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Goodness Festival 2018

Goodness Festival is the regional festival all about science, sustainability and innovation.

Hear from Astrophysicist Natasha Hurley-Walker on using radio waves to explore the distant reaches of the Universe, discover the unseen science happening around Geraldton on a secret spaces tour, and bring the family to the Tools of the Trade Discovery Day at the Geraldton Regional Trade Training Centre.

Having engaged more than 6,000 people last year, the Goodness Festival 2018 – dedicated to science, sustainability and innovation is shaping up to be the best one yet!

The Goodness Festival is a series of family-friendly events that challenge participants to discover all kinds of science in the Mid West – often in the places you’d least expect.

So come along and get your science on!


The Goodness Festival 2018 overall objective is to inspire and engage more than 6000 people in science, sustainability and innovation engagement activities through a week-long festival of activities. We have specific purposes aligned with National Science WeekPollinators and Scinapse strategies.

  • Purpose 1: To spark broad interest in science, sustainability and innovation — using everyday activities and interests as a entry point for deeper experiences and understanding.
  • Purpose 2: To help move those who are simply interested to become engaged — partnering with locals to create pathways to ongoing engagement in community or research activities.
  • Purpose 3: To provide opportunities for all — ensuring a mix of the types, timing and level of activities and the way in which they are promoted.
  • Purpose 4: To foster partnerships between the community, research organisations and industry — working practically together on themes, activities to achieve mutual outcomes.
  • Purpose 5: To trial new engagement methods and showcase innovative content— use technology for webcasting and outreach, sharing pitches, ideas and innovations.
  • Engagement – with nature, science, each other, past, present and future,
  • Energy – enabling expression of our passion, intelligence, drive and creativity,
  • Enquiry – into local opportunities, global challenges and collaborative solutions,
  • Enjoyment – having fun while engaging in critical discussions and serious topics.

Coordination – Mark Canny Mob: 0428 617 205

Organisation – Emma Jackson Mob: 0438 925 058

Engagement – Kirsty Kipling Mob: 0435 200 898

Visit the Goodness website to find out more!

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Pitch, Plan and Projection

Pitch, Plan and Projections

Each year we have several events and programs, like Catalyst and Startup Weekend, where participants present their idea for a new innovation or venture to an audience. This can sometimes be the pinnacle of months or preparation, or just a few hours. However people come to this point it’s usually a key moment in the development of […]

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Field Notes on Collaborative Ecology

Field Notes on Collaborative Ecology — Blues for the Bush presentation

Blues for the Bush combines a open day with evening entertainment at Bush Heritage Australia’s Charles Darwin Reserve, east of Perenjori. As part of the open day, Gunduwa Regional Conservation Organisation hosted a series of presentations on ‘collaboration’. Guiding questions for speakers included: Why collaborate, what is it all about, and is it ‘old’ or ‘new’. Collaboration is one […]

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Startup Weekend Geraldton

Geraldton Startup Weekend offers everyone in the Midwest the opportunity to LEARN  how to turn an IDEA into a Startup and on to a viable venture or project.

This weekend is centered around action, innovation, and education. Whether you are looking for feedback on a idea, a co-founder, specific skill sets, a team to help you execute, or investment, this Startup Weekends is the perfect environment in which to test your idea and take the first steps towards launching your own startup.

Tickets are available for only Friday night, or the whole weekend, register via Eventbrite:

Entrepreneur's Journey

Entrepreneur’s Journey

Startup Weekend is primarily a LEARNING experience, where access to tools, coaches, mentors and collaborators accelerates your learning. While the best outcome is learning, it also happens that Startup Weekend is the largest single source of new ventures. And while Startup Weekends origins are in the technology community (apps and software), globally this approach has now been used with a focus on healthcare, women, social challenges and more. Read more about the diverse locations and topics on the Startup Weekend site.

Now, thanks to MMG Golden GroveUp GlobalPollinators Inc and Lifetime Services, Startup Weekend is coming to Geraldton. We’ve tailored the schedule for our community and condensed into an amazing 30-hour event beginning with Friday night pitches, and continuing on Saturday with brainstorming, business model development, customer validation, basic prototyping and final presentations.

For Geradtlon Startup whether your idea is about technology, arts, or trying to solve a social problem, this is your chance to knock it into shape, FAST, and gain momentum to realise your dream. It’s also a GREAT lead-in to our Catalyst program.


Startup Weekend takes a team-based approach, where not all ideas pitched will be worked on. Some of the best learning comes from helping someone else on their idea or venture, without the emotional attachment and responsibility!

The event flow is:

  • Friday Night (detailed timing for 2014 Geraldton Startup Weekend Friday here)
    • Pitches — everyone who wants to has a 1 minute pitch
    • Networking — an opportunity to learn more about other people, the ideas
    • Voting — use sticky notes to vote for the top ideas
    • Form Teams — teams are formed
  • Saturday (detailed timing for 2014 Geraldton Startup Weekend Saturday here)
    • Work on your ideas — use tools, resources, coaches, mentors, customers and developers to form your idea into a viable proposition
    • Pitches — all teams practice then pitch for 5 minutes to the judges

Participants get:

  • Support from coaches and mentors from across the community — legal, financial, technical, branding and marketing advice for free!
  • All materials, templates, tools and contacts — for planning the business model, validating with customers and creating a minimum viable product
  • Food and drink for the duration of the event — 4 square meals!
  • Free resources from Startup Weekend sponsors like Amazon web services, .co, 3M and more
  • Prizes for the best ventures, and spot prizes for great team members.
  • Facilitation by a team of expert and enthusiastic organisers.

There are three information sessions, on 3rd, 10th and 17th September, to learn more about Geraldton Startup Weekend

Tickets are available via Eventbrite:

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