20 June 2019 Recap: Aussie Aerospace 2.0


As part of Venture Café’s June monthly theme of Exploration, we took a journey through Australia’s emerging space industry.

The Innovate Hear Meetup are into their third week! They started off the event with a thought provoking panel session, tackling the opportunities and risks of hearables. Brent Edwards, Nicole Matthews and Matthieu Recugnat, moderated by Ryssa Moffat, showed us what uses hearables have, along with how they are affecting hearing healthcare, what they mean for accessibility and how we consider our identities.

Anand Tamboli then inspired us by sharing how companies of all sizes can tackle disruption and innovate in the right sequence - put customers and employees first, technology second. We also learnt how to create systems capable of supporting established and emerging business models simultaneously, creating new business opportunities and improve bottom-line in the process. 

We were joined by a range of industry partners, researchers and emerging startups to find out how Australia can play a key role in advancing global aerospace innovation. Saber Astronautics and Enter Space hosted demo tables to show our community what they are working on at the moment.

With the opening of the Australian Space Agency in Adelaide and NASA recently inking a world-first deal with Aussie start-up Equatorial Launch Australia (ELA) to send sounding rockets into space from the Arnhem Space Centre in the Northern Territory, Australia is poised to usher in a new era of aerospace innovation and play an active role in the global industry. We hosted an exciting panel of experts, who inspired us with a deep dive exploration into this new era. We explored opportunities to engage in the space eco-system including the potential for cross-industry and government collaboration, as well as how we can eliminate hurdles faced by emerging start-ups and how they are currently working around these challenges collectively. Thank you to Donna Lawler, Aaron Bonanno, Andreas Antoniades, William Crowe and Rohan George.

This enlightening conversation was hosted by Melanie and Dominic De Gioia from Beer with an Engineer, who also live podcasted the session. You can re-live the Aussie Aerospace panel session here.

Photos of the Aerospace panel session by FranklySteve and Enter Space #enterspaceau.