BiiG 2022: Innovation for public service transformation

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April 4, 2022

The collision of innovation and public service is where the BiiG Network has always played and this year is no exception.

BiiG2022 ‒ Transforming Public Service – brings together a remarkable and diverse collection of practitioners, thinkers and leaders for whom the idea of transformation drives their work and fuels their commitment to public service.  We’ve convened a group of people constantly testing their own practice against this year’s big themes – people, practice, innovation, and performance.

The 2022 conference will be co-hosted by Wayne Gerard, Queensland’s chief entrepreneur who, as well as his role across the whole conference, will run two sessions, one called “government and start-ups: opposites or an opportunity” and the other a leadership “hot seat” and curious problem-solving workshop.

Opening the conference is Beth Noveck. One of the world’s leading writers and practitioners of public innovation, Beth leads the GovLab’s work on public problem solving and heads the innovation team for the State of New Jersey. She’ll be talking about new approaches to solving public problems and offering “a practical guide to fix our government and change our world.”

At the other end, our closing speaker is Dr Jason Fox (aka The Wizard), who will lead us through the story of how we can all “make clever happen”.

In between, we’ll hear from:

  • Mikaela Jade, Cabrogal Woman, co-founder and CEO of award-winning Indigital, developing innovative ways to digitise and translate knowledge and culture from remote and ancient communities. Eighty percent female and Indigenous, Indigital works from country. Mikaela is also a member of the World Economic Forum Future Council on Augmented and Virtual Reality.
  • Lil Anderson (Te Rarawa and Ngāpuhi) is the Tumu Whakarae (Chief Executive) of the Office for Māori Crown Relations, ANZSOG – Te Arawhiti (Te Arawhiti). She is originally from the small community of Panguru in the far north of New Zealand.
  • Jordan O’Reilly, CEO of HireUp and one of Australia’s most successful social entrepreneurs, pioneering new digital platforms to connect people with disabilities and carers with dignity, choice and power.
  • Vu Tran, chief evangelist and co-founder of Queensland-founded Go1, which has grown to be a billion-dollar business with clients in more than 18 countries ranging from TikTok, Qantas, major banks, government and partnerships with Adobe, Meta and Microsoft.
  • Professor Toby Lowe, visiting professor of Public Management at the Centre for Public Impact, and the pioneer of Human Learning Systems or, as he describes it, “public service for the real world”.
  • Dr Catherine Ball, scientific futurist, advisor, author, founder, executive producer, and executive director working across global projects where emerging technologies meet humanitarian, education and environmental needs.

Queensland public sector leaders will also take the stage, including head of the Queensland Department of the Premier and Cabinet Rachel Hunter; Queensland Under Treasurer Leon Allen and Chief Executive of Queensland Treasury Corporation Philip Noble.

And there are many more, including some wonderful breakout sessions led by our session partners and sponsors, details of which you’ll find in our online program.

Although we’re thrilled that all of these people have accepted our invitation, the point is not to wonder and admire (although we do) but to engage and learn. The point of the BiiG2022 “faculty” is the collective intelligence and practical wisdom they bring from a base of experience that informs not only their own work, but the advice and guidance they can offer to our participants. 

They will tell their stories, offer advice, answer questions and take the discussion right to the operating reality of today’s public sector.

As always at BiiG, there will be some theory and out-there thinking, oodles of practice and a chance to not just listen, but to get hold of some ideas that will speak straight to the contemporary world of public service innovation.

Two themes have recurred throughout the BiiG annual conferences in the past few years, and they will be true again in April.

The first is the importance of public service and the value of, and pride in, good government done well.  The past couple of years especially have reinforced the role good policy and well designed and effectively delivered public services play when the watchwords are safety, resilience and a shared sense of purpose.  And they matter, too, when sustainability and inclusive growth are driving recovery, investment and jobs.

The second theme is innovation and the constant search to build deep into the practice of good public service the search for better ways to solve problems to help people and communities thrive.

Each of the conference sessions in their different ways will twist these two themes together over the two days of the conference, resulting in a rich store of ideas and insights that will provoke as much discussion and reflection as they will offer practical advice.

Don’t miss it.

The BiiG Network is an internal network in the Queensland Government, hosted by Queensland Treasury.

The 2022 event is held in collaboration with the Queensland Chief Entrepreneur.

Queensland Treasury Corporation and Go1 are the major partners.

The Mandarin is exclusive media partner.

Registrations are now open for the live (in-person) event. Virtual Passes are also available Australia wide.


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