Northern Rivers businesses, students and graduates put their fresh ideas to the test today, at the National Innovation Games in Lismore.

Minister for Industry, Science and Technology Karen Andrews said the local event offered participants the chance to collaborate on business opportunities in clean energy.

“The Games allow people of all backgrounds, skills and interests to come up with practical ideas, which will boost the economy and create jobs,” Minister Andrews said.

“The Government is determined to foster innovative business thinking which drives productivity, that’s why we’re providing $3.5 million over two years for the delivery of the National Innovation Games.

“Businesses are able to explore ways to embrace technology and creative thinking, while students get the chance to showcase their skills and work with potential future employers.” 

Federal Member for Page Kevin Hogan said the Games allow local businesses, students and graduates the chance to pitch their solutions to clean energy challenges.

“It’s exciting to host the National Innovation Games in Lismore,” Mr Hogan said.

“The Games offer a fun and competitive environment for new and creative solutions to real-life challenges that are facing businesses in our local economy.”

The theme of the Games reflects the Lismore community’s strong interest in developing clean energy solutions.

In response to community consultation, Lismore City Council has set a goal to self-generate its electricity from renewable sources by 2023, adopting a range of energy efficiency measures, installing solar and assessing smart grid technologies.

The Lismore Games is one of up to 30 events taking place across metropolitan and regional areas over the next two years.

The Council of Small Business Organisations Australia is delivering the Games in conjunction with Paddl Co.

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