HOW will our lives change over the next decade? Will the way we eat, work and play change dramatically?
Will driverless cars, 3D printing, smart homes and solar power allow us to enjoy a better existence?
Ignite Mid North Coast (MNC) Symposium is on again for 2019 and will explore the theme of "Your World 2030".
Inspired by predictions discussed by Australia's leading futurist and this year's keynote speaker Steve Sammartino, the event will delve into how the Mid North Coast can benefit from changes fuelled by technology and progressive thinking.
Mr Sammartino is renowned for his delivery of high-octane keynote presentations and inspiring audiences to see the world in a different light. He has built a drivable car entirely out of Lego, is currently building a house using 3D printing and moonlights as a technology reporter for ABC Radio National.
This year's event will be held in the Macleay Valley on November 6 and the full day program promises a stellar speaker line-up, along with exhibitions to get business, community and students buzzing with concepts of our future world.
The symposium launched in 2017 at Bowraville where Todd Sampson delivered an inspirational keynote presentation on the advantages of collaboration. 2018 saw Bellingen come alive with community and businesses of all sizes taking up the opportunity to engage, discover and network.
Regional Development Australia Mid North Coast's (RDAMNC) Kerry Grace founded the Ignite concept from her own experiences as a business owner, having identified the need to work on your business, not just in it.
"It's important to take time out every now and then to gain a fresh perspective," she said.
In partnership with key sponsors Kempsey Shire Council and the NSW Government STEM Industry School Partnerships (SISP) Program, this year's event embraces the theme of 'Your World 2030'.
The full day program promises a strong speaker line-up, along with exhibitions to get business, community and students buzzing with concepts of our future world.
"We look forward to showcasing our beautiful Macleay Valley and Slim Dusty Centre," Kempsey Shire Council economic development and tourism coordinator Marilyn Breen said.
"Hosting events like this are important as they are relevant to all business sectors within our community and ensure together, we grow our competitive advantage well into the future."
Other presenters for this year's event include Scotty Schindler, Kim Houghton and Zoe Eather.
Mid North Coast business owners are also invited to showcase their business via the online conference show bag. There is no fee to do this, all you need to do is create a special offer for the audience (eg a discount) and email it along with the best contact details for the business to email@example.com
Early bird tickets are on sale now and are available via www.rdamnc.org.au/ignite