The Emerging Innovation Summit 2018 (EIS'18) brings together the creativity, design, technology and business innovators from around the globe. It is an event not to be missed if you want to keep abreast of the latest advances and foster innovation in your institution, business and your life.

Wide range of topics
EIS’18 brings together key researchers, artists, technologists and business innovators from Australia and around the world to share and discuss the latest innovations driven by imagination, creativity, design thinking, system design, technology and business innovation, digital innovation, sales and marketing innovation, research innovation, IoT innovation, innovative learning, team innovation, open innovation, accelerated innovation, innovation policy, etc.

The EIS'18 brings business, industry, academic and government leaders on 3 Expert panel discussions on:

The main themes of the summit are:

Creativity and Design as a Business Differentiator
The Creative Way
Designing the future
Inventive Problem Solving
Unlearning & inventive Thinking
Systems thinking & design thinking
21st century skills
The creative within
Creative inquiry
Digital Creativity

Technology Innovation as a Business Enabler
IT and Cloud innovation
IoT innovation
Digital transformation
BigData and AI innovation
Robotic innovation
Blockchain and Future innovation

Business Innovation for Future Leaders
Corporate innovation
SME Innovation
Innovation around the edges
Creative entrepreneurship
New financing/partnership models
Agile innovation
Innovation in the workforce
Developing a toolbox for innovation
Resourceful Innovation
Open innovation and Ecosystems innovation
The innovative mix
Customer centric innovation
Innovation culture and leadership
Investment innovation
Lean Innovation
Team innovation
Sales & Marketing innovation

The Human Face of Innovation
Inclusive innovation
Building the next generation of innovators
Process vs People
The shift from humans to robots
Inclusive models and movements

Emerging innovation methods
New theories of innovation
New business models
Redefining the rules of innovation
The future of innovation

What is EIS about?
Everyone is working on innovation, but how can we ensure we do it well? What can we learn from creatives, designers and technologists?
What are the best approaches to use and when? How can we sharpen our innovation mindsets and avoid just jumping on the same bandwagon as those around us? How can we identify new methods, tools and mindsets from a field that’s crowded, loud and increasingly convergent?
EIS is an interference of ideas, people, methods, mindsets, tribes and societies - we invite you to meet, mingle and explore this rich terrain with us. You’ll be surprised by what you find.

Why is EIS different?
There’s been a rapid uptake in use of methods such as Design Thinking, Human Centred Design, Agile, Lean Startup and many others. These are all great innovation tools, but have you critically evaluated where these tools are sharp, where they are blunt and more importantly, which is the best tool for your situation? What else is out there?
The truth is we often don’t know and may be too comfortable with our existing innovation efforts. Are we unintentionally converging and ‘bandwagoning’? Are we at risk of being un-innovative in our innovation?
EIS is a fresh academically-led conference designed to explore, enquire, critique, experiment and evaluate. You’ll find breadth, depth and a willingness to challenge some deeply held beliefs about innovation.
We will showcase methods and concepts against one another and provide left-field alternatives. We’ll throw problems into the mix and discover the value of different creative approaches.
There is a rich variety of toolsets and mindsets available to help us think differently and get unstuck. How can we combine them? How can one power up another? How can current creative and design developments combine with emerging technologies to shape future innovation?
We’ll also be joined by innovators from emerging economies to learn, share and debate what’s happening on the global frontiers of innovation.

Large number of oral presentations
To ensure every innovator from any location in the world, from students to established innovator leaders, has an opportunity to present their newest study at the EIS'18, the program will include a large number of oral presentations selected from submitted abstracts, distributed in parallel mini-symposia. Each 3D poster presenter will have a chance to give a one-minute flash talk to attract the summit participants to their poster.

Innovators – industries - investors interactions
EIS’18 will provide opportunities for innovators, relevant industries and investors to network in formal and informal contexts. There will be many talks given by business and industry representatives and panel discussions will take place throughout the summit. Innovators can give five minutes pitches (selected from submitted pitch abstract) to a panel of industries and investors to showcase their innovation. This will be followed by a cocktail networking event where innovators, industry representatives and investors can have informal discussions.

Grants and awards
To facilitate delegate attendance, ESTS'18 will offer grants and awards directed to researchers from developing countries, students and early career researchers and female delegates with young children and that require childcare. To apply for a bursary please send your CV and Abstract to by 1 July 2018.

Magnificent location
The summit will be held in the heart of metropolitan Melbourne, the most liveable city in the world. It is a vibrant place with exquisite facilities and beautiful natural surroundings.

Key dates

Oral abstract deadline:
1 July 2018

Notification of oral acceptance:
10 July 2018

Poster abstract deadline:
1 August 2018

Notification of poster acceptance:
5 days from submission date

3-5 October 2018

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