Connecting the Dots

Welcome to the Carlton Connect Initiative’s e-news, keeping you up-to-date with all things CCI.

We may be nearing the end of a very eventful year, but things don’t stop here at the Carlton Connect Initiative. The continuous activity and buzz are key elements that make the precinct a great place to be. In this edition of “Connecting the Dots” we share some exciting news, cover highlights of the past month and have a look at what’s coming up.

Dr Charlie Day appointed CEO of Innovation and Science Australia

CCI Project Director Dr Charlie Day has been appointed the inaugural CEO of the Commonwealth Government’s Office of Innovation and Science Australia. In his new role, Charlie will lead and support national long-term initiatives to boost innovation and science. He and his team will work closely with the Innovation and Science Australia Board, including Chief Scientist Dr Alan Finkel, to provide strategic, whole-of-government advice on all science, research and innovation matters to the Commonwealth.

As CCI Project Director, Charlie attracted major multinational partners to deepen their relationship with the University of Melbourne. He is co-founder of the Melbourne Accelerator Program (MAP), named the 8th best university accelerator in the world. In 2015 the University announced that Science Gallery Melbourne, part of the acclaimed Global Science Gallery Network, will be located at the Carlton Connect innovation precinct.

In addition, Charlie has recently been nominated for the AFR Higher Education Awards, in the inaugural Emerging Leader category, to be announced on 16 November.

From all of us at CCI we congratulate Charlie on his appointment and award nomination. We thank him for his leadership and support and wish him all the best in his new role.

TRaM Showcase event 30 November

The Translating Research at Melbourne (TRaM) program will culminate in a showcase event on Wednesday 30 November. From data analytics to walkability software, join us for drinks and networking to see the TRaM16 teams share their research commercialisation insights with peers and colleagues at this showcase event.
Register to attend here.

Combining music with knowledge at Melbourne Music Week 2016


Carlton Connect is thrilled to be a part of Melbourne Music Week again this year, with LAB-14 hosting three events as part of the festival’s inaugural Knowledge series.

From building your own audio speakers, to exploring the intimate intersection of sight, sound and taste, to a dynamic performance arising out of Elissa Goodrich’s residency at the Creative Spaces LAB-14 studios, Melbourne Music Week events at LAB-14 showcase the innovative collaborations we foster here at Carlton Connect, as part of the knowledge city that is Melbourne.

Melbourne Music Week runs from 11-19 November. Tickets available from the MMW website.

Colour Sense exhibition (9 November-9 December)

David Sequeira, Colour Sense, 2016, gouache on paper, 297mm x 210mm

David Sequeira’s combinations of geometry and colour articulate everyday experiences of universal order. The exhibition Colour Sense explores the capacity of these visual combinations to stimulate the senses of hearing and taste.

Colour Sense will run until 9 December, with a special event, Foodnotes and Coloursense, on 17 November as part of Melbourne Music Week.

The exhibition is part of Absolutely Famished, a program that looks at the future of food sustainability and security. It features over 50 artists, performers, scientists and food experts across more than 15 exclusive events, to imagine what we might find in a 22nd century marketplace.

Celebrating world-changing research at Melbourne


Made Possible by Melbourne is a free exhibition celebrating world-changing research at the University of Melbourne, taking place throughout the Melbourne CBD in November. It highlights just some of the groundbreaking research at Melbourne that has had significant real-world impact.

From digital vineyards to iron biofortified rice, the campaign also features CCI-supported projects such as MAP alum Nura’s headphones that adapt to one’s personal hearing profile, and the Melbourne School of Engineering’s safe drinking water project. Experience the campaign.

In other news:

Powerful ideas generated at Energy Hack 2016

The vibe was electric at Energy Hack 2016 (21-23 October), with teams of hackers lighting up LAB-14 with brilliant ideas for the future of energy. Powered by the Melbourne Energy Institute (MEI) and Powershop, Energy Hack 2016 asked teams ‘what does the future of energy look like?’ and challenged them to ‘discover and engineer opportunities in the brave new world of connected energy’.
Energy Hack 2016 mentors. Photo: Michelle Mannering.

From electricity sharing to solar powered car stations, many powerful ideas were generated over the weekend, with team Planet Lovers taking out the top prize – a Fonzarelli electric scooter – with their solution that combined big data and machine learning to help users find out more about their energy usage. Team Spark won the Victorian Government’s $5000 cash prize for the best idea to engage the public with ecotourism, with their Roverapp to teach consumers about flora and fauna whilst providing insights into electricity generation.
> Read a full wrap-up of Energy Hack 2016.

Making Melbourne a more resilient and sustainable city – in 24 hours

The EU Centre on Shared Complex Challenges hosted the first Melbourne Climathon on the weekend of 28-29 October, as part of a global 24-hour hackathon to come up with ideas for a more resilient and sustainable City of Melbourne. With a steady flow of caffeine, great ideas and expert mentors, teams worked through the night to develop and refine their pitches. Winning the challenge was State of Power (congratulations!), with their idea for an interstate competition to roll out live displays at Federation Square.

Showcasing Australian startups in Silicon Valley

Following a successful Demo Day in Melbourne with a great turn out at the Melbourne Town Hall, the MAP teams are ready to do it all again – this time in San Francisco!

The MAP16 cohort will be pitching their plans for growth and investment on a global scale at the NASDAQ Entrepreneurial Centre on 15 November, in what promises to be a showcase of Australian startup talent.

Also, find out how MAP is creating a place for all founders to flourish and encouraging female founder participation.

Celebrating STEMM in Australia with Innovation Week 2016

Carlton Connect is proud to be a network partner in this year’s Innovation Week. Launched on 7 November by the Minister for Industry, Innovation and Science, the Honourable Greg Hunt MP, Innovation Week 2016 is a celebration of science, technology, engineering, mathematics and medicine (STEMM) in Australia, featuring an exciting program of public talks, seminars and workshops.

Helping to set a new urban agenda at Habitat III

Australian-German Climate and Energy College member Alexei Trundle attended the United Nations Conference on Housing and Sustainable Urban Development (Habitat III) in mid-October. Held in Quito, Ecuador, Habitat III was the largest UN Conference ever held, and set out a “New Urban Agenda’ as part of implementing the Sustainable Development Goals.

Twelve University of Melbourne participants attended as part of a large Australian contingent, sponsored by the Melbourne Sustainable Society Institute, the Melbourne Social Equity Institute and the Melbourne School of Design. Read reflections by the early career scholars group on The Conversation.

In the media

Dylan McConnell, PhD student at the Australian-German Climate and Energy College, and Roger Dargaville, Deputy Director of the Melbourne Energy Institute and College supervisor, were featured on ABC’s 7.30 program on 3 November, on the implications for Australia’s power supply and carbon emissions of the closure of Hazelwood Power Station.