Macleay to Ignite the Mid North Coast in 2019

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 MNC region can benefit from changes fuelled by technology and progressive thinking.

In a world first Sammartino was the driving force behind a project that built a drivable car entirely out of Lego. The project that has had more than 100 million views via his social media channels and Jay Leno has repeatedly tried to buy the car from him. He is currently constructing a house using 3D printing and is the technology reporter for ABC Radio National. Known for delivering high-octane keynote presentations and inspiring his audiences to see the world in a different light, you won’t want to miss seeing him on stage.

This year’s event will be held in the Macleay Valley 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.

Where did Ignite MNC begin?

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.

Director of Regional Development, Regional Development Australia Mid North Coast (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.

“Your World 2030”

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”. Optus, Mid North Coast Area Health Service, Training Services NSW, Regional Australia Institute, Coffs Harbour City Council and Zemcon have also come on board with support for the 2019 event. 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.

“Kempsey Shire Council is delighted to be a sponsor of the 2019 Ignite MNC Symposium “Your World 2030” and we look forward to showcasing our beautiful Macleay Valley and Slim Dusty Centre.”

“This festival of ideas will bring internationally renowned speakers to the Macleay to inform the North Coast region on new and exciting concepts and ideas for our future world in 2030. 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. “

“We are excited about our prospects and look forward to finding out what our future workplaces and lifestyles will be.” Kempsey Shire Council Economic Development & Tourism Coordinator, Marilyn Breen said.

Optus is proud to come on board as a sponsor of this year’s Ignite MNC Symposium. “As a telecommunications provider connecting thousands of businesses across regional Australia every day, we understand the importance that innovation plays in small business and industry. We’re committed to regional Australia and continue to invest in our mobile network and business-grade solutions, ensuring regionally based businesses can compete with their metro counterparts.” Chris Simon General Manager Optus Mid North Coast said.

“Ignite will again provide a great platform to tease out ideas and hear from industry leaders and we look forward to being part of the event.” Said Mr Simon.

Other presenters for this year’s event include Scotty Schindler, Kim Houghton and Zoe Eather.

The symposium will showcase how the Mid North Coast region is transforming and embracing a better future exploring the themes of innovation, education, start-ups, design and more.

Local Business are encourage to get involved

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 (i.e. a discount, 2-for-1, an information sheet etc). and email it along with the best contact details for the business to

Early bird tickets are on sale now, however tickets are limited, and are available via

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