Well done to Global Table and Seeds and Chips for hosting Melbourne’s inaugural Global Food Innovation Summit!

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Young and Older generations, Corporations and Start Ups, Communities and World Leaders explore how we might solve some of the World’s Most Complex Problems identified and agreed upon by the UN. These are commonly referred to as the 17 SDGs.

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I was delighted to accompany students from Schools from across the nation prepared to share with delegates their desire to stand up and “make a difference”. These students were referred to as Teenovators.

It was so good to hear how World Leaders and Corporations are trying to address these 17 Sustainable Development Goals. These are very real problems and it is so encouraging to hear what people are doing to make a difference. As John Kerry quoted Nelson Mandela, “It will always seem impossible until it gets done”. Great to be inspired by World Leaders making the time to invest not only in increasing awareness but supporting young people to focus on such important issues such as Climate Change, World Hunger, Waste and so much more.

10 students from Cornish College, Flinders Christian College and Brentwood Secondary College were amongst the Teenovators that addressed delegates by way of introduction to keynote speakers and panels that were hosted over 3 days. These three schools are participating in the IoTKG pilot.

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Gemma Wildermuth was extended an impromptu invitation to join one the panels. It would be great to see more collaborations with Industry and Education on how we can address these Sustainable Development Goals. It was great seeing the SDGs on every stage as a constant reminder of how we might be able to make a difference.

A huge thank you to the Schools and their Teachers for supporting their students to be involved in what should become an annual event. A very empowering Summit that can’t help but inspire a call to action.

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