Regional Innovation

Lake Macquarie and the Hunter region has a rich history of innovation and ingenuity, of reinvention and resilience, of gritty creativity and industry. With major infrastructure developments underway and an accelerating innovation scene, now is the Hunter’s time.

We have included some links below to selected local institutions, networks and events focused on innovation:

Maker spaces and co-working spaces

Lake Macquarie and the Hunter are home to a number of co-working spaces, maker-spaces and business incubators. For a list of spaces in Lake Macquarie, see our Business page.

Hunter iF project

Hunter iF has been established as a not-for-profit support organisation to encourage and facilitate investment, jobs and growth as our region undergoes significant change. It does this by providing a one-stop-shop for innovation in the Hunter through a comprehensive, connected and cohesive package of services, programs and opportunities.

Smart Happens Here

Smart Happens Here showcases innovation in the Hunter’s sub-regions.

Newcastle Innovation - University of Newcastle

Newcastle Innovation (NI) is the industry engagement and commercialisation/technology transfer arm of the University of Newcastle.

Regional Development Australia Hunter (RDA)

RDA Hunter works to strengthen the Hunter as a competitive and modern metropolitan centre of excellence. It does this by securing funds for regionally significant infrastructure projects, providing effective connectivity between industry, education and the wider region economy and by driving investment to the Hunter region.

Newcastle IoT Pioneers and Things Network Community

If you are keen to learn more about, or even make a splash in the Internet of Things world, then the Meetup is for you. You can also join the Lake Macquarie and Newcastle Things Network Community.

Page last updated: 26 November 2018