Icebreaker16

More than 1000 business people, researchers, students and executives pitched their services, exchanged ideas and swapped contact details at Tonsley’s biggest networking event in October.

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More than 1000 business people, researchers, students and executives pitched their services, exchanged ideas and swapped contact details at Tonsley’s biggest networking event in October.

Icebreaker16 was also a Guinness World Record ‘speed networking’ attempt which drew 1062 participants, falling agonisingly short of the 1068 mark set by JCI Limburg in Flanders, Belgium, on 17 November 2014.

Participants had three minutes to state their case before moving on to another networker, with each person making 22 contacts.

Chair of Tonsley Steering Committee, Terry Burgess, said the event created new opportunities for businesses.

“Icebreaker16 was a new and exciting way of bringing business people together in a dynamic environment, interacting with academia, government and other businesses,” Mr Burgess said.

"Collaboration and inter-connectivity are integral to Tonsley which is linked to the world through SABRENet and GIGCity and is just 20 minutes from North Terrace, so it is fitting that the event brought together innovators, businesses, academics, researchers and other professionals in one place.

“I’d like to thank everyone who joined us for making Icebreaker16 a memorable event and coming so close to the Guinness World Record.

“Tonsley is a truly integrated precinct that has everything from tertiary education and industry-focused research through to commercial operations and start-ups. It will soon will see the start of the residential development with more than 800 dwellings.”

Icebreaker16 was run by Flinders University’s New Venture Institute, sponsored by Renewal SA on behalf of the South Australian Government, and supported by the City of Marion.

Tonsley’s foundation partners include Siemens, Flinders University, New Venture Institute, Innovyz, TAFE SA and SAGE Automation.

The precinct brings together vocational and higher education in newly built facilities.

As well as being home to Flinders University’s $120 million Computer Science, Engineering and Mathematics School, Tonsley incorporates TAFE’s $119 million complex that combined all the building, construction and renewable energy trades under one roof.