Brisbane 2019

Smart Seeds Showcase Event

28th May 2019

Order of Events 


5:00 PM Guests Arrival

5:15 PM Welcome
Acknowledgement of Country, Jason Steinberg, GHD
Jessica Gallagher, UQ Ventures
5:30 PM Presentations

People’s Choice Voting and Judges deliberations

6:30 PM Awards Announcement

Networking and refreshments


Masters of Ceremonies

Brisbane Program Lead

Jason Steinberg
South Queensland Business Development Manager, GHD

Program Coordinators

Rose Alexander and Zoe Hewison


Judging Panel

Jim Giannopoulos, South Queensland Operating Centre Manager, GHD
Nicky Vaisey, Manager – BR&T – Engineering, Boeing Research & Technology Australia
Dr Jessica Gallagher, Director – Global Engagement & Entrepreneurship, UQ

Presenting Teams


Challenge 1

How can we develop people to be flexible and adaptive, while giving the next generation the STEM education required to succeed in the future?

Rebekah Gilmour
– Veolia
Troy Lawrence – GHD
Stefan Odendall - GHD
Dea Maria – UQ
Leonard Wiliem – SunWater
Mentor: Natalie Clark, GHD

Challenge 2

How might we create a renewable and healthy water supply in growth areas?

Oliver Barry
– Caltex
Melissa Foster – GHD
Ryan Heit – Veolia
Angeline Salazar – SunWater
Jackson Skopp – GHD
Mentor: Craig Berry, GHD

Challenge 3

How can Brisbane’s CBD workers avoid major disruption during intense construction?

BrisLink – an integrated Traffic Solution Package

Daniel Blake
– Veolia
Curtis Godlonton
Maria Moffett
Minig Seah
William Shipperley
– Caltex

Mentor: Michael Barnes, GHD

Challenge 4

Community and building sustainability – if people care, how can they get information?

Discover Me BNE
Ivy Africa – Bristle Roofing
Mark Ezzy – BAC
Cj Mitchell – GHD
Kiran Narsey – GHD
Adam Tomlinson – Veolia
Farah Zoelkefli – UQ
Mentor: Brian Wheeler, GHD

Vote Now – People’s Choice Award

Which presentation was the most innovative, engaging, and persuasive?



Your feedback and idea support 

We now have 4 fresh ideas you can help grow with local leadership and entrepreneurship.
We invite you, as a Smart Seeds participant, mentor, fellow, industry leader or supporter to explore these ideas and consider how you could support their further development.

        Complete the Feedback and Idea Support Survey  



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Participating Organisations


Venue and Pitch Partner

Smart Seeds Program Facilitation, Design and City Support

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Key Dates

Information for Participants and Mentors Guide and Resources here 

Launch Workshop

1 April 2019

Ideation Workshop

17 April 2019

Influencing Change Workshop

29 April 2019

Pitch Practice 

15 May 2019

Showcase Event

28 May 2019

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