Invitation to attend Policy Hack 2018

1.30pm Tuesday 8 May 2018

Australia has a vibrant startup ecosystem and things are moving quickly. There are also great opportunities and some challenges to overcome.

Our best chance of making sure Australia is one of the best places in the world to build and grow a startup, is for government, industry and academia to work together. StartupAus, with support of Department of Industry Innovation and Science and the Queensland Government are bringing together 150 of the country’s best startup minds for a one-day policy hack to help collaboratively build the next wave of policy in this space.

The previous Policy Hack in 2015 was well-received by the start-up community, as it showed the Government appreciated how the community operates.  It also demonstrated a commitment to directly engage with and listen to, the needs of the start-up sector.

The Policy Hack event will clarify the challenges the sector faces looking ahead, and help identify the best solutions to those challenges. The key topics for the day include:

  • Startup Status – a centralised definition of startup to help with access to programs.
  • Global Talent Scheme – identifying key components for the ‘startup stream’ of the proposed Global Talent Scheme.
  • Attracting International R&D – how does Australia attract international tech companies to conduct more R&D in Australia.
  • Going Global – helping more startups become global scaleups..
  • Corporate/Startup Collaboration – how do startups get more visibility of the challenges facing corporates and how do corporates get more visibility of solutions offered by startups.
  • Data and Impact Measurement – how to measure size, scale and impact of startups to inform public policy.
  • Linking Startup infrastructure – startup hubs have developed in all major capital cities – how do we link them with each other and with regional needs.
  • Angel Investment – Angel Investment sector is highly fragmented and difficult to navigate, what steps can be taken to improve?
  • Local Skills - Australia needs an innovative and creative workforce with the skills and capabilities to secure its future productivity
  • Commercialising Public Research – how to improve the number of commercial collaborations between startups and universities eg IP Toolkit.
  • Artificial Intelligence: Challenges Ahead – how will AI change the policy landscape now into the future, how can we maximise the gains and minimise the impacts.

Policy Hack 2018 will be a full day event in Brisbane on the 16th of May. The event lines up with Myriad, one of the country’s premiere startup festivals which will kick off immediately post the Policy Hack.

We would like to invite you to participate in Policy Hack 2018 to provide valuable Government insights into policy challenges as well as the opportunity to engage with key stakeholders from the startup community. Attendance at the policy hack is strictly by invitation only.  

To RSVP head to (password: policyhack2018) and reserve your seat before 9 May 2018.  If you have any questions please feel free to contact Frank Tonkin (02) 62136139 or


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