Torch Innovation Week

About Torch Innovation Week

In April 2016, UNSW and the Ministry of Science and Technology (MOST) of China signed an agreement to establish the very first industry led ‘Torch Innovation Precinct’ outside of China at UNSW. The Precinct was officially launched in August 2016 with Phase one focusing on the development of research collaboration and commercialisation between UNSW researchers and Chinese enterprises. It has nearly been two years and Torch at UNSW have made solid progress in pipeline and partnerships development, engagement with industry and knowledge exchange. 

To celebrate the success of Phase One and kick off the development of the Phase Two physical precinct, as a Torch flagship event, the second Torch Innovation Week will be held from 29th October to 2nd November 2018 at UNSW Sydney Kensington Campus.

Launch of the Phase Two physical precinct at UNSW 

Phase Two will see the development of the large-sale innovation precinct that combines research, IP commercialisation, investment capital, multinational R&D centres, entrepreneurship, incubators and accelerators, staff and student start-ups, manufacturing and more. 

Why should I attend?

As a valuable participant to this event, you will be able to:

  • Get the first hand information on UNSW Precinct
  • Browse the state-of-the-art innovations and technologies at UNSW
  • Visit the state-of-the-art research infrastructure and facilities at UNSW (Free tours, advanced booking required)
  • Privileged access to UNSW technologies, start-up companies, expert researchers and talent students after the event with one on one follow-up
  • Opportunities to meet industry collaborators from overseas, corporates, suppliers, end users, SMES that help whole value chain acceleration

Event Program

Precinct Development Forum

Come and join a special forum to understand the vision and proposition of the Precinct. Share opinions and express your interest as a tenant for the UNSW precinct.

Date: Wednesday, 31st Oct.

Time: 1400 - 1700

Venue: Colombo Theatres, UNSW Sydney, Kensington, NSW, 2052, Australia

Technology and Research Showcase

UNSW researchers will deliver more than 100 privilege lectures on the most advanced technologies and the latest inventions in areas of energy, water and environment, health, materials, manufacturing, ICT (including automation), smart cities, social policies, food and more.

Date: Tuesday, 30th Oct. – Thursday, 1st Nov.

Time: 0900 - 1600

Venue: Colombo Theatres, UNSW Sydney, Kensington, NSW, 2052, Australia

Gala Dinner

Date: Wednesday, 31st Oct.

Time: 1900 - 2200 (Registration opens at 1830)

Venue: Leighton Hall, John Niland Scientia Building, UNSW Sydney, Kensington, NSW, 2052, Australia

Facility Tours

Date: Friday, 2nd Nov. (by registration only)


Registration Information

Registration is now open – it will remain open until venue capacity is reached. We encourage you to register early to avoid disappointment.

Early Bird Rate: $288.00 (Available until 24 Sept)

Standard Rate: $588.00

Your registration includes: 

  • Full event program;
  • Entry to all lectures and day sessions;
  • Morning and Afternoon Tea daily;
  • Lunch from Tuesday to Thursday;
  • Seat at the Gala Dinner (Wednesday 31 Sept);
  • Guided facility tours (Friday 2 Oct) (Booking essential); and 
  • Event gift bag

Please click on the link to register your attendance.

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