Advertising Feature: Makers and Tech Festival

The Makers & Technology Festival brings people and ideas together for the workforce of the future. Image Shutterstock.

The Makers & Technology Festival brings people and ideas together for the workforce of the future. Image Shutterstock.

It’s not uncommon for people think that we do not make anything in Australia any more, as the brand names associated with consumer products like cars and white-goods have closed down and gone offshore.

So what keeps 20,000 people employed in the Hunter and whey are employment numbers on the rebound?

In economic terms, the industry is being stimulated by the return of spending by mining companies, Governments on infrastructure products and in particular the entry of Defence industry companies into the local economy.

J and S Engineering are a sponsor of the Hunter Makers & Technology Festival, the photograph shows one of their mine trucks.

J and S Engineering are a sponsor of the Hunter Makers & Technology Festival, the photograph shows one of their mine trucks.

Significantly, the companies involved in supplying to these sectors are looking for skilled workers, rather than manual workers.

The Fourth Industrial Revolution (Industrie 4.0) based on machine to machine communication and machine learning, requires the best technicians and engineers that the Region can produce.

Science, technology, engineering, maths and the arts (STEAM) are the core skills for these new roles.

Varley provide a service, which is critical to the smooth operation of the Port, shown here is a Varley airboat.

Varley provide a service, which is critical to the smooth operation of the Port, shown here is a Varley airboat.

The Ai Group Greater Makers and Technology Festival 2018 is being held on  Friday September 21 and Saturday, September 22 at Newcastle Jockey Club, and will display a good cross section of current commercial “making” capabilities, ideas in the process of development (entrepreneurs/start-ups) and skills in the making for our technicians of future throughout our schools  – including primary schools, TAFE and University.

The Festival this year also includes the Hunter Electric Vehicle Show, displaying and demonstrating commercial electric cars, heavy racing bikes and a range of developmental vehicles for our future personal transport needs.

Entry to the Festival is FREE due to the support received from the Port of Newcastle, NSW Department of Premier and Cabinet, Training Services NSW, AGL, City of Newcastle, Molycop, the University of Newcastle, Varley Group, Newcastle Airport, The Herald and the Hunter Electric Vehicle Festival.

The Makers and Technology Festival details are as follows;

Friday September 21 

9.00am to 4pm – Business Visitors.

12.30pm to 1pm - Official opening by the Lord Mayor of Newcastle

1.00pm until 4pm – School Groups.

Saturday September 22

All visitors 9.00am to 3.30pm

For Business and General Visitor Invitations, a progressive list of exhibitors, draft speakers’ program and to register as a Business Visitor, please visit www.makersfestival.com.au

For further information please contact the Regional Manager of the Australian Industry Group Central Coast and Northern NSW, Ai Group, on 02 4925 8300 or email makersfestival@aigroup.com.au

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