Expression of Interest to meet with World Economic Forum Representatives


Opportunity to present Queensland projects in Advanced Manufacturing and Circular Economy Transformation to representatives of the World Economic Forum

The World Economic Forum’s “Readiness for the Future of Production Report” states that Australia does not have a large manufacturing base, but has the resources and potentially the right combination of other capabilities to capitalise on leapfrogging opportunities in the new production paradigm. The report goes on to say that Australia sits in a position of “high-potential”.

To help develop this potential in Queensland, the Office of the Queensland Chief Entrepreneur (OQCE) invites innovative startups and companies that have implemented or are about to implement Advanced Manufacturing processes to submit an application to take part in roundtables with representatives from the World Economic Forum. These representatives will be visiting Queensland in late October 2019. The OQCE is especially interested in projects which include Industry 4.0 techniques and technologies that incorporate the Circular Economy.

Due to Queensland's geographic diversity, challenging environmental conditions and cost constraints, our manufacturing community have been strong innovators for many years. We understand that our manufacturing community are time-constrained trying to get products out the door, however participation in this event is an opportunity to promote the leading-edge work that is occurring across the state.

The goal of this exposure and potential collaboration with World Economic Forum, is to enable Queensland manufacturers to utilise all the available skills and resources, both nationally and internationally, to help drive innovation and deliver more effective business outcomes.

The World Economic Forum’s global Lighthouse Network represents a range of industries and geographies and provides a platform for sharing knowledge and best practice for scaling up technology adoption.
From this EOI process, selected Queensland companies will be invited to participate in roundtable events hosted by the OQCE and representatives from the World Economic Forum. Subsequently, if the World Economic Forum representatives see unique value in a project, there is a possibility that the project will be demonstrated as sectional work in Davos at the World Economic Forum in Switzerland 21-24 January 2020. To make a request to participate in the roundtables, please submit your project information in the ‘Case Overview’ template.

Queensland Chief Entrepreneur, Leanne Kemp will be a part of the World Economic Forum group in her role as co-Chair of the World Economic Forum Advanced Manufacturing Working Group. Leanne is very keen to demonstrate Queensland’s potential in Advanced Manufacturing to a global audience. 

If your project relates to several applications in Advanced Manufacturing processes or the Circular Economy initiatives, please feel free to submit multiple profiles. To participate, project profiles are requested to be emailed to by midnight on Wednesday 9 October 2019. All the roundtable discussions will be in the week commencing 28 October 2019.

The OQCE looks forward to receiving your Expression of Interest and offering your company this unique opportunity to engage at a very high level with international Advanced Manufacturing representatives.

EOIs are now closed for this event. 

For more information, see here: 

‘Lighthouse’ manufacturers lead the way—can the rest of the world keep up? [McKinsey & Co]

Fourth Industrial Revolution Beacons of Technology and Innovation in Manufacturing [World Economic Forum]