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City supports Digital Innovation Festival with a Bendigo online hub

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The City of Greater Bendigo is supporting this year’s Digital Innovation Festival in Victoria (#DIFvic) with a series of free online events to celebrate our region’s innovation and entreprene­urship.

City Director Strategy and Growth Steve Hamilton said the City was delighted to present Bendigo DIF Hub as part of the festival, which runs from Wednesday August 25 to Wednesday September 8.

“DIFvic celebrates Victoria’s capabiliti­es and success stories and this year will promote digital skills, advanced technology and explore the jobs of the future,” Mr Hamilton said.

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Hub will showcase our region as a centre for GLJLWDO LQQRYDWLRQ R൵HULQJ RQOLQH HYHQWV WKDW will appeal to entreprene­urs and start-ups, businesses and local industry and those in education and research,” Mr Hamilton said. The Bendigo DIF Hub free events include:

• La Trobe Global Markets Accelerato­r Program on Friday August 27, 12pm-1pm. Run by La Trobe University, six participan­ts discuss their journey through the accelerato­r program including their key challenges, achievemen­ts, and ongoing outcomes with running and scaling a global start-up

• Funding Your Business Journey Workshop on Thursday August 31 at 9.30am to 11am. This experience­d panel of women founders ZLOO R൵HU SUDFWLFDO DGYLFH DQG H[SHULHQFHV DURXQG GL൵HUHQW IXQGLQJ PHWKRGV DYDLODEOH

• The Victorian Regional Growth Summit (RGS) on Wednesday September 1 from 8.45am to 4pm - this one-day summit will focus on online business and expanding digital knowledge, fostering collaborat­ion and inspiring local business communitie­s to help them grow. It provides an opportunit­y for regional and rural business owners to be part of an interactiv­e online workshop and networking sessions

• Girls in STEAM Electric Car Project workshop on Saturday September 4 at the Discovery, Science and Technology Centre (bookings required, subject to State Government health requiremen­ts and restrictio­ns). Bendigo Tech School is building an electric car in partnershi­p with industry and young girls from local schools. The team is converting a Range Rover Classic 3 Door into a Tesla powered 4-wheel drive. Hear from the students, links to future transport solutions and STEAM career pathways for girls

• Victorian Regional Growth Showcase on Monday September 6 from 10am to 1pm this half day event celebrates the key digital and innovation projects happening across Victoria. The showcase will share how the Regional Digital Fund is supporting local communitie­s based on four themes - connectivi­ty, digital hubs, digital health and digital inclusion

• 2020 Bendigo Invention and Innovation Festival on repeat – catch up on some of the best virtual sessions from inspiring local, national and internatio­nal leaders on a range of future-based topics

To register for the Bendigo DIF Hub events, visit: https://www.eventbrite.com.au/e/ dif2021-attend-the-bendigo-dif-hub-tickets-1639533298­23

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