 

Shared City Challenges

Be sure to mark these dates in your calendar!

Session 1 | 30 March | Inclusive entrepreneurship

  • How might we better address the entrepreneurship challenges faced by underrepresented groups through innovative solutions that minimise barriers and increase access to opportunities?
    More info  

Session 2 | 28 April | Resilience Innovations [MKW 2021]

  • How might we use innovative solutions to reduce the environmental impact on our cities and better prepare and adapt our cities to be resilient to natural disasters and climate change?
    (This session will be a part of Melbourne Knowledge Week)
    More info  

Session 3 | 7 July | Creative approaches to tourism 

  • How might we use creative and innovative solutions to reimagine tourism/visitor experiences to reach new audiences and revitalise the tourism industry post-COVID?
    More info

Session 4  | 4 August | Public health innovation 

  • How might we use innovative solutions to address public health challenges above and beyond COVID-19 by utilising approaches that were unearthed during the pandemic and can be applied ongoing into the future?
    More info

 Pitch Showcase Event

  • Six finalists from both Melbourne and Bandung will present their innovative ideas responding to our shared city challenges. The winners will be announced at the end of the Showcase event! If you want to attend and watch them live, register below!

         Register Here (bookings closed)

Meet some of the speakers from the Innovation Series

Annisa Wibi

Co-Founder and COO, MYCL | Mycotech Lab

Aun Ngo

Community Lead at StartSpace, State Library Victoria

Bedi Othow

Co-Founder of DivTal

Jeanette Cheah

CEO & Founder of The Hacker Exchange

Yulian W. Widodo

Founder & CEO of Khaira Energy

Maree Grenfell

Manager City Resilience and Sustainable Futures, City of Melbourne

Dr Adam Bumpus

CEO & Co-Founder of RedGrid; Senior Lecturer in Entrepreneurship, Faculty of Business and Economics, University of Melbourne

Athalia Mutiara Laksmi

CEO and Co-Founder of Hear Me

Timothy Kallady

Founder of

Dr. Dina Dellyana

Director, Business Incubator & Lecturer in Entrepreneurship and Technology Management Research Group

Muhammad Ghufron Mustaqim

Co-founder of Evermos

Vanessa Letizia

Executive Director at Greeneration Foundation

Danny Smith

Co-Founder of MV Arcade & Head of Business Development at SAGE

Adi Panuntun

Co-Founder of Sembilan Matahari

Simone Dowding

CEO at Storytowns

Indra Gunawan

Co-founder of Bobobox

Fides Mae Santos-Arguelles

Founder and Director at Fides & Associates

Kenny Dewi Kaniasari

Head of Culture and Tourism Department at City Government of Bandung

A/Prof Victoria Palmer

Project Lead at CovidCare

Olga Hogan

Principal at Investable Team and Adjunct Associate Professor at the Institute for Health Transformation at Deakin University

Dr Satrio Wicaksono

Project Lead at Dent-In

Dr Alasdair Wood

Co-founder of Soterius

Ksatriya Anantayutya

CEO at Ctscope

Allya P. Koesoema

AI and ICT Expert at Task Force for Research and Innovation for COVID-19 (TFRIC-19)

The Pitch Competition

Our six finalists representing Melbourne and Bandung innovative ideas will showcase their ideas as part of MBIS Pitch Competition Showcase Event on 13 October 2021, 4.30 PM AEDT / 12.30 WIB

Check our Pitch Competition Webpage to see who are the shortlisted finalists here!



Attend Showcase Event - Register Here

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