Meetings are held at the South West Community Centre,
171 Sturt Street, Adelaide.

On the 3rd Thursday of each month, 7 pm for 7:30 pm start…
Except December - see below...

A meal before the meeting?
All members and visitors are welcome to meet from 6.00 pm for a relaxing meal at Hawkers Corner, Corner of Wright Street and West Terrace, Adelaide. This is a good time to wind-down from a busy day and just chat before the main meeting.
Parking on West Terrace after 6:00pm

NEXT MEETING - Thursday, 20th April 2017 - 7:00 for 7:30pm

Guest Speaker: Ron Johnson


Ron retired a few years ago, from a career in Risk Management, OH&S and related activities. Ron is also the author of several books on Public Speaking and Risk Management. Presently he utilises his speaking, presentation and singing skills as an entertainer. He established the first Rostrum Presentation Skills Club in Australia.
In the current business environment, a PowerPoint or similar multimedia show is required to back up what you have to say. There are many pitfalls, and Ron will show you how to avoid the traps, what a good presentation looks like and point you towards help should you need it.

PREVIOUS MEETING - Thursday, 16th March 2017

Guest Speaker: John Missikos Tinker Electric

“The Internet of Things (IoT)”

John Missikos is founder and engineer at Tinker Electric. He has a varied background in building automation into big mine sites as well as into somewhat smaller devices like automatic cocktail machines, which allows him to think out of the box for his clients. Helping get products get off the ground from idea to market is his forte. His background is Internet of Things, Web+Mobile development, electronics and automation.

Links from the meeting.

Interview with Tisham Dhar on his Open Energy Monitor and it's upcoming crowdfunding campaign. We chat about Open Source, bringing a product to market, using crowdfunding to prove a product.

eBook of the 5 steps you need to take to get your electronics prototype off the ground

16th February 2017
Guest Speaker: Danielle Tinker


Whilst it is better to let the professionals do videos, often Inventors have limited finances and listening to Danielle and looking at some excellent videos on the internet should markedly improve your venture.
Danielle freelanced in Sydney for 5 years producing corporate videos for NSW government and editing for the ABC and QANTAS. She has written, produced, and directed several successful short films.

Come and learn video making …

An example of a promotional video produced by redbikini.

Here is the script for the video.(PDF)


19th January, 2017

Guest Speakers: Rick Heidenreich - Inventors Association Member
and Adam Webb

Come and hear about RODENT DETERRENT
Living in the country, Rick is aware of the destruction caused by rats, mice and other creatures who prefer our dwellings to their own and searched for a solution that didn’t require poison baits or traps that leave decaying bodies behind or ultrasonics that can upset pets and livestock.
His solution simply persuades the rodent to leave by making their environment unpleasant.
Come and hear his story …

Thursday, December 8, 201

Inventors Christmas Party

There is no Guest Speaker tonight...
Bring your partner and celebrate another great year of inventions, non-members invited too.
Either bring a plate, savoury or sweet to share or contribute ($5) to Pizzas. BYO drinks;
coffee & tea will be supplied and enjoy great great conversation and video's from Eric

17th November 2016
Guest Speaker: Omid Rad
INTELLIWEED as seen on Shark Tank*


Come and hear about SHARK TANK* from Omid Rad.

Omid brought the Group Kinetica team together in 2005 and has been working here and abroad to develop innovative horticultural products.

A serial inventor and entrepreneur with a passion to make Goodness Grow, he has concentrated on improving and creating sustainable horticultural systems and tools to maintain them.

Omid recognised an opportunity to bring a range of plant material from his birthplace, Iran, as the similarities in climate and environment as very similar and these have been very lucrative for Australian growers.

This endeavour became his life-passion and has culminated into several patented technologies as well as many new varieties of fruit and vegetable developed over the past decade.

- * Shark Tank is an Australian reality competition television series that premiered 8 February 2015, on Network Ten.
-    Click the left image to watch a YouTube video and the right image to go to the website.

20th October 2016

Guest Speaker: Natalie Spillane




Crosby Dalwood

The ideas and concepts are there, the design has been refined, the prototype is in the works….. what now? Having a vision for a new or better invention is exciting, but you need to be able to communicate that vision beyond the concept stage to others who maybe can’t see that vision.
Natalie is an Accountant and Business Advisor who has been working with a variety of businesses for over 15 years. She will be looking at Business Plans and for inventors and how to go about putting one together, as well as why they need to do more than just gather dust on a shelf.
She will also look at financial record-keeping, some of the software available to make this as simple as possible, and why these records are important from day one.
A special thanks to Peta Coughlin, Eastside Business Enterprise Centre for organising our speaker.

15th September 2016
Guest Speaker: Brenton Diener - Solar Water Pumps

At 71, Brenton enjoys the challenge of solving industrial and rural problems and has done this since 1984.
Whilst he offers a range of standard equipment, he also has a large workshop in Kapunda and the ability to adapt to suit the customer’s needs.
In the last year, his turnover has increased by 30% to 1.3 million with 3 employees plus himself.
As his wares often have to be transported great distances, so damage resistance, minimum volume and the ability to be assembled by unskilled labour has to be designed in.
He recently showed one of his pumps at the 2016 Science Alive! exhibition, on our IAA stand.
Come and gain some insight into running a business and inventing by an expert.
18th August 2016
Guest Speaker: Ralph Drage

Imagine trying to put fuel in your car and not having the strength in your hands to operate the nozzle.
This is one of the many problems both simple and complex solved by TADSA, now in its 38th year, in a bid to improve people’s lives.
Adelaide born Ralph Drage has a background as a Fitter & Turner, Car Restorer through to Industrial Engineer and coordinates through 40 volunteers, the projects TADSA is called upon to do.
He will show some of the more challenging solutions and beware they are on the lookout for more volunteers.


21st July 2016
Guest Speaker: Joanna Lamek

Joanna Lamek is a digital specialist and founder of “Start Me Up Adelaide”. She is creating businesses and turning creative ideas into reality. Crowdfunding is making a huge impact on our economy, with startups and businesses to introducing new products and services. 

Joanna will talk about:

    - What is crowdfunding? 
    - Benefits and types of crowdfunding for inventors
    - Things inventors need to consider before launching crowdfunding campaign
    - Which crowdfunding platform is right for your project
    - Industry Statistics
16th June 2016
Guest Speaker: Anna Tripodi (Inspired Directionz)

Anna Tripodi is a small business consultant and mentor as well as an event manager, MC and promoter.
Her talk will be interactive and tailored towards Inventors covering:
Why social media is so important
A brief outline of the different social media platforms available and which ones will be most beneficial for inventors
Understanding how to use social media as a business/inventor
How to find out more on each platform
Engaging professionals to manage social media
19th May 2016
Guest Speakers: Adelaide First Person View Racing

They ride along with their drones through a camera in the front and drive them in real time.
Adelaide City Council now allows them to fly in the Adelaide Parklands.
This is worldwide sport and they promote safe and responsible racing as well as teaching new comers to build and race their own creations.
They provide a great insight into Drones as well a great nights entertainment.
21st April 2016
Guest Speaker: Brian O'Malley (OCLOC

In 2010 Brian O'Malley and Andrew Stevens won both Peoples Choice and Episode Winner on the ABC New Inventors program with a repair system for broken Permapine posts for grape vine trellises. 
With interest from the USA they developed a repair system for the steel posts used there.
With this wealth of experience they developed a post that wouldn't need repairing.
17th March 2016
Guest Speaker: Chris Hayward - IP Australia

Patents are not the only form of protection for the new invention and are often a huge drain on limited finances and whilst they are the mainstay of licensing agreements, the inventor is often is required to prosecute infringers under that same agreement, a further drain on their finances.
Chris Hayward from IP Australia will be our keynote speaker in an open forum with our own Howard Schulze and Tony Rossiter.
Protection is a mixture of assets including manufacturing secrets, confidentiality agreements, tooling, experience, contacts, distribution, trademark, copyright, trade dress, approvals from statuary bodies, domain names, and mechanical copy protection.
Come and discuss these in our forum.
18th February 2016
Guest Speakers: Peter March & Ken Bell (StaminaLift

Staminalift 5 (Reduced)

Developed in a farm workshop by a hospital employee, ex farmer/handyman, and farmer, joined shortly by an accountant, computers were foreign and skills readjustment was rapid.

During this time they leaned heavily on anyone willing to help and patented and trademarked their IP.

Ken Bell successfully promoted an early model in Adelaide, interstate and eventually in London. The last move proved a need to change direction, so StaminaLift International Ltd. was formed in July 2010 with additional shareholders.

They designed new machines, won prestigious awards, and rank as #1 in bed moving technology, an overnight success in 12 years.
Thursday 21st January 2016
Guest Speaker: Tony Rossiter

The Story of John Harrison
An 18th Century inventor who spent his and a large part of his sons life improving navigation by inventing a clock that would keep accurate time at sea.

The things that effected accuracy were, winding, temperature, friction, lubricants, humidity, atmospheric pressure, ship movement, magnetic fields and finally the bain of all inventors, the cost, about a third of the ships cost!

He was lied to, deceived, cheated and finally.......... well come and find out.


No Guest Speaker in December 2015


Inventors Christmas Party
Bring your partner and celebrate another great year of inventions, non-members invited too. Either bring a plate or sweet to share or contribute to Pizzas. BYO drinks; coffee & tea will be supplied and enjoy great great conversation and video's from Eric.

November 2015 Guest Speaker: Stephen Marlow


Stephen Marlow has had a career in journalism, public relations, government relations and community engagement for the past 45 years. During that time he has acted as a media adviser to a former SA Premier and Attorney General and spent time as Corporate Relations Manager at ASX and Investor Relations Manager at AMP. He has extensive experience with the SA Government at both a political and departmental level and currently advises public and private sector clients on all aspects of communications at both the strategic and implementation levels.

His presentation will be highly interactive and will highlight the importance of business communication to targeted stakeholders and how best to achieve this.

Howard Schulze - Retired Patent Attorney
Over the next few meeting, Howard will summarise the trade mark system, covering:
Searching for a name
The pros and cons of the system
The dangers
The value of urls
Value of use and/or registration
Copyright in the trademark system
October 2015 Guest Speakers Terance Cody and Dennis Graney
Terrance Cody
Terence Cody started his professional life as a PMG technician, he later completed an engineering degree in 1967. He has experience in cable ploughing, phone exchange installation and its transmission systems. In 1985 he rounded his experience with an MBA and worked throughout Australia as an engineer until 1992, when he left to pursue a passion for developing new systems and concepts.
He will talk about his successes and failures in inventing in conjunction with Dennis Graney who worked closely with him.

Howard Schulze - Retired Patent Attorney
Over the next few meeting, Howard will summarise the trade mark system, covering:
Searching for a name
The pros and cons of the system
The dangers
The value of urls
Value of use and/or registration
Copyright in the trademark system
September 2015 Guest Speakers
September picture

Tom Hilder & Geoff Forrest (IAA committee members)
will hold a workshop:
Will it work?
Will it pay?

Do you have an inventive idea?
Wondering what you should do next?
"Will it work?" has two parts; is it technically feasible, and is it financially feasible?
"Will it pay?" Would you like to know how to work out what it could be worth?
August 2015 Guest Speakers:
Gavin Smith / Will Tamblyn
“Voxiebox – An inventing journey from our sheds in Adelaide to demonstrating to NASA”

3d Viewer
Gavin Smith and Will Tamblyn will tell you about Voxiebox, a new type of 3D holographic display where you and your friends can see 3D images from any angle without the need for special glasses.

This sort of holographic display has been the hallmark of Science Fiction for decades and the promised future of display technology. It can be used for any sort of 3D visualisation or interactive content, from medical imaging to education, from advertising to video games.
There is nothing else like Voxiebox


Howard Schulze our patent guru will talk about the wording of claims

Please note: The Adelaide branch AGM will be held at this meeting
July 2015 Guest Speakers
Scott Boocock “Hegs – An evolutionary new step in clothes pegs”

Aussie Innovator Scott Boocock is a passionate entrepreneur. He was hanging laundry when he had an idea: clothes pegs with hooks. His idea turned into the product HEGS, which has won the prestigious international Good Design Award and was featured on Channel 10’s Shark Tank Australia. Scott’s commitment to taking his backyard idea and creating an Aussie invented, made, and built product will inspire you and show that it is possible to turn your ideas into action.”

Howard Schultz
former senior partner at Collison and Co, held a short workshop on patenting.
June 2015 Guest Speakers
Andrew Whittaker from Fingo Product Development.
Andrew presented two case studies, Mrs Peggs Handy Line, Coopers Home Brew Kit and showed the prototypes.
Both are from local clients and have very different stories.

Howard Schultz former senior partner at Collison and Co, held a short workshop on patenting.
May 2015 Guest Speaker
Michael Liner,
The first in the “Just a Thought” series of interactive workshops: “Searching for Answers”

Howard Schultz former senior partner at Collison and Co, held a short workshop on patenting.
April 2015 Guest Speakers
John Campbell,
“Clever Concrete Construction”

John Campbell (B Sc Chem.) has developed concrete technology for 45 years and his own consultancy for over 20 years, advising engineers and architects on concrete with consistent, flow and strength properties.
His construction technology includes shotcrete, spray renders, Hebel block adhesive, blue board renders, accelerators and retarders for cold/hot conditions and adhesives old/new concrete joints.

He has pioneered the use of concrete in third world countries for water, septic, culturally friendly earthquake, cyclone and tsunami resistant building systems.

A farmer, environmentalist, he has led the re-greening of the Willunga hills face for 22 years.

Howard Schultz former senior partner at Collison and Co, held a short workshop on patenting.
March 2015 Guest Speaker
Greg Freebairn, a scientist with DSTO

“History of Rocketry” Greg Freebairn will provide a fascinating insight into “The History of Rocketry” from the Chinese to modern day. He is a scientist with DSTO, an accomplished speaker with Rostrum with a B.Sc in Physics and Aero Space Engineering, his specialty is Solid Rocket Motors.

Greg lives in the North East with his wife and two children and is an avid fisherman. He started his working life as manager of a Cash Converters and so has seen life from all sides.
February 2015 Guest Speaker
Peter Cullin – ”Cullector Ultra Efficient Shower”

During the worst drought in living memory, Peter created a shower with many features.
It saves water, money and greenhouse gases.
Cullector is an economical DIY installation that replaces your existing shower.
Peter has the product manufactured and sells through his website.
Covered by Australian and US patents, it featured on ABC New Inventors.
Peter received many grants and Crowd Funding through Kick Starter.
January 2015 Guest Speaker
Ian Durieu – The Leon Audio Company

“Security Speaker Isolation Module” Speaker Isolation Module Speaker Isolation Module


December 2014 Guest Speaker
Tony Rossiter, inventor of Vergola will provide a short humorous rendition about Vergola’s failed attempt to sell the product in India.

November 2014 Guest Speaker
Brett Jackson – INNOVYZ

Brett is a Senior Partner, and co-founder of Innovyz and Innovyz START. Innovyz is an Adelaide based business consultancy where we help validate innovations, build world class teams, assist teams attract funding aligned with their goals. Innovyz START is a Business Accelerator, created to empower entrepreneurial teams with the insight and the skill to commercialise innovation and rapidly scale their companies. Brett’s role focuses on relationship management, sales and marketing activities.
October 2014 Guest Speaker
Julio Gomez – IAA(Qld) President
“Early Intervention Programme” for Inventors
September 2014 Guest Speaker
Ian Durieu – The Leon Audio Company
“An Advanced Theatre Cue Light System”

In the theatre a switch controlling a remote light bulb is used to cue actors and a broken bulb or cable can spell disaster. Ian’s cueing system has evolved over 20 years and operates up to 60 lights on a single cable with actor feedback, multiple cueing and ability to be linked to the show’s computer. His system is used worldwide by organisations such as Cirque du Soleil and Sydney Opera House.
August 2014 Guest Speakers
Eric Rodda “The Both Brothers”

Eric showed some video and talked about the Both Brothers; South Australian inventors from the small town of Caltowie, Ted & Don Both are responsible for some of the most important medical and scientific inventions known to man.
Tony Rossiter
“A Presentation on Presentations”

Tony spoke about to impress your audience, an important skill in selling your invention. This is based on a coaching check list used by Rostrum.
July 2014 Guest Speaker
Stephen Kelly of Tri-Spark Digital Electronic Ignitions

Stephen takes us through from the idea, research and development, prototyping and bringing the final product to market including all the up’s and down’s, in’s and out’s.
June 2014 Guest Speaker
Paul Segneri from Channel 44

Paul is the Director of Marketing & Sales
“Learn how you can promote your product or invention through the television media.”
May 2014 – 3D Printing Spectacular
Mathew Croucher and Adrian Sellick from Innovation Systems and representing the SA Library’s Innovation Lab
April – No meeting due to Easter
March 2014 Guest Speakers
Ivan2 “An Insight to Sales, Marketing, Brand Development, Design and YOU”

Ivan Zrinscak – Graphic Designer | Web Developer | Marketing Strategist | Branding Consultant
Ivan Vantagiato – Sales & Marketing Strategist | Sales Team Developer & Trainer | Corporate Negotiator | Entrepreneur | Brand Developer
February 2014 Guest Speakers
Miriam Henke and Michael Liner – “The Psychology Of Creativity – An Interactive Workshop”
January’s Guest Speaker
Michael Liner who spoke about “Research and Marketing on the Web and Social Media”


October 2014 meeting: Exploring “Learning the Craft of Inventing”

Creating a group think Project for the members as a practical exercise from
conception to product ownership.

September 2013  Guest Speaker
David Steinway, will be looking at:
1) Ways of promoting the Inventors Assn.
2) The Design Act
3) The process of one of his inventions
August 2013 Guest Speaker
Geoff Forrest who spoke on “Crowd Sourcing and Funding”
July 2013 Guest Speaker
Tom Hilder who spoke on “From Your Head to Your Hands”
June 2013 Guest Speaker
Marjon Martin, who spoke on “Eco Echoes”
May 2013 Guest Speaker
Howard Schulze speaking about the Patent systems.
April 2013 Guest Speaker
Brian Measday, who spoke about his ”Greenwell” journey.