Opportunity Knocks: Innovate Automate Decarbonise Digitise

Tue 1 August 2023, 9am-2.45pm AEST

Join business experts including Future Food Systems CEO and former food industry product developer Dr James Krahe at AusIndustry’s Opportunity Knocks event for businesses in the Northern Rivers region of New South Wales.

Climate change, economic pressures, capacity and resource constraints present major challenges to businesses, as do changing technologies, markets and consumer preferences. In complex environments and digitally connected global marketplaces, forward-looking businesses with innovative cultures and strategic and dynamic capabilities are better able to adapt and improve to maximise productivity, competitiveness, sustainability and long-run success.

To help your business turn uncertainty into opportunity and realise its full potential through innovation, automation, decarbonisation and digitalisation, AusIndustry has brought together four influential speakers for an in-person half-day workshop.

The event is targeted at entrepreneurs and personnel from small and SME businesses, including founders, CEOs and production, training and marketing managers.

Workshop agenda and speakers

AusIndustry Regional Manager Rowena Ryan will introduce four speakers, who will discuss the benefits of collaboration and knowledge-sharing in fostering innovation and driving business progress.

  • inspirational motivational speaker Brad Twynham, who’ll deliver the keynote on building for the future through disruptive innovation, radical thinking and reinvention;
  • Future Food Systems CEO and former food industry product developer Dr James Krahe, who’ll talk about the benefits of collaboration and knowledge-sharing in fostering innovation and driving progress;
  • Ai Group’s-Mel Ireland, who’ll explore how to run your business in smarter, more sustainable ways by embracing complementary Industry 4.0 methodologies and ESG principles; and
  • The Digital Guide’s Tracy Sheen, who’ll discuss practical approaches to harnessing the power of digital capability and artificial intelligence (AI).

An Industry Panel session will follow, in which the journeys and successes of exemplary local companies and projects will be highlighted.

Ms Ryan will then give an overview of AusIndustry and other grants and support for business innovation, growth and digitalisation; introduce attendees to support providers within the local ecosystem who can provide capability uplift assistance, , and give attendees the chance to offer feedback to these providers, directly influencing future targeted support offerings.

Key details

The workshop is scheduled to take place on Tuesday 1 August 2023 from 8:30am for a 9am start until 2.45pm.

The venue is Crystalbrook Byron, 77-97 Broken Head Road, Byron Bay, NSW, 3481. View on map.

The cost is $30 per person (plus booking fee), and includes morning tea, lunch and tea and coffee.

Registration and further information

To purchase tickets to the workshop, click here.

For more information about the event, contact RDA Northern Rivers on 02 66224011 or Rowena Ryan at AusIndustry on

The event is delivered by AusIndustry in partnership with Byron Shire CouncilRegional Development Australia – Northern Rivers, the NSW Government and Manufacturing Skills Australia. It is supported by the Australian Industry Group (Ai Group), Brad TwynhamTracy Sheen’s The Digital Guide and Future Food Systems.