In partnership with Dr Pip Ryan, Thor delivered an innovation program to two regional public schools - Jindabyne Central and Bombala High. The students identified problems they wanted to tackle and created web-based solutions. Bombala needed local news and Jindy wanted to reduce transport CO2.
Rob McInnes - raised in Cooma and now Australia's best licensing professional - came to Jindabyne to deliver a session on Intellectual Property value and strategies for SMEs and startups.
Dr Greg French, then Australia's Ambassador to Italy, visited Jindabyne, hosted by SMIN. Dr French spoke with local businesses, Councillors and NSW Government representatives. We had lunch at Wild Brumby Distillery and explored opportunities to connect Jindabyne with Italy's mountain regions.
Her Excellency the Honourable Margaret Beazley AC QC, Governor of New South Wales visited and SMIN hosted. She spoke with businesses and educators, including a pitch from Econmenties, graduate of SMINs learning programs.
Following the amazing early work by Liam O’Duibhir, owner of 2PI software (and Regional MVP 2019), SMIN contributed to the establishment and growth of CregIN, led by Michael Phillips and supported by CBRIN.
IT internships and Eco-friendly commercial accommodation toiletries were among the startups pitching to our panel of investors, mentors, Government and the community.
Taking the youth-developed transport CO2 calculator and developing further with space-based technologies, at CBRIN space hack, with Mick Lubinskus and other mentors.
In 2019 we kicked off our learning programs with a Lean Startup Session. Lead by Micheal Phillips and Zachary Sequoia, of Canberra Innovation Network (CBRIN).
In 2020 a metro-based IT services company was bringing high-performing team members to the Snowy Mountains and wanted a session on Design Thinking . SMIN delivered a half-day workshop to help them understand the methodology and learn some tools.
In 2020, SMIN Co-Founder Thor Slater was recruited as local co-ordinator for a business-recovery service. The service was a collaboration between NSW Government and global services firm EY. Thor's role was connecting businesses to the services they needed to recover from bushfire and COVID impacts, driving grant outcomes and service streamlining.
Way back in Oct 2018, SMIN launched by gathering together local and regional stakeholders to unpack the challenges that would form the core of SMIN's activities.
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