On 23 August 2018, CORE Innovation Hub celebrated two years as Australia’s collaboration and innovation hub for the resources and energy sector.
CORE’s Foundation Partners National Energy Resources Australia (NERA), METS Ignited, Austmine, WesTrac, Unearthed and Spacecubed, and more than 130 industry partners and members came together to celebrate this milestone at the Perth CBD hub. With entertainment from the Perth Symphony Orchestra, it was an event not to be missed.
CORE launched two new initiatives on the night: CORE Expert-in-Residence and CORE Skills, with delivery of its first professional ‘Geoscientist to Data Scientist’ course. Both programs will serve to advance capability in the sector by leveraging global thought leadership and upskilling industry with the digital and collaboration skills of the future.
CORE’s inaugural Expert-in-Residence Prof Ray Wills provided the keynote address, setting a vision and challenge to the CORE community to embrace new enterprise opportunities in energy metals. Prof Wills is recognised as one of the worlds’ top 100 Global Leaders in Sustainability and Global Influencers in social media on energy and co-authored Regional Development Australia’s report, ‘Lithium Valley: Establishing the Case for Energy Metals and Battery Manufacturing in Western Australia’, in July 2018.
The winner or the second round of the NERA CORE Start Award was also announced by NERA CEO Miranda Taylor. Technology company Chironix were announced as the recipient and have taken up residence in the CORE coworking space.