Meetings 2017


Thursday, 14th December 2017
There is no Guest Speaker tonight…

Inventors’ Christmas Party


Bring your partner and friends and celebrate another great year of inventions.
Either bring a plate, savoury or sweet to share or contribute ($5) to Pizzas. BYO drinks;
coffee & tea will be supplied and enjoy great conversation.
We will not be asking you to pay a visitor’s fee, just come and enjoy.

We have a fabulous selection of speakers for the new year, including two participants from Shark Tank, Tony talking about MailChimp, making potting soil and diesel fuel from waste, a trip to Tindo Solar to watch Solar Panels being made, the fabulous Mark Thomson and Sasha Dragovelic talking about gamification (Google it).

Thursday, 16th November 2017
Guest Speaker: Ian Hobbs
Mob: 0417 877 127


The name “Ecovortek” describes the concept behind the technology. The name is derived from “ecological, vortex and technology” hence eco-vor-tek.
They have increased yields on food crops, decreasing anaerobic bacteria by efficiently increasing dissolved oxygen. 
Softer water improves the taste, reduces calcium scale build up and aids cleaning. 
Ecovortek units have no running costs and are 100% maintenance free! They are installed in cafes, laundries, farms for irrigation and animals to drink. 
Domestic owners have reported improvements in skin conditions, hair, pet health and longer life from hot water systems.

Thursday, 19th October 2017
Guest Speaker: Mike Richards
0401 125 436

Manufacturing Technologies Centre

Mike Richards is the Manager of the Manufacturing Technologies Centre.
He has previously held economic development roles at the City of Playford, Innovate SA, Venture Capital Board, Centre for Innovation. 
He has also been Executive Officer for a business angel group as well as spent time as a Corporate Investigator at the Australian Securities and Investments Commission.

Thursday, 21st September 2017
Guest Speaker: Fiona Blinco

Facebook for Inventors


95% of people use Facebook, most many times a week…
Fiona and Richard Blinco jointly own and manage DIY Digital. Fiona regularly presents seminars on Facebook, MailChimp and Google.
DIY Digital specialises in online marketing for sole traders, small businesses, local shops and professionals. Keeping customers loyal and finding new ones through a savvy online presence and effective promotion is what they love to do.
DIY Digital works on a retainer or project basis so that sole traders can have marketing expertise at their fingertips.
They use the latest online marketing techniques including website development and editing, Facebook or LinkedIn content and advertising and email marketing.

Mobile: 0400 835 161

Thursday, 17th August 2017
Member Speaker: John Stankevicius


John Stankevicius specialises in Cloud Accounting for Small Businesses, Taxation and Management Accounting.
His claim to fame is setting up and overseeing the Associations accounts at no cost, for which we are very grateful.
He stresses that your business’s previous performance will indicate your way forward and that before investing in equipment or expertise that you calculate the return it should generate.
Self-Managed Superannuation Funds and Asset Protection in conjunction with Succession Planning (passing the business or families wealth to the next generation) should be seamless, without worrying about challenges to your wishes or moneys lost to government departments.


Thursday, 20th July 2017

Guest Speakers:
Malcolm Leahy – Beneficial Plastics – 0407822215, (08) 8445 2051
Mark Reina – Cadelaide – 0421 039 423

Business address: 16-24 Albion Street, Wingfield, SA 5013


Beneficial Plastic Products is a design, injection moulding and tool manufacturing company, which has been operating since 1990.
Malcolm Leahy has been in the plastics industry for over 40 years, and with a partner, developed a purpose-built blow moulding machine to produce spring water bottles for Australia and overseas.
In 1995, Mr. Leahy sold two companies, but retained Beneficial Plastic Products to develop a new self-closing tap for the spring water industry and for other markets.
The company is now focused primarily in developing and manufacturing plastic products and has a supporting on site infrastructure in tool design, tool making, plastic product design and injection moulding.

Thursday, 15th June 2017
7:30pm at Krix, 14 Chapman Road, Hackham, SA 5163 (not our usual venue).

Behind the cinema screen…

This month is a special treat, a visit to South Australian speaker maker KRIX… Where David Murphy, audio engineer and designer will discuss and show their solutions to improve production, environmental impact and selected R&D inventions leading to 3 patents. He will demonstrate a large 4 way cinema system in stereo and surround sound.

David Murphy – KRIX

Thursday, 18th May 2017

Guest Speaker: Sasha Dragovelic – Catalyst Foundation


Sasha Dragovelic is the Team Leader – Community Services & Employment at Catalyst Foundation and has responsibility for Marketing and Events, Employment and Business Programs, IT Operations and Digital Literacy programs. He leads Unfinished Business at Catalyst Foundation which is a business training program for seniors.
Sasha is a serial entrepreneur and is the founder of Futurepreneurs Launchpad, EntrepreTour and Co-Founder of Boss Camp and Any Space Global just to name a few. Sasha was awarded Mentor of the Year for 2016 by Startup Adelaide for his outstanding commitment to mentoring Startup and business founders. He is a mentor at the NVI Flinders Venture Dorm and Startup Adelaide Weekend. Sasha is also a Trustee of the Awesome Foundation Adelaide which gives out $1k each month to help some kick-start their idea.
Sasha is also a board member of Turkindi – The Indigenous Information Network of SA and his responsibility is Public Relations.

The Catalyst Foundation is at: 149 Currie St, Adelaide SA 5000 – Phone: 1800 636 368

Thursday, 20th April 2017

Guest Speaker: Ron Johnson
“Inventive Presentation Skills”

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.

Download: “Communications Skills” document from Ron Johnson

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.

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.


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 …