In Summary

  • Swinburne is joining forces with Codex to host the World’s Top 50 Innovators Conference in Melbourne
  • This partnership will see the conference being held out of London for the first time
  • Swinburne continues to reinforce its position as the premier Industry 4.0 university in the country

UPDATE: Due to ongoing restrictions in response to COVID-19, the World's Top 50 Innovators Conference has been rescheduled to May 2022. Visit for more information.

Swinburne will be partnering with Codex to host the Codex World’s Top 50 Innovators (T50) 2021 Conference in Melbourne from 14 – 21 October. This collaboration will see Swinburne co–organise the next three 'World’s Top 50 Innovators’ Conferences over nine years, alternating between London and Melbourne for each event.

This partnership marks the first time that the iconic event will be held outside of London. The event in Melbourne will offer an exciting three-pronged schedule. The major part of the conference will be conducted in the heart of Melbourne city, including a number of free sessions open to the public, plus a series of smaller domain specific events which will be held on Swinburne’s Hawthorn campus. 

Promoting innovation in Victoria

“Codex and Swinburne are especially proud to bring one of the most prestigious events in the technology calendar to Melbourne, one of the best cities in the world to live in,” says Chief Executive Officer of Codex, Rakesh Rawal.

Mr Rawal adds, “A distinguished line-up of scientists, engineers, entrepreneurs and visionaries who are moving the world forward with the power of their ideas and technologies will convene to share their excitement in vibrant Melbourne.”

“Congratulations to Swinburne for securing the Codex World’s Top 50 Innovators Conference in Melbourne for 2021 and beyond. A wonderful endorsement of Melbourne and Victoria’s leadership in innovation,” says Chair of the Steering Committee, Michael Langhammer.

While the T50 event has typically spanned three days, Codex Melbourne will extend the broader event to seven days, which will include a regional tour for a select number of the World’s Top 50 Innovators to present in other key regions in the state, thus promoting innovation outside of Melbourne.

Furthermore, Codex Melbourne will work with Australian innovation and technology ambassadors to support and promote the event, providing an opportunity to showcase how Australian science and technology is making a global impact in so many areas of our lives.

“The conference will bring together the world’s greatest innovators to stimulate, unsettle and inspire us all as we emerge from the greatest disruption most of us have faced. A perfect opportunity for collaboration as together we rethink, reset and relaunch the future of industry and enterprise in this state,” Mr Langhammer adds.

A like-minded collaboration

“We are honoured to collaborate with Codex in bringing the World’s Top 50 Innovators Conference outside of London for the first time.

Staging this iconic event in Melbourne will make innovation and the world’s leading innovators more accessible in the Asia Pacific region and provide incredible opportunities for Victorians to learn about cutting edge technology that is changing the world,” says Swinburne’s Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Research and Enterprise) Professor Bronwyn Fox.

She adds, “The global audience attracted to this event will showcase Melbourne as a leader in the innovation ecosystem and reinforce Swinburne’s position as the premier Industry 4.0 university in the country.” 

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