Advance Year In Review

October: Advance Awards, October news and supporting AIME mentoring



October is always equally exciting and busy with Advance’s main event of the year celebrating Australian changemakers in thought and innovation.

Held on 18 October at the historic Sydney Town Hall, 12 high-achieving global Australians were celebrated at the 2018 Advance Awards. Their achievements are at the forefront of some of the most exciting, innovative industries and developments around the world. 

Advance is extremely grateful for the tremendous support from our partners who made the Awards possible. A big thank you to the Australian Government - Government Partner; National Australia Bank - Major Partner; The Dow Chemical Company and OFX - Awards Partners and our Supporting Partners - Cafe Sydney, QT Hotels and Resorts, Valiant Events, McCarthy Mentoring, Allegis Partners. Read the event wrap up here.

In other October news, Advance community gathered in Hong Kong on 31 Oct for an evening of art and celebration - a unique Australian experience presented by internationally acclaimed cinematographer, Christopher Doyle (Du Ke Feng). Special thanks to Advance Global Board Member Michelle Garnaut AO for hosting the salon at her glamorous home. Read more here.

Congratulations to Michelle Garnaut AO, Advance’s Board of Directors, who was awarded the Order of Australia for her contributions to Australia-China relations as a restaurateur and entrepreneur, her significant work in promoting Australian food, film and design as a supporter of literary and cultural programs, and as a role model.

Advance is excited to support AIME's new mentoring initiative which gives 200 US College students the chance to become "The Hooded Scholar" and lift kids out of inequality.

In this months Born Global, we explored the colorful megacity of Bangalore, capital of India's southern Karnataka state. Read the inspiring stories of the global Aussies who are making marks in this city!

Check out our latest Impact by Advance video on 2018 Advance Life Sciences Award winner, Dr Thomas Oxley, Founder and CEO of Synchron, who is doing incredible work that will change the lives of people suffering from paralysis.

Industry and Innovation Champions:

  • Tourism Australia is remaking travel experience Down Under via UnDiscover Australia campaign. Check it out here

  • Australia’s VC power couple.. Why Ian Gardiner walked away from Amazon to join his wife’s investment venture. Read more about it here

  • Renae Beaumont, 2018 Advance Education Award winner, has developed a gaming-based program to help children improve social and emotional resilience. Check out her interview on Nine News

  • Australian Kim Oelrichs bringing Aussie cafe etiquette to Hong Kong. Check out the full story here

  • 2018 Advance Overall Award winner, Dr Thomas Oxley, is the Australian neurologist, living far from home, who is creating "a communication prosthesis" that is so out of the ordinary, it could set the tone for an entirely new industry. Read more about it here

  • Two of the world’s largest social media platforms have invested $1 million into Australian anti-bullying social enterprise Project Rockit to help combat cyberbullying in schools across the country. Read more about it here