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Ingrid McCarthy – Program Manager, Inspiring Australia ACT and STEM Sells

Why is innovation important to you?
Innovation is important to me because we can’t keep doing things (eg: science, education) the same way and expect different results. The world is complex, our problems are complex, so we need innovative solutions.

What drives you to make a difference?
Communicating complex ideas in an accessible way, inspiring people, and fundamentally making the world a better place (via the wonders of science).

Do you have any advice for getting more women into the innovation ecosystem?
We need more female role models and a range of businesses – there is still a misconception that the CBR Innovation Networks is for tech geek males! I think some support for more family friendly events (eg: childcare) would be helpful too.